Buckhead Plastic Surgery: Alan N. Larsen, MD

4684 Roswell Road Northeast, Suite B
Atlanta, GA 30342
(404) 367-9005


Body Lift

Women and men come to our Atlanta practice after massive weight loss for body lift surgery performed by Dr. Alan Larsen. Losing a significant amount of weight — either after pregnancy or to improve your health — often results in excess, sagging skin, stretch marks, and even separated abdominal muscles. A body lift (also called a belt lipectomy) addresses these issues and can restore both more youthful contours and your confidence in your body.

Most body lift patients are women who have had one or more pregnancies and who are self‐conscious about the excess skin hanging from their midsections. We also see men and women who have lost a massive amount of weight, in addition to patients who have hereditary characteristics for looser skin or a bulging abdomen. In a single operation, a body lift has the greatest ability to rejuvenate the entire abdomen and waistline.

"Everyone in the doctor's office made me feel very comfortable. The staff at the surgery center was amazing and I felt like it was a team or posse taking care of me." *
*Your results may vary.

Read more reviews from some of Dr. Larsen's actual patients.

Body Lift Before & After Photos

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Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.
  • Body Lift case #53
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    Body Lift case #53
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    Case #53

    This patient had a significant weight loss and was left with lax skin that she wanted to address. She gained over 100 pounds with her third child which took a toll on her b... View Case 

  • Body Lift case #80
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    Case #80

    This 5'5", 220 lbs, 48 year old patient wanted a slimmer waitline, lifted breasts, and lifted skin under the armpits. She also desired more slender arms and excess skin on her back gone. T... View Case 

  • Body Lift case #40
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    Case #40

    Wow, body transformation after losing 180 pounds!  This man, age 41, came to us with lots of loose skin after his significant weight loss.  He proceeded with a belt lipectomy also called... View Case 

  • Body Lift case #30
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    Case #30

    This patient successfully lost 120 lbs via diet and exercise and had a belt lipectomy to help rid the last bit of excess skin and tissue.  After weighing 315 pounds in high school, he&nbs... View Case 

  • Body Lift case #82
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    Case #82

    This 5'5", 230 lbs, 35 year old patient wanted a slimmer waistline, as well as lifted breasts and smaller arms. Dr. Larsen performed liposuction to help her achieve her goals. Sh... View Case 

Your Procedure

To begin your body lift, Dr. Larsen will make a circumferential belt‐like incision that runs across the top of the pubic area and up along each side from hip to hip and around the top of the buttocks. Body lift patients usually have rectus diastasis/separated abdominal muscles, a large abdominal bulge, and sagging skin that continues all the way around the hips, thighs, and upper buttocks. These problems are corrected by removing the excess skin and repairing the underlying muscles. Dr. Larsen may also remove excess fat using liposuction.

Debbie's Post‐Weight Loss Surgery

After 30 years of being obese, Debbie underwent gastric bypass surgery and lost 160 pounds. She felt healthier, but wanted her body to match the way she felt. Eighteen months after the gastric bypass, Dr. Larsen performed post‐weight loss plastic surgery. Debbie tells her story in these 2 videos, describing how the outcome changed her life and the results truly exceeded her expectations.

After Body Lift Surgery

The belt lipectomy is one of the most intensive procedures performed in all of plastic surgery, about the same as a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty. Tightening of the rectus muscles (abdominal muscles) often results in some pain and discomfort following your surgery. Since the On-Q® PainBuster® was invented, Dr. Alan N. Larsen has used this device to help control pain in patients. This device adds numbing medicine underneath the skin to significantly decrease postoperative discomfort; however, pain medications are usually still needed.

For most patients, the most difficult time is the first night after surgery. This is why we require that you stay with us overnight. We will see to your comfort, and you'll have round‐the‐clock care, which provides you and your loved ones with peace of mind. After the first night, expect to be a little sore, but not in any extreme or unbearable pain. Discomfort can usually be managed with pain medication. While the healing process varies between patients, in most cases the discomfort rapidly decreases over the next 3-4 days. At this point, you should be up and moving around much easier within your home. By 2 weeks, you can expect to be back to work, and by 4 weeks, you can return to a limited exercise routine. It takes a full 8 weeks for most patients to be ready to return to full activities and strenuous exercise.

Results should be seen immediately after surgery; however, there is still considerable swelling called edema. The edema rapidly resolves and by three weeks, the abdomen should look much better. By three months, the abdomen should start to take on its final contours. It will be one year, however, before full results are realized. Diet and exercise are essential to create the optimal outcome and to maintain long‐lasting results.

A body lift with Dr. Larsen can be one of the most transformative and life‐changing plastic surgery procedures a person may choose to undergo. The results often leave men and women with a more positive outlook and improved self‐confidence.

Common Questions

What is the cost of a body lift?

At Buckhead Plastic Surgery, the price of your body lift will be around $14,000. It's important to remember, though, that you'll receive a specific price quote for your procedure after the consultation. Cosmetic surgery prices can vary based on the geographic location of the practice, the experience and training of the plastic surgeon, and the extent of the procedure.

We know that a body lift can be a life‐changing procedure, and we want to help qualified patients attain their cosmetic goals. That's why we work with several financing companies who specialize in providing loans for healthcare services.

Will insurance cover body lift surgery?

A body lift is typically considered a cosmetic procedure and the costs are rarely covered by health insurance. There are exceptions, however, and we can help provide documentation for your insurer if necessary.

Can I combine a body lift with other procedures?

Body lift surgery can be combined with other procedures in some cases. Patient safety is a top priority, and the amount of time needed for surgery is always a consideration when discussing the possibility of combing 2 or more procedures during a single operation. It's fairly common for patients getting plastic surgery after weight loss to have the procedures performed in stages. For example, Dr. Larsen may combine a breast lift and augmentation with an arm lift in one surgery, and then perform a body lift at another time.

A body lift can be a life‐changing procedure. Dr. Larsen can answer your questions about the procedure and discuss your options. Request a consultation using the online form, or give our office a call at (404) 367-9005 to schedule an appointment.

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Alan N. Larsen, MD

Board-Certified Atlanta Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Larsen established Buckhead Plastic Surgery as a boutique practice to offer world-class, personalized service to women and men throughout the Southeast. Dr. Larsen’s compassion and talent are complemented by his elite training with some of the nation's finest plastic surgeons.

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