Body Lift



Body Lift

Dramatic weight loss, weight fluctuations or the natural process of aging can lead to excess sagging skin, making it harder to fit into clothing and increasing anxiety in social situations. A body lift is a plastic surgery procedure that is designed to help patients achieve a smoother and firmer figure, particularly after massive weight loss. During body lift surgery, plastic surgeons address loose hanging skin and stubborn pockets of fat in various parts of the body. This cosmetic treatment can help tighten and contour your buttocks, thighs, hips, abdomen, and other body areas for a boost in self-confidence and improved quality of life.

LA plastic surgeon Dr. Ruston Sanchez has helped numerous men and women from Baton Rouge and surrounding Louisiana areas of Lafayette, Hammond, and New Orleans achieve their goals with body lift surgery. Dr. Ruston Sanchez works individually with each one of his patients to find a treatment plan that will produce the desired outcome.

Who is a Candidate?

A body lift procedure addresses excess skin to deliver a more proportionate body contour, giving the patient a boost in confidence and improving their quality of life. You may be an ideal candidate for an upper, mid, or lower body lift if you:

  • Have drooping skin or stubborn pockets of fat in your abdominal region
  • Are in good physical and emotional health and are able to undergo general anesthesia as well as recover well after surgery
  • Have stable weight, because weight fluctuations could interfere with the outcome of this procedure
  • Are not planning to become pregnant soon after surgery, as doing this could reverse of your procedure
  • Are committed to maintaining a healthy lifestyle (exercise and nutrition) after the procedure so you can continue to enjoy the benefits of your body lift
  • Have realistic expectations about the outcome of this procedure

During your first consultation with Dr. Ruston Sanchez, the surgeon will learn about your concerns and let you know whether this procedure is for you. Dr. Ruston Sanchez usually recommends that you wait at least 6 months after reaching your ideal weight goal before having body lift surgery. This gives you enough time to adjust, ensuring that you do not regain weight after surgery. If you lost weight due to bariatric surgery, then Dr. Ruston Sanchez may need your specialist’s approval before performing a body lift procedure. From the first consultation to the day of the procedure, the surgeon and his team provide the support you need to get ready for the procedure and get back on your feet after surgery.

Types of Body Lift in Baton Rouge

Dr. Ruston Sanchez can perform any of the following types of body lift depending on the patient’s problem area(s) and goals of the procedure.

Upper body lift

This procedure addresses sagging skin and stubborn pockets of fat in the top-most half of the body, including the upper arms, breasts, and back. Particularly, this type of body lift is ideal if you are looking to alter upper back love handles, deflated breasts, flabby underarm skin, as well as upper abdomen fat bulges. It is up to the patient to decide whether they need a full upper body lift or whether just specific areas should be targeted. During the surgery, the surgeon will work to get rid of excess sagging skin and reshape the target area to suit the patient’s aesthetic desires.

Mid body lift

While working out can help reduce fatty tissue in the abdomen and lower back, it may also leave excess loose skin that makes it harder for the patient to wear various types of clothing and engage in certain physical activities. A mid body lift is the procedure of choice to address this loose skin and achieve a desirable mid-body contour. During surgery, the plastic surgeon will work to tighten the abdominal wall and remove excess skin. Existing muscle damage may also be repaired. This procedure is particularly ideal for addressing creases or ‘tummy rolls’. Many patients choose this procedure because it leads to a smoother transition from the butt to the abdomen.

Lower body lift

Also referred to as a circumferential lift, this type of body lift targets lower body areas such as the hips, thighs, and buttocks. Lower body lifts remove excess skin in the lower body section while also lifting the buttocks in one operation. You can benefit from this type of procedure if you have recently lost weight and have sagging in the lower body section, have excess skin as a result of a previous pregnancy, or wish to address a less-flattering lower body silhouette due to aging.

At your initial consultation with Dr. Ruston Sanchez, the surgeon will listen to your concerns, examine your problem areas, and help you choose the best procedure or combination of procedures to meet your aesthetic goals. Regardless of the procedure type you are having, Dr. Ruston Sanchez will make sure to hide scarring behind bikini lines or in areas where they are hardly visible. The surgeon works individually with each patient to chart a path forward and deliver a highly satisfactory procedure.

Dr. Ruston’s Approach

During a body lift procedure, Your Surgeon may address your buttocks, abdomen, hips, waist, thighs, and any other problem area. Just before the surgery, general anesthesia will be administered to keep the patient comfortable throughout the treatment. The surgeon will place an incision in a well concealed area and use it to excise sagging skin. The surgeon will also use liposuction to get rid of stubborn pockets of fat and contour the target area for a smooth outcome. Once the tightening and reshaping is complete, the surgeon will close the incisions using dissolvable sutures and place surgical dressings. A compression garment will also be placed in order to control swelling and shape up the treatment area. Dr. Ruston Sanchez employs his immense experience and uses advanced surgical methods to deliver the desired outcome with minimal risk of scarring and other side effects. Scars will be hidden by most swimsuits and undergarments.

Recovery after Body Lift Surgery

Patients can expect to experience swelling and discomfort after body lift surgery. Dr. Ruston Sanchez will prescribe pain medication to alleviate this discomfort. The compression garment placed after surgery also helps control the swelling and support the body’s new contours. Drains may be inserted to help drain any excess fluid as your treatment area continues to heal. Dr. Ruston Sanchez will provide detailed post-op care instructions that you should strictly adhere to for a prompt recovery. The recovery duration can vary dramatically from one patient to the other because we all heal differently. However, many patients can be able to get back to light work within 2-3 weeks. The surgeon will ask that you avoid any form of exercise, heavy lifting, or strenuous activity for at least 8 weeks. Full recovery may happen within 8 weeks or longer depending on the extensiveness of your body lift procedure.


Plan your Body Lift in Baton Rouge

Dr. Ruston Sanchez will ask that you have someone to drive you home after the surgery, as well as help out with basic chores over a few days. Make arrangements to stay away from work for up to 3 weeks. You will need to fully focus on your recovery immediately after surgery. This is not the time to look for forgotten work files or work from home. The cost of body lift surgery in Baton Rouge can vary greatly depending on the extensiveness of the treatment. Over average though, many of Dr. Ruston Sanchez’s patients can expect to pay around $30,000 for a full procedure. This figure may go up or down based on the number of individual procedures included in the treatment regimen. During your first consultation visit with Dr. Ruston Sanchez, the surgeon’s team will provide an initial cost breakdown to help you arrange for financing. 

Meet Dr. Sanchez

Dr. Ruston Sanchez takes each patient case as unique and works diligently to achieve the best procedure outcome with faster surgery time, smallest scar possible, and minimal risk of complications. Get in touch with Dr. Ruston Sanchez’s office today to schedule a consultation visit for your body lift procedure.

Average Cost

$30,000 and up

Average Recovery Time

Up to 3 weeks

Average Procedure Time

Depends on patient


Will I need to stay overnight at the hospital?
Dr. Ruston Sanchez performs body lift procedures at his in-office operating room, or in accredited medical facilities. He is supported by a full time anesthesiologist and highly qualified support staff. If you choose to have your body lift as a single (total) comprehensive procedure, then you may need to stay for a night or two as the surgeon’s team monitors your recovery. Patients who receive their body in lift in phases (staged procedure) are typically able to go home on the same day as each surgery.
When will I see results?
You may have a single (total) or staged procedures for your easy body lift. Regardless, results are typically immediate and significant. Many patients can expect to enjoy a dramatic improvement in the contouring and proportionality of their problem areas. More so, your enhanced body will continue to improve through the healing process.
How is a body lift performed?
A body lift is a complex procedure that should only be entrusted to a highly experienced and skilled plastic surgeon. Dr. Ruston Sanchez’s initial step is to map out the problem areas and come up with an effective treatment plan. During the surgery, the surgeon will make as few incisions as possible, and use them to remove excess skin and fat from the problem areas. Once the reshaping is done, the surgeon will skillfully close the incisions and place a bandage and compression garment. Dr. Ruston Sanchez utilizes his vast experience in this kind of treatment to deliver the best possible outcome while minimizing the risks of the procedure.
What are the risks of a body lift?
Just like any other surgical procedure, there are certain risks associated with body lift plastic surgery. These include adverse reactions to anesthesia, infection, blood clots, and bleeding. Working with a highly skilled surgical team is the best safeguard patients can take against the risks and complications of a body lift. Dr. Ruston Sanchez takes great care to give patients the procedure they want while ensuring their safety during and after the surgery. Should you be worried about any sensation during your recovery phase, the surgeon will be available to support you and answer all your questions.

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