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Are You a Good Candidate for Body Lift?

The human body undergoes several changes throughout life, some of which can negatively affect its shape and appearance and leave you with loose, excessively saggy, and/or hanging skin and uneven body contours.

Mrs Carla M Babicki  |  RGN

Last Updated On: May 27, 2023 | Published On: February 18, 2023

The factors responsible for causing these problems can range from genetic factors to natural and lifestyle aspects, like aging, sun damage, excessive weight loss, pregnancy, and bariatric surgery.

While a well-toned and contoured body can be theoretically achieved with a healthy diet and exercise, doing it in practicality is easier said than done, especially when you’re struggling with poor skin elasticity and excessively sagging skin. A body lift can fix the problem, helping you achieve the desired shape and a contoured body.

What is a Body Lift?

Body lift, also known as belt lipectomy or lower body lift, is a surgical procedure that combines multiple body contouring procedures to help raise and tighten loose and saggy skin of the thighs, flanks, buttocks, waist, abdomen, and groin. The procedure involves removing the excess skin of the target area and repositioning the tissues to create a firmer and more toned look.

Who is a Body Lift For? Eligibility Criteria for a Body Lift Surgery

A body lift may seem an ideal route for improving body shape, but it is not the right fit for everyone. Like any other medical procedure, there are certain prerequisites that one has to meet to qualify for this body contouring procedure. A good candidate for a body lift meets the following conditions:

Not Looking to Lose Weight

While your surgeon may remove small packets of fats left over from weight loss by combining a body lift surgery with a fat removal procedure, i.e., liposuction, it cannot remove large deposits of fat from the body. A body lift is not a fat removal procedure or a treatment for obesity or excess weight. Therefore, anyone considering it should be happy with their current weight. Those looking or working to shed a few more pounds should delay body lift until they reach their desired weight and keep at it for a while (maintain a stable weight).


A person considering getting a body lift should be a non-smoker. This applies to all forms of smoking, including cigarettes, hookah, and vaping. Smoking can interfere with the body’s natural healing process and may also compromise the results of body lifting surgery. Therefore, a body lift surgery candidate should be a non-smoker.

If you are a smoker, you can qualify for a body lift by quitting smoking at least three months prior to the surgery. You’ll also have to refrain from smoking for a minimum of three months after it. Talk to our body lifting surgeons to know more about it.

Good Health

The criteria for body lift candidacy also include good physical health. A person looking to get rid of sagging skin via a body lift surgery should not have any severe disease or illness. If you have had a disease and recovered from it, talk to a certified plastic surgeon at Manchester Private Hospital to know if you can qualify for the procedure.

Not Considering Pregnancy

Pregnancy can severely compromise the results of a body lift, especially in the abdominal area. Therefore, if you’re considering getting pregnant, it’s better to hold off on the body-shaping surgery until you’ve given birth and lost the excess weight gained during the pregnancy.

Healthy Lifestyle

An unhealthy lifestyle is one of the foremost obstacles to optimal outcomes of any medical procedure, whereas a healthy lifestyle significantly contributes to better results and faster healing. Therefore, you must maintain a healthy lifestyle with a nutrient-rich diet and exercise to improve the outcomes of a body lift surgery and speeds up the healing process.

Are There Any Risks Associated with the Body Lift Surgery?

There are always some risks associated with every medical procedure, especially surgical ones. However, the plastic surgeons at Manchester Private Hospital are board-certified and have extensive experience performing a range of body contouring and weight reduction surgeries, so you can rest assured that you’re in safe hands. Our body lifts UK experts carefully evaluate each patient’s physical health, medical history, and lifestyle factors to determine their candidacy for body lift surgery and the safety and possible risks for each of them.

Book a Free Consultation with us to get all the information about body lift UK costs, procedures, benefits, and risks.

How Long Does Body Lift Recovery Take?

The recovery time for patients who have undergone a body lift surgery can vary depending on what areas have been treated and how complex and comprehensive the procedure was. However, on average, it takes about four to six weeks to return to normal life. Exercise should be hold-off for about six to eight weeks. This avoids excessive pressure or abrasion on the incision sites, which can delay healing.

Post-surgery swelling usually begins to subside within four to six weeks; however, final results may take much longer to show up fully.

Are Body Lift Results Permanent?

The results of a body lift surgery can last for a lifetime, provided you do not gain or lose a significant amount of weight. However, you may notice some changes in firmness with increasing age and gravity.

Get in touch to book a free consultation with our body lift UK surgeons for one-on-one evaluation and more personalized guidelines.

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