Body Lift Surgery After Weight Loss

Contouring Surgery for Bariatric Patients after Significant Weight Loss

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Losing weight is often only half the battle when it comes to regaining a physique, you’ll need to feel comfortable in on a daily basis.

The other half of your weight change journey or post-gastric banding Bariatric surgery is to remove the excess, drooping skin that often remains on your body after a significant change in BMI. This is known as a Body Lift surgery process, and our Leading Plastic Surgeon’s are specialists at reshaping the body and reducing excess skin.

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With the modern success of Bariatric Surgery for obese patients such as Gastric Banding and Gastric Sleeves, more patients are presenting with the problem of large amounts of excess skin. Sadly, you can’t diet away or tighten excess skin through exercise. It requires Plastic Surgery to help you get back a natural-looking body contour.

The best Plastic Surgery solution for excess skin is often a series of procedures known in combination as a Body Lift (Bodylift) or body contouring procedure. This can help remove excess folds of skin and stubborn fat deposits.

For safety reasons, this series of Operations is best performed in stages over a safe period of time.

Am I Suitable Candidate for Body Lift & Contouring Surgery?

Most surgeons will expect that you have been stable at your new weight for around 12 months before doing body lift surgery. Bodylift Surgery is a series of large operations and a good surgical result will require you to be healthy, well-nourished and absolutely not smoking. You’ll also be willing to work with a team of Support Specialists to get the best post-surgical healing results.

Body Lift recovery is a process; surgical aftercare is a critical part of the healing

After the surgery, you will experience significant soreness, swelling and pain. You will be asked to wear a compression garment to reduce swelling and bleeding. The recovery period will depend upon the number of procedures performed at once. You will be able to resume your activities in about 4-5 weeks.

It is critical that you take care during the recovery to avoid complications that are inherent with this operation on previously obese patients. You should assemble your own personal support team in order to minimise recovery time and potential for complications. Rest and low-stress during the recovery phase is essential, as is good nutrition and absolutely no smoking.

Body lift is ideal for patients that have achieved their desired weight goal and been the same weight for the last 12 months. If you have already done the work losing all that weight and are tired of hiding your unattractive skin under baggy clothing – maybe it’s time you contact us. Take charge of your new life and transform yourself with a Bodylift.

Benefits of Body Lift Surgery After Bariatric Weight Loss

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After losing a significant amount of weight, your loose and saggy skin hangs in all the wrong places, and you might need more than just a standard abdominoplasty or tummy tuck.

A Body lift (also known as body contouring) offers an effective way to remove the excess skin from areas like abdomen, thighs, buttocks, and breasts. Body Lift surgery is intended to maximize the cosmetic and aesthetic benefits of significant weight loss and can provide you with a sleeker, smoother and more contoured appearance. There are many things that can be done to optimise the look of surgical scars and they will fade over time to reveal the new you.

A Body Lift is a staged and personalised procedure done over time

Body Lift is a cosmetic surgical procedure that involves removal and tightening of skin to reshape the body and reduce excess saggy skin. The procedure is carried out under several stages which depend upon the amount of skin that needs to be removed and the number of areas that need to be tightened. Depending upon your individual needs and desired outcomes, Body Lift contouring surgery is customized. It may involve one or more combined procedures.

Depending on the individual patient, these may include a series of customised surgeries like:

Lower Body Lift Surgeries

  • Circumferential Abdominoplasty (or Belt Lipectomy)
  • Thigh Reduction and/or Butt Lift
  • Liposculpture to other lower body areas – hips, flanks etc

Upper Body Lift Surgeries

  • Breast Reduction or Lift
  • Arm Lifts (Brachioplasty)
  • Back lift
  • Extra Liposculpture as required
  • A Face or neck lift may be an option

The surgery is performed under general anaesthesia and can take from 3 to 8 hours depending upon the number of procedures performed at once. Our experienced plastic surgeons will place the incisions strategically to make the scars less obvious. Prior to the surgery, you will be completely informed about the surgical techniques, what to expect and pre-surgery/post-operative care for this life-changing surgery.

Body Lift Surgery can offer a total physical transformation if you want a firmer, more youthful-looking body contour. The surgery is appropriate for those who have lost significant amounts of weight resulting in large amounts of saggy skin all across the body, or those who have large folds of loose skin due to multiple pregnancies. Whether you want to reshape your mid-body contour or remove that unsightly hanging skin, Body Lift Surgery can help you achieve a toned, streamlined and attractive body that you have always desired.

If you would like to speak to a past patient that has had a Body Lift – phone our Patient Care Coordinator at (03) 8849 1400


Visit our Body Contouring and skin reduction surgery options page plus the Post-weight loss skin surgery and Liposuction pages – great resource after you’ve had bariatric surgery.


Why choose our Specialist Plastic Surgeons?


Choosing an experienced group of experienced Plastic Surgeons ensures that every patient gets the desired results with the lowest chances of complications. You are in the safe hands of a team of specialist plastic surgeons and their support staff, who use their expertise to ensure the best possible outcome.

This is a series of large and complex surgical operations and should always be performed in an accredited major hospital that is well-equipped with the latest technology and state-of-the-art equipment to meet your requirements. We combine our expertise and knowledge with compassion and true concern for you.

Because of the ongoing nature of the after-care support required for a Bodylift transformation. It is strongly recommended that you do not travel overseas or interstate for this operation.

How much does a Body Lift surgery cost?

  • Because of the number and complexity of the surgeries involved, a complete body lift can be costly.
  • Private Health Insurance can be of assistance for some operations. Bodylift (or Body Contouring) is a life-changing investment in the new you.
  • Fortunately, somebody lift patients have been able to access their accumulated superannuation funds in order to assist with this life-changing operation.
  • Please enquire how this could be done.

Surgical Body lift procedures in Thailand and Overseas – Don’t risk it!

Sadly, many Australian candidates for body lift procedures have recently gone overseas to try to save money on their body lift surgery. Body lift is a particularly complex type of surgery that should definitely be done in Australia for optimal safety, as these surgeries require lots of aftercare, support and follow up. The risks of infection and complications are also higher when overseas and travelling on planes.

Please don’t risk it – come and see what we can work out for you.

Skin Removal & Body Lift Surgery After Gastric Banding or Weight Loss (Bariatric & formerly Obese patients)

If you want to learn more about your options for post-bariatric body surgery, our Specialist Plastic Surgeons in Melbourne and South-Eastern Melbourne can help you take your next steps to the “new you” with body shaping surgery.

Our approach to recovery is simple. We do whatever we can to get you back to your normal life as soon as possible.

 Melbourne’s Leading Plastic Surgeon Specialists for Body Lift Surgery

Dr Geoff Barnett is the team’s leading Plastic Surgeons for body lift surgeries in Melbourne and Our Team of Surgeons in Berwick.


Or if you’re based in Sydney or want your Tummy Tuck or Body Lift operation in New South Wales, then Specialist Plastic Surgeon Dr Richard Sackelariou can help you with your post-weight-loss Body Surgery and Liposuction Contouring.

Specialist Plastic & Cosmetic Surgeon, Dr Richard Sackelariou Bio

Our highly-experienced Plastic Surgeons operate at accredited major hospitals in Melbourne using only experienced anaesthetists and a top team of Surgical Support Staff.   Find out more about our Quality Team of caring Plastic Surgeons on Our Surgeons page.

Next Steps

Book your Initial Body Contouring Surgery Consultation

How to Book your Initial Consultation

  • Email us below or Call on (03) 8849 1444 to arrange your surgeon consultation appointment OR
  • Book a FREE 15-minute Phone Chat with our Patient Liaison Manager. Book Now
  • A Referral from your GP or from your specialist is helpful but NOT essential – you can have a consultation without a GP Referral although no rebates are claimable without one.
  • Schedule a confidential consultation with your selected Specialist Surgeon by paying the $200 booking fee.

Want more information before scheduling your Surgeon consultation?

  • Request more information – DOWNLOAD A GUIDE about the procedure or contact us
  • Book a Complimentary Consultation with a Nurse.
  • Organise a phone call with Patient Coordinator (FREE) Click here.
  • Attend our Regular Practice FREE Events and hear from our Plastic Surgeons along with their top support team.
  • Speak with a past patient that has had the procedure you want – call or contact us

What to Bring to your Surgeon Consultation

  • Bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices
  • Take lots of notes and read the documents provided thoroughly
  • You may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes

Please contact us using the form below to arrange a consultation with one of our expert Specialist Plastic Surgeons or to speak with our Patient Care Team on (03) 8849 1444.


Disclaimer: Results depend on individual patient circumstances and can vary significantly. Results may also be impacted by a variety of factors including your lifestyle, weight, nutritional intake and overall health. Consult your Specialist Plastic Surgeon for details. This information is general in nature and is not intended to be medical advice nor does it constitute a doctor-patient relationship. Surgery risks and complications will be covered in detail during a consultation with your Surgeon.