Body Lift

If you want to get rid of excess skin and fat in the multiple regions of your body to have a smoother skin, a tighter appearance, and well-balanced contours, then a body lift may be an amazing treatment for you.

What is Body Lift?

Weight loss, aging, and genetics may cause localized fat pockets and sagging skin in all parts of the body. The most affected parts are groin, thighs, breasts, buttocks, arm, back, lower back, abdomen, and hips. When the problem is localized in one of these areas, individual lifting procedures such as arm lift, and thigh lift are preferred. However, when a larger portion of the body is significantly affected, body lift procedures may be preferred.

There are 4 main types of body lifts: upper body lift, mid-body lift, lower body lift, and total body lift. Each type is further customized according to the patient’s needs and wishes. The body lift procedures are popular and effective. By having a body lift surgery, you may achieve a youthful, energetic, tighter, and beautiful look.

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Problems & Solutions

There are variations of body lift surgery for different needs. Here you can find answers for different complaints.

I didn’t experience serious weight fluctuations, however I developed sagging skin in multiple parts of my body with age.

Aging can cause tissue and skin laxity without weight fluctuations. You don’t have to experience weight loss to...

After loosing a significant amount of weight, unfortunately I’m left with a seriously sagging abdomen and waist.

Mid-body lift may be the right choice for you. Mid-body lift targets the abdomen, the waist, and the lower...

After losing weight through diet and exercise, I have stretched skin and still have fat pockets in my buttocks and thighs.

Lower body lift may be an excellent choice for you. Lower body lift surgery is designed to remove...

I have experienced a massive weight loss after bariatric surgery. Now I have sagging stretched skin all over my body.

If you have sagging skin all over your body, total body lift may be the best way to go. Total body lift combines...

My breasts and arms are sagging significantly. I also have fat rolls on my back.

You may be an ideal candidate for upper body lift surgery. Upper body lift surgery targets the chest, the arms, and the upper back. During the surgery, your breasts will be...

Testimonials

Experience speaks for itself! Hear out what our patients have said:

Bariatric surgery let me lose weight. But I was left with a huge amount of stretched skin that looked like loose-fitting clothes. Thanks to my total body lift, at last, I feel beautiful and I feel like myself!
Yuliana Salazar Body Lift
Although I needed it, I had to completely trust the surgeon and the clinic to undergo this procedure. Their professionality, frankness and friendliness build a well based trust.
Cristi Garcia Body Lift

Why Clineca?

At Clineca, we take everything seriously. We understand how important the results are for you. We care about your health and comfort as much as you do. From beginning to end, we inform you, guide you, serve you, and help you.

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Fully Equipped Hospitals

Surgeries are performed in prestigious fully equipped hospitals in which doctors from all specialties are present.

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Free Consultation

We provide free online consultation with highly experienced surgeons through video chat.

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Ensured Performance

We cooperate with the surgeons who perform a limited number of surgeries each week to ensure the best results.

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7/24 Support

You can contact our agents 7 days 24 hours for your questions or support.

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5-Star Hotels

We provide you with special discounts in luxurious hotels in the vicinity of the hospital. Your comfort is very important to us.

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VIP Transportation

We provide, via VIP vehicles, airport transfer and transportation between your hotel and the hospital before and after the surgery.

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Wellbeing Assistance

As Clineca, we will provide you with patient accompaniment, who will visit you every day in your hotel room during resting period to examine you and provide medical assistance if needed.

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No Hidden Costs

The price includes fees of the surgeon and the anesthesiologist, operating room expenses, anesthesia, hospitalization, standard tests, medications and medical visits by a nurse.

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All-Inclusive

The price includes hotel accommodation (including breakfast), airport transfer, transportation between hotel and hospital before and after the surgery.

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Optional Services & Products

Interpreter service, BBL pillow, neck pillow (rhinoplasty), eye mask (rhinoplasty), voltage converter, and others that will enhance your comfort and satisfaction.

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Why Turkey?

Turkey is a leading player in medical tourism, and Istanbul, which is an extremely beautiful touristic city, is the plastic surgery capital of Turkey.

Step by Step Experience for International Patients

Clineca has a holistic approach. We believe that everything should be right for a satisfactory cosmetic surgery experience, including your days in İstanbul. That is why we plan every detail of your journey.

Knowing Each Other

Shortly after you fill the form, one of our agents will contact you. They will listen to you, ask you questions, and answer yours. They will inform you about the whole experience, in detail. If you want to go further, they will arrange an online consultation for you.

Online Consultation

You will have an online consultation with your surgeon through video chat. They will perform an online examination, listen to you about your wishes, and will provide you with in-depth information. They will help you to choose what the best approach to your case is.

Planning

We'll plan your whole journey, including the date of your surgery and where you'll stay at while you’re in Istanbul. We'll inform you about everything you need to know from what to have in your suitcase to what to do before your procedure.

Landing

Our VIP transportation vehicle will be ready at the airport before you land. The driver will be waiting for you. We'll drive you to the hospital. At the hospital, we will perform required blood tests and the COVID test. Then, we will take you to your hotel.

Examination & Surgery

The next morning, we will take you from your hotel to the hospital. Your surgeon will examine and inform you about the procedure. On the same day, you will have the surgery. You will stay at the hospital 1-2 day(s), depending on the procedure.

Resting & Recovering

After your stay at the hospital, we will drive you to your hotel. You will rest and recover at your hotel room during the following week. A wellbeing assistant will visit you every day to inform you, to examine, and to provide medical care.

Entertainment

We will gladly and proudly show you around our beautiful city. We will be more than happy to provide you with professional guidance in historical sightseeing. You can also learn from us where you can find anything from shopping to entertainment.

Follow-Up & Leaving

We will take you for your 1-week follow-up with your surgeon. They will examine you, remove your bandages if required, and inform you about what you should/shouldn’t do during your recovery period, in detail. Afterwards, we will drive you to the airport.

Recovery Period

During your recovery, we will be in touch. We will inform you, check on you, and answer your questions. You can reach us 7 days 24 hours. We will expect you to send photos periodically to follow your recovery period.

Who Is A Good Candidate For Body Lift?

If you are healthy, have problems that can be solved by a body lift surgery, and have realistic expectations then you are a candidate!

Like for all cosmetic surgeries, the first requirement to be eligible for a body lift surgery is being healthy. If you are healthy, you don’t have any condition that may impair healing after the surgery, you’re not significantly overweight and your weight is relatively stable, there is no obstacle for your surgery. The second requirement is that you have realistic expectations. You should understand the procedure and its expected results.

A body lift may be an ideal treatment for you:

  • If you have stretched sagging skin.
  • If you have significant soft tissue looseness.
  • If you lost significant weight through diet & exercise or through bariatric surgery.
  • If aging caused tissue laxity and excess skin.
  • If you want well balanced contours, a firmer look, and a smoother skin.
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What are the Expected Outcomes of Body Lift?

The outcomes of body lift surgery can be analyzed in three main categories: aesthetical, health-related, and psychological.

Aesthetical Outcomes

Because of aging, weight fluctuations, and genetic factors, you may experience changes in different parts of your body. It is very common to have a sagging appearance, tissue and skin laxity, and an out of proportion look. After successfully losing a significant amount of weight, you may have been left with sagging skin. Your skin may have lost its elasticity, simply because of aging. Regardless of the reason, a stretched skin, excess fat pockets, loose underlying tissues, and a dimpled appearance are significant aesthetical concerns for both males and females. However, body lift surgeries are excellent treatments for these problems.

There are variations of body lift surgery addressing different needs and wishes. So, the results will depend on the procedure(s) you’ll have. But in short, your body will look smoother, tighter, and more youthful. You will be able to wear swimsuits, dresses, and all kinds of cloths, comfortably. You will look amazing in your social media posts! Moreover, the results of body lift surgeries are long-lasting, especially if you closely follow your surgeon’s instructions.

Health-related Outcomes

Large folds of excess skin can cause chafing and discomfort. Sagging skin can cause rashes and infections. It can prevent you from becoming healthier by making it difficult to properly exercise. Folds of skin and loose tissues make cleaning your body much more difficult. Therefore, having a body lift procedure have serious health-related benefits.

Psychological Outcomes

The psychological outcomes of the procedure are as important as the physical ones. Sagging body parts, excess and loose soft tissues, a dimpled appearance, a stretched skin, and not well-balanced contours can be psychologically distressing. You can feel like you are older than you actually are. You may not be able to enjoy your weight loss. You may find it hard to decide what you will wear. You may not like the way you look in the mirror. Therefore, after the procedure, strong psychological benefits are expected. You will start to love your body more. Your self-confidence will be boosted.

How is a Body Lift Done?

Body lift is a cosmetic surgery procedure performed to change the appearance of multiple areas. It is a complex surgery customized according to needs and wishes of the patient.

Anesthesia

Like all kinds of surgery, body lift surgeries require anesthesia. Your surgeon will decide whether general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation is more suitable for your case.

Surgery

There are different body lift surgeries and each of them are highly customizable. Therefore, each patient’s procedure will be unique. The types of body lift procedures are upper body lift, mid-body lift, and lower body lift. It is also possible to perform a total body lift by combining these procedures. The essence of the body lift surgeries is removing excess fat and skin, repairing and reshaping underlying tissues, and creating well-balanced contours. Depending on the case and the wishes of the patient, liposuction can be combined with body lift surgeries to achieve better results. The length and position of the incisions depend on the procedure and specific needs of the patient. During a body lift procedure, your surgeon first performs liposuction, if necessary and wished. Surgeon removes excess fat and skin, and reshapes the underlying tissues using deep sutures.

Upper Body Lift

Upper body lift targets the chest, the arms, and the back.*1 The arms are treated with arm lift procedure. The excess skin and fat are removed from the back. If the patient is male, a gynecomastia surgery procedure can be performed on the chest. If the patient is female, the breasts are treated with a breast lift procedure. The breast lift procedure can also be combined with a breast augmentation with implants.

Mid-Body Lift

Mid-body lift targets the abdomen, the waist, and the lower back.*2 During the procedure, excess skin and fat are removed from the abdomen, the waist, and the lower back. The abdominal wall is repaired and reshaped. Mid-body lift is often combined with a lower body lift to achieve superior contours, a smooth transition, and a well-balanced appearance.

Lower Body Lift

Lower body lift targets the buttocks, hips, and thighs.*3 During the procedure, excess skin and fat is removed from these areas. The procedure does not only remove the excess tissues, but also reshape the lower body contours and lift the buttocks. Lower body lift is often combined with a mid-body lift or an abdominoplasty to achieve more comprehensive and well-balanced results.

Total Body Lift

Total body lift combines upper body lift, mid-body lift, and lower body lift to target the whole body. It is ideal for patients who have skin and tissue laxity all over their body. Total body lift is an extensive approach. That is why some surgeons prefer to complete a total body lift in multiple surgical appointments. Total body lift requires a longer recovery period, but it provides the most well-balanced and natural results.

Risks and Complications*4

There are 4 different types of body lift operations: upper, mid, lower and total body lifts. Depending on the area addressed the risks can vary, the complications include:

  • Acute anemia
  • Fat necrosis
  • Infection
  • Wound dehiscence: opening of the wound
  • Violin deformation: depression above your outer thigh which looks like a violin
  • Intergluteal groove lengthening
  • Hematoma
  • Edema
  • Scarring

What To Expect During A Body Lift Recovery?

The First Week

After the surgery, there will be stitches on your incisions. There will be dressings on your incisions and you may need to wear compression garment for a while. Right after the surgery, it is normal to experience some pain and discomfort. You may also experience some bruising and swelling. Pain and discomfort will improve after a few days. Until then, pain can be successfully controlled by pain medication. Small, thin tubes may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain excess fluid and blood. Your stitches will be removed after 1 week.

Later

Bruising will quickly subside after the first week. It will take a longer time for swelling to subside. Most of the patients are able to return to work or school 3-4 weeks after the surgery. However, this period may vary depending on the exact procedure, the patient, and the patient’s working conditions. Gentle walking is safe and recommended. However, most people need to avoid strenuous physical activities and exercises for 6-8 weeks.

Guidance & Support

A wellbeing assistant will visit you in your hotel room every day during the first week after the surgery. We will expect you to be in our clinic for your post-op examination 1 week after the surgery, before you leave Istanbul. We will still follow your recovery process while you are away. Clineca will provide you with complete support and inform you about everything you need to know during your recovery. We will be with you from your consultation to the very end of your recovery.

Quote from the Doctor

“When tissue laxity and sagging skin occur at multiple regions of the body, the effects of individual lift procedures are limited. In these cases, body lift procedures offer comprehensive and well-balanced results.”

What to Do Before Body Lift?

During your online consultation, your surgeon will ask you questions about your medical history. They will also conduct a physical examination. Your surgeon will inform you about everything you need to know before the surgery. Clineca will provide you with complete guidance and support before your surgery. You will have a complete and detailed list of instructions.

Instructions

Most important instructions include,

  • Stop smoking at least 2 weeks before the surgery.
  • Avoid non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (such as ibuprofen and aspirin) for 2 weeks before the procedure.
  • Avoid herbal remedies and supplements
  • Take only the medications approved by your surgeon.

What to Do After Body Lift?

What you need to do after the surgery will be explained to you in detail by your surgeon and Clineca will provide you with all the support and guidance you need. Most important instructions include:

  • Do not smoke for at least 2 weeks after the surgery.
  • Do not take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications after the surgery until your surgeon approves using them.
  • Care for the surgical sites and drains.
  • Take or apply the medications prescribed for you.
  • Avoid strenuous activities and exercises for 6-8 weeks.
  • If you experience chest pains, unusual heartbeats, or shortness of breath, seek medical attention immediately.
  • Love yourself and show the world how beautiful you are!

Quote from the Doctor

“Body lift is not a single procedure. There are 3 of them: Upper body lift, mid-body lift, and lower body lift. We perform the procedure that will respond the patient’s needs. Plus there is also a total body lift which is the combination 3 body lift procedures, recommended for patients whose whole body has sagging issues.”

FAQ

We know you have many questions. Having realistic expectations and deciding to have a cosmetic surgery requires information. Here you can find answers to frequently asked questions about Body Lift.

Body lift surgeries are cosmetic surgeries aiming to remove excess fat and skin from multiple areas of the body, and to reshape the underlying tissues.
There are 3 types of body lift surgeries. These are upper body lift, mid-body lift, and lower body lift. Sometimes these procedures are combined to perform a total body lift.
Yes. Depending on the case and the wishes of the patient, liposuction can be combined with body lift surgeries to better sculpt the contours.
If you are healthy, not too overweight, have a relatively stable weight, have realistic expectations, and you have significant soft tissue looseness and sagging skin at multiple regions of your body, then you are a good candidate!
After the surgery, you will experience swelling, bruising, discomfort, and some pain. You may also experience temporary changes in skin sensation.
All surgical procedures come with risks. However, if it is performed by an experienced and talented surgeon, the risk of having a serious problem is very small.
Because there are different types of body lift surgery and each surgery is customized according to the needs and wishes of the patients, the duration of the surgery is not constant. A body lift surgery can take 3-7 hours.
The type of anesthesia used depends on the specific case of the patient. Either general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation is used.
We will expect you to visit our clinic 1 week after your surgery. During your visit, you will be examined, and your stitches will be removed.
In every surgery, some scar is left. Your surgeon will place the incisions so that they won’t be easily realized, or they can be covered. The scars will fade in time. The length and place of scars depend on the type of body lift surgery performed.
During the surgery, you won’t feel any pain. After the surgery, especially the first week, you will experience some pain, but it can be controlled with pain medication.
During the surgery, excess fat and skin is removed from multiple regions of the body and underlying tissues are reshaped.
Upper body lift surgery targets the chest, upper back, and arms. It involves arm lift for arms, removal of excess fat and skin from the upper back, breast lift for females, and gynecomastia surgery procedure for males.
Mid-body lift targets the abdomen, waist, and lower back. During a mid-body lift, the abdominal wall is repaired and shaped, excess fat and skin are removed from abdomen, waist, and lower back.
Lower body lift targets the buttocks, hips, and thighs. During the procedure, excess skin and fat is removed from these areas, the lower body contours are reshaped, and the buttocks is lifted.
The stitches will be removed after 1 week. Probably, 3-4 weeks after the surgery, you will be ready to return to work and school. 6-8 weeks after the surgery, you’ll be ready to resume everything including strenuous exercise.
You will need to avoid strenuous activities and exercises for 6-8 weeks. After this period, you can resume all of your regular activities.
The results of body lift surgery are long-lasting. It can even be permanent. However, you need to avoid gaining too much weight, exercise regularly, and have skin care.
Yes. The procedures that are often combined with body lift surgeries include breast augmentation and abdominoplasty. Also, different body lift surgeries can be combined to perform a total body lift surgery.
Instantly! Right after the procedure, the targeted parts of your body will be smoother, shapelier and tighter. However, there will be some bruising and swelling. The bruising will quickly subside however it can take around 2 months for swelling to be mostly gone.

Problems & Solutions

There are variations of body lift surgery for different needs. Here you can find answers for different complaints.

Aging can cause tissue and skin laxity without weight fluctuations. You don’t have to experience weight loss to be eligible for body lift surgeries. Many people choose to have a body lift surgery because of aging-related sagging problems. If your problem is limited to a certain part of your body such as arms, or thighs, you can have a specific lifting procedure such as arm lift or thigh lift. If your problem is limited to your upper body, mid-body, or lower body, you can have the related body lift procedure. If you have sagging problem all over your body, then you can have a total body lift surgery.
Mid-body lift may be the right choice for you. Mid-body lift targets the abdomen, the waist, and the lower back. During the surgery, the abdominal wall is repaired and reshaped. The excess fat and skin tissue are removed from your abdomen, waist, and lower back. The middle section of your body will look fitter and younger. You can choose to combine your procedure with other procedures to achieve more comprehensive results. The mid-body lift is often combined with lower body lift. This ensures a smooth transition from the abdomen over the buttocks to the thighs, and well-balanced contours.
Lower body lift may be an excellent choice for you. Lower body lift surgery is designed to remove excess fat and skin from hips, buttocks, and thighs, lifting the buttocks, and reshaping the lower body contours. If your problem areas are limited to your lower body, a lower body lift surgery can do miracles. But if you have similar sagging problems in the other parts of your body, your lower body lift procedure can be combined with different procedures. The popular approach is to combine lower body lift surgery with abdominoplasty or mid-body lift surgery.
If you have sagging skin all over your body, total body lift may be the best way to go. Total body lift combines upper body lift, mid-body lift, and lower body lift. This is a highly extensive approach and requires a significantly longer recovery time. However, this approach also provides the opportunity to achieve a full body transformation and natural looking results. Because all parts of the body are operated on, surgeon is able to create well-balanced contours all over the body. Because the scope of the surgery is wide, it can be performed in multiple surgical appointments.
You may be an ideal candidate for upper body lift surgery. Upper body lift surgery targets the chest, the arms, and the upper back. During the surgery, your breasts will be enhanced through breast lift. Your arms will be treated with arm lift procedure. Excess fat and skin on your upper back will be removed, resolving the fat rolls on your back. You can also choose to have a breast augmentation procedure combined with your upper body lift. If you have sagging problem on other parts of your body, your procedure can be combined with other body lift procedures.
References

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2. Strauch, B., Herman, C., Rohde, C., & Baum, T. (2006). Mid-Body Contouring in the Post???Bariatric Surgery Patient. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 117(7), 2200–2211. https://doi.org/10.1097/01.prs.0000218185.1079

3. Losco, L., Roxo, A. C., Roxo, C. W., Lo Torto, F., Bolletta, A., de Sire, A., … Roxo, C. P. (2019). Lower Body Lift After Bariatric Surgery: 323 Consecutive Cases Over 10-Year Experience. Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00266-019-01543-x

4. Pascal J. F. (2019). Complications des body lifts [Complications of body lifts]. Annales de chirurgie plastique et esthetique, 64(5-6), 644–652. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anplas.2019.07.023