Body Lift

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A Body Lift, also known as a belt lipectomy, is a general procedure that improves your appearance by removing excess fat and skin from a certain section or the entire body. Unlike specific area treatments like an arm lift or thigh lift, a Body Lift can treat larger areas or combine several different treatments in one procedure. Through a Body Lift, patients with excess sagging skin regain their mobility, natural body shape, and body confidence.

Depending on where your most troubling problem areas are, Dr. Bonillas can perform an upper, mid, lower or total Body Lift. Most patients seek a lower Body Lift to correct sagging and folds in these problem areas.

Is your loose, excess skin and tissue preventing you from exercising or wearing clothing comfortably?

A Body Lift will restore your confidence and comfort in one artful surgical session. To learn more about how Dr. Bonillas tailors every Body Lift to the unique cosmetic goals of his patients, call Scottsdale Plastics today to schedule your private, informative consultation.

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Why Get a Body Lift?

While our bodies have an amazing ability to recover from many physical changes, our skin typically does not regain its elasticity after stretching. Diet and exercise alone are not usually enough to return the skin back to its original taut position.

Major weight gain and weight loss, pregnancy, and other major changes in our physical dimensions can result in loose, sagging skin on the body, including the abdomen, flanks, back, arms, and buttocks. A body lift is a highly customizable surgical procedure that will remove sagging skin and excess fat to restore the body to a tight, smooth contour. A body lift can be customized into an upper, lower or total body lift. Depending on the patient’s aesthetic goals, Dr. Bonillas will perform the type of body lift that will be best to achieve the patient’s individual goals.

A Body Lift is far more than just a cosmetic procedure. Evidence shows that patients who receive body contouring procedures following major weight loss are far less likely to experience weight gain in the years following weight loss. Excess skin and tissue can make exercising uncomfortable and make patients feel self-conscious about their appearance. A body lift restores physical mobility and gives patients a renewed ability to take control of their physical health.

Types of Body Lifts

A Body Lift or lipectomy procedure can be customized to target specific areas of the body in an Upper or Lower Body Lift. Some patients will see their best results from a Total Body Lift.

Lower Body Lift

The most popular type of Body Lift that Dr. Bonillas performs is the belt lipectomy as a Lower Body Lift. A belt lipectomy, or 360-degree belt lipectomy, will remove excess skin and tissue circumferentially around the lower torso, from the abdomen, hips and lower back. Excess skin will be trimmed from these areas and unwanted fat will be removed. The patient may also have their abdominal muscles repaired and secured with an abdominoplasty during a lower body lift.

A lower body lift will make major improvements to a patient’s figure overall.

Depending on the specific case, some patients may opt to contour their buttocks with fat grafting and/or rotational flaps for augmentation. Dr. Bonillas will sculpt the abdomen, lower back, and buttocks as necessary to achieve the patient’s desired body contour. The skin will be artfully placed in a tight, attractive position.

Recipients of belt lipectomies experience a renewed confidence in the contour of their bodies and feel more comfortable exercising.

Upper Body Lift

An Upper Body Lift will address loose, hanging skin and tissue on the chest, upper back, and arms. Once excess fat, skin, and tissue have been removed, Dr. Bonillas will place the skin on the chest, back, and arms into an appealing lifted position.

Total Body Lift

Often, the hanging skin and stubborn, uneven fat deposits left after major weight loss can make the accomplishment of weight loss feel like a frustrating let-down. A Total Body Lift is a great option for patients who would like to address loose, sagging skin and unwanted tissue from both their upper and lower bodies to reveal their ideal healthy body contour. A Total Body Lift can be tailored to tighten loose skin and sculpt fat and tissue on the abdomen, hips, back, buttocks, chest, and arms.

Dr. Bonillas customizes every Body Lift to skillfully and safely tighten patients’ figures and help them return to comfortable mobility and a healthy shape they can feel good about. If you are interested in the benefits of a Lower, Upper, or Total Body Lift, call Scottsdale Plastics to learn more!

Am I a Candidate for Body Lift?

If you have loose, sagging skin on your body and unwanted tissue that is preventing you from exercising or enjoying your appearance, you are a good candidate for a Body Lift. Both men and women can benefit from the body sculpting outcomes of a lower, upper, or total lipectomy.

Lost Significant Weight?

Candidates for Body Lift are those who have accomplished the majority of their weight loss goals and are at a stable weight.

Candidates will be in overall good health and free from any conditions which could inhibit their healthy healing after surgery. Ideal candidates are those who have realistic expectations of the outcomes possible with a body contouring procedure.

Candidates for Body Lift should be non-smokers, as smoking can interfere with the body’s ability to heal.

Patients who smoke will be asked to discontinue smoking three weeks before and at least three weeks following their Body Lift procedure.

Patients who are dedicated to maintaining a healthy diet and exercise regimen will enjoy and prolong the results of their Body Lift for years to come.

Dr. Bonillas – Scottsdale’s Top Body Contouring Expert

Dr. Bonillas and his highly trained team are here to help you obtain your body goals. Your comfort, safety, and satisfaction are our priority: a body contouring treatment should be a fulfilling, life-changing experience!

During your consultation, Dr. Bonillas will answer any questions you may have about Body Lifts and the variety of body contouring surgical techniques available to you. He will also perform a physical exam and discuss your medical history with you. Once Dr. Bonillas has a complete sense of your goals and overall health, he will work with you to create an individualized treatment plan that will achieve your ideal smooth, attractive body contour.

Preparation for Body Lift

Patients will need to discontinue taking Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Medication like ibuprofen for the two weeks prior to their Body Lift. Due to the after-effects of the anesthesia, patients will not be able to drive themselves home after their lipectomy. It will be necessary to schedule a ride home with a friend or family member following your Body Lift procedure.

Patients should also prepare for their recovery by picking up any medications before the procedure. As a period of downtime will be necessary following the patient’s lipectomy, we advise patients to set up their recovery area ahead of time. Setting up a comfortable recovery space is ideal and will ease your experience.

How a Body Lift is Performed

This procedure is performed under general anesthesia and can take four to seven hours depending on the type of lift desired. A Body Lift can also be combined with liposuction to receive optimal results.

The steps of a patient’s Body Lift procedure will depend on the patient’s unique body structure and goals for their appearance. If you are interested in learning more about how a Body Lift can give you the figure you’ve been working hard to achieve, schedule your private consultation at Scottsdale Plastics today!


A Body Lift is a major surgical procedure that requires significant recovery time, including a short hospital stay and several weeks at home before returning to regular activities.

Patients will receive instructions for how to care for any surgical drains and compression garments, as well as instructions for how to care for their incisions and reduce any scarring.

Patients should avoid bending, lifting, and other strenuous exercises for up to six weeks following their Body Lift. Dr. Bonillas will meet with you regularly to assess your recovery progress.

Your Final Results

A Body Lift is a life-changing procedure. Dr. Bonillas performs lower, upper, and total body lifts to completely transform patient’s bodies into a smooth, healthy contour. The slimming results of a Body Lift will be immediately visible. Results will continue to improve as post-procedure swelling and bruising diminish in the weeks following the procedure. The body will accept the changes from the Body Lift over time. New body contours will settle into place within three to six months.

Interested in learning more about how you can improve your mobility and reclaim your figure with a Body Lift? Contact our helpful staff to schedule your private consultation today.


What are an abdominoplasty and lipectomy?

Abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, is a body contouring procedure that repairs and tightens abdominal muscles, remove excess skin, and re-lays the abdominal skin in a smooth, tighter contour. Liposuction is also performed to remove excess fat. An extended tummy tuck will tighten and sculpt the sides and hips as necessary. This is a good option for patients who have a larger degree of loose skin on their abdomens.

A lipectomy is a procedure during which excess skin and fat are removed. The remaining skin and tissue are tightened and contoured to create a smooth, lifted, more ideal body shape. Liposuction or fat transfer may be performed to achieve the preferred curved or sculpted appearance.

What is a circumferential belt lipectomy?

A circumferential belt lipectomy is a type of lower body lift where excess skin and tissue are removed from the abdomen and lower back. Patients may also decide to receive a buttocks lift during this procedure. A similar procedure is a belt abdominoplasty, where Dr. Bonillas’ repairs and tightens the abdominal muscles, as well as addresses the sagging skin and excess tissue around the patient’s waistline.

How much does a belt lipectomy cost?

The price of a belt lipectomy will depend on the specifics of the patients’ individual treatment plan, such as the number and type of Body Lifting procedures that will be combined to achieve the patient’s preferred body contour. Candidates will receive a cost breakdown that reflects the details of their Body Lift after their consultation with Dr. Bonillas.

You’ve come this far in reclaiming your health. Now with a body lift, Dr. Bonillas and the team a Scottsdale Plastics will help you reach your ultimate body goals!

Interested in learning more about how you can improve your mobility and reclaim your figure with a body lift? Contact our helpful staff to schedule your private consultation today.