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What is a body lift?

A body lift is a plastic surgery procedure that is customized to a patient’s own unique needs. It raises and reshapes areas of the midsection—the abdomen, back, and thighs—that have drooped and sagged over time, reduces excess skin and fatty tissue, and refreshes the area for a more attractive youthful look and feel.

The skin loses its firmness, tautness, and natural elasticity as part of the body’s natural aging process and each individual’s biological makeup impacts how severe the laxity will become. By removing accumulated loose skin and stubborn fatty deposits, your body lift procedure will restore a youthful look that lets you enjoy greater self-confidence and beauty.

Body Lift Before & Afters

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Benefits of body lift surgery

Some of the benefits of a well-done body lift that patients can look forward to:

  • Removes excess and sagging skin
  • Reveals a tighter and more toned physique
  • Restores a slimmer, more shapely figure
  • Reduces discomfort or chafing caused by excess skin and tissue
  • Reshapes and contours the abdominal area, hips, lower back, flanks, and thighs
  • Improves self-confidence

Am I a candidate for a body lift in Baltimore?

Physically, candidates for body lift surgery in Baltimore include both men and women who are in good health. Patients should be close to their ideal weight and maintain healthy eating and exercise habits. Their weight should also be stable over 4-6 months. Finally, they should have areas of their midsection that they would like to contour and align to their physical goals.

Mentally, patients should be of sound mind and have a strong desire to transform their body with life-changing surgery. In a personal consultation, Dr. Shermak will let you know if a body lift surgery would be the best procedure to benefit you, or if she feels a different procedure might better suit your needs.

Body lift options and procedure

Your body lift surgery will be customized to your needs and goals personally. A body lift typically includes the following:

  • An incision along the beltline extending into the area above the buttocks, and often in the thigh region
  • Removal of excess sagging skin and stubborn underlying fatty deposits
  • Lift and tautness of skin in the midsection
  • Improved contour of the abdomen, thighs, and lower back
  • Liposuction of the hips, flanks, and abdomen can help restore a more youthful and desirable midsection that better aligns with the patient’s goals
  • Tummy tuck surgery is done concurrently

Body lift aftercare and recovery

Body lift surgery is done under general anesthesia. The procedure typically requires between 3 to 6 hours. Patients will be provided full postoperative recovery guidelines and care instructions, but can generally expect to be required to:

  • Have a friend or family member drive you home after the surgery and remain with you to provide assistance for at least 3 days
  • Refrain from any lifting and strenuous activity for 4 weeks
  • Walk immediately
  • Optimally sleep in a recliner to make recovery more comfortable and ease having to get in and out of bed
  • Wear bandages and a compression binder to help minimize swelling
  • Have surgical drains that will require recording output of fluids
  • Take pain medication as needed, focusing on non-narcotic options

Why choose Dr. Shermak for a body lift?

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michele Shermak has been rated one of the best surgeons in the United States. In 2021, she was also voted by her professional peers as being one of America’s 50 best female plastic surgeons. Her intensive education and extensive experience in cosmetic surgery allow her to provide best-in-class care to her patients and make their beauty and body goals a living reality for them. Incidentally, Dr. Shermak also quite literally wrote the book on “Body Contouring,” published by McGraw-Hill as an industry textbook to teach the next generation of plastic surgeons.

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COVID-19 Update 03/15/2022

This is a new day, with new safety protocols. Our goal is to keep everyone safe and respect the continued concerns COVID-19 may present.

The state of Maryland is now fortunately downgraded to Yellow Status. COVID stress on the medical system has lessened and most areas in the state no longer mandate masks.

Currently in our office we are maintaining sterile surfaces and compulsive cleaning protocols – as always. We are requesting information about vaccination status, to particularly better help us prepare for patients interested in surgical procedures.

We are not mandating masks. We do respect our patients’ wishes and will wear a mask when requested to do so. We want our patients to be absolutely comfortable. All of our staff are vaccinated.

This is certainly an evolving issue and we will continue to pivot as COVID statistics change – hopefully for the better! Thank you!