Body LiftBody Lift for a Dramatic Difference

After the body has undergone dramatic and rapid weight loss, it is often unable to re-conform or adjust to its new, smaller proportions and loose skin accumulates in all areas where layers of fat previously existed. Exercise and topical treatments cannot meet the aesthetic and emotional challenges caused by sagging skin, but body lift surgery, performed by Dr. Farzad R. Nahai, a board-certified surgeon at The Center for Plastic Surgery at MetroDerm, P.C. in Atlanta, Georgia, is ideally suited for patients with this profile.

A body lift, also called a belt lipectomy, is a combination of surgical procedures to remove excess skin. A lower body lift is a butt lift, thigh lift, and tummy tuck. An upper body lift can vary but often includes an arm lift and removal of excess skin on the back and chest.

A body lift improves the shape and tone of the underlying tissue that supports skin and fat. Excess sagging skin and fat are removed improving a dimpled irregular skin surface. A body lift should be performed when the patient is as close to his/her desired weight as possible and has maintained a stable weight for at least six months. If both an upper and lower body lift is needed, Dr. Nahai will schedule the surgeries several months apart to allow adequate healing time.

About the Procedure

The full or partial body lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia. Dr. Nahai will make the incisions in locations where scarring is least obvious, such as low in the groin area or the back of the arm. After the incision is made, Dr. Farzad R. Nahai removes small deposits of fat, pulls the skin tight, and trims the excess skin.

Body lifts are not strictly for the removal of excess fat. Liposuction alone removes excess fat deposits where skin has good elasticity and is able to naturally conform to new body contours. In those instances where skin elasticity is poor, body life techniques along with liposuction may be recommended.

Aftercare and Recovery

Recovery after surgery is extensive, and you may need to remain hospitalized for a night or two. Dr. Nahai and his team will prescribe medication to help with the pain and prevent infection. Patients will likely experience tenderness, swelling, bruising, tingling, itching, and pain after the surgery. Do not shower for at least three days. Patients should remain in bed for a period of time with the body supported by pillows and then remain at home for up to four weeks. Dr. Nahai recommends avoiding exercising for up to three months. Full recovery can take many months so it is imperative you remain patient and allow your body to heal properly.

Dr. Nahai is committed to ensuring your surgery is totally successful. Please call The Center for Plastic Surgery at MetroDerm, P.C. at any time if you have questions or concerns.

Each patient is unique; therefore, results of treatment may vary.


The body lift procedure can give you a new lease on life. If this meets your goals, contact us at The Center for Plastic Surgery at MetroDerm, P.C. to schedule a consultation. The center serves patients around the metro Atlanta area including Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Roswell, and Buckhead.

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