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A body lift is a surgical procedure performed to improve the contour of the torso.  It is commonly performed after significant weight loss.  Often it can be combined with other body contouring procedures.  A consultation with Dr. Dec will help determine if you are an appropriate candidate for a body lift and help you understand the risks and benefits of surgery. 


During a body lift excess skin and fat are removed from your lower back and abdomen and the remaining skin and belly button are repositioned.  The incision goes all the way around your waist and is designed to hide in your undergarment.  The abdominal muscles can be tightened during the procedure to restore a more slender waistline.  The procedure takes approximately four hours.


After surgery your abdomen and back will feel tender.  Dr. Dec will prescribe medications to reduce pain and risk of infection.  You should expect to have drains after surgery.  Patients typically stay in the hospital overnight.


Bruising and swelling around the abdomen and back are normal and usually take two to three weeks to resolve.  Scars soften and fade over the course of several months.  You may resume mild activities the day after surgery and strenuous activities after six weeks.  You will see an improved contour of your torso immediately after surgery, which will continue to improve as you heal.


Request a consultation or call (212) 390-8400 to schedule an appointment.









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