After excessive weight loss, you may need some help to contour your body, so that you can get the well-proportioned figure you desire, and that’s where a body lift can help. A full body lift is designed to get rid of redundant, saggy skin. But what areas of the body are targeted in a full body lift, and how is the procedure done. What is a full body lift? A full body lift or total lift is asurgical procedure that is done to eliminate excess skin and fatty tissue in the midsection and upper thigh area, so as to achieve a sleeker appearance. It is the most effective procedure for individuals looking to restore the shape, and the tone of their skin. Body lift surgery is very popular among individuals that have undergone extensive weight loss whether as a consequence of bariatric surgery, or due to a program of diet and exercise. While a lift can tone and contour the body, it is often combined with other plastic surgery procedures such as a breast lift or arm lift, to achieve the desired rejuvenation. What areas of the body are targeted in a full body lift? People who lose a massive amount of weight are often left with folds of loose skin and tissue in the area of the mid to lower. This is the section is usually targeted with a full body lift. Common lift treatment areas include the abdomen, waist, hips, inner and outer thighs, buttocks, and the mid to lower back. However, your plastic surgeon will customize your lift depending on your specific needs. Body Lift Procedure A body lift is typically performed under general anesthesia. The incisions for the procedure are usually made around the waist and lower abdomen, and extend down to the thighs. The surgeon will then remove the excess skin and fat from the midsection and lower back. Removing the excess skin from the lower back will help to lift the buttocks. The remaining skin is tightened, and the underlying skin structure is shaped, so at to improve the overall contour. Liposuction is often combined with the body lift procedure to get rid of surplus fat. It can take 4-5 hours to perform; it all depends on the amount of skin that has to be removed. What to expect after surgery Recovery after a full body lift usually takes about 2 weeks. Most patients need to take at least one week off work, and should refrain from strenuous activities for 4-6 weeks. Patients are normally required to wear a compression garment to minimize swelling and fluid collection, and also help with the healing process. The compression garment is normally worn for about 6 weeks. However, patients should pay close attention to the post-op instructions of their surgeon regarding this. Some improvements will be seen within a few weeks of surgery after the majority of the swelling has resolved. However, depending on the extent of the procedures performed, the full results can take several months to be seen. Are you a good candidate? Many of the candidates for body contouring surgery have undergone dramatic weight loss, and are anxious to get rid of the unattractive folds of skin. However, individuals that have sagging skin as a result of aging orpregnancy may also be good candidates. If you think you may be an ideal candidate for a body lift its best to consult with a board certified plastic surgeon to learn more about the specific details of the procedure. The surgeon will be able to assess your suitability for the operation, and discuss your aesthetic goals. A fullbody lift is the most effective procedure to eliminate hanging skin and tissue, as it contours the body, in order to achieve total body rejuvenation.