What is the difference between a body lift and a lower body lift? I see some doctors say body lift and others call it a lower body lift and I just don’t understand how the actual surgeries are different…they seem like the same thing to me.

A: Lower body lift and body lift are essentially the same

The terms lower body lift and body lift refer to a surgery where an incision is made circumferentially around the waist area.  This may also be referred to as a central body lift or circumferential tummy tuck.  This procedure removes excess skin from the abdominal area as well as the outer thigh, groin, lower back and buttock areas.  Regardless of the particular name or phrase, this type of procedure is usually performed in patients who have lost significant amounts of weight, often times due to weight loss surgery (ex. lap band or gastric bypass).

These patients will usually have other areas of concern on their body such as their arms, inner thighs, breasts, chest wall and possibly neck. More than one surgery or stage is usually required to address these various areas.

Please consult with a board certified plastic surgeon who will outline a surgical plan based on your specific situation.  You should also obtain medical clearance from your primary care physician before embarking upon these types of surgeries.

Best wishes,

Dr. Bruno