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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.

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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We are officially open, thanks to Governor Hogan!

We welcome new patients and are looking forward to performing elective surgical procedures, starting the week of May 11.

This is a new day, with new safety protocols. Our goal is to keep everyone safe and respect the continued risk COVID-19 presents. For this reason, we will be instituting the following protocols:

  • We will have Sandy stationed at our entryway with sterilizer and a COVID-19 survey for our new patients to fill out. Sandy will also check your temperature and collect your paperwork at the door – our medical intake form can be filled out prior to your coming to the office, or you can fill it out after you arrive.
  • Please bring a mask for any in-office visits. If you are coming for surgery, please bring a paper mask if you have one. For any other visits, cloth masks or paper masks are fine.
  • We need any patient waiting to be seen to wait in your car until we can safely accommodate you in an exam room. We need to respect social distancing and are spacing our patients out to assure safety.
  • We can only allow the patient to come in to the office for examination. Friends or family will need to wait outside the office.
  • For those assisting our postoperative patients on the day of surgery: we ask that you kindly wait in your car and we will call you in to discuss postoperative instructions.
  • I am continuing to schedule Virtual Consultations which is exciting and new! Check out my Resources section or header at drshermak.com to get started!

I look forward to seeing you soon!


As of July 1st, the staff members at The Plastic Surgery Center of Maryland will no longer routinely be wearing masks following the state guidelines per Governor Hogan.

All of our staff members are vaccinated.

If any patient would prefer that the medical staff member caring for them wear a mask, please let us know and we will gladly do so.

We treat patients with compormised immune systems and we need to be respectful of their needs.

We are asking patients who are not fully vaccinated to please wear masks while in our office so that we may continue to safely accomodate our patients with weakened immune systems.

Thank you!

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