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Body Lift & Post Gastric Bypass

A body lift is a cosmetic or plastic surgery procedure to raise and reshape unsightly, sagging body contours. During the aging process and after significant weight loss, your skin loses its elasticity, causing the mid-section to lose its natural shape and firmness. This procedure is designed to remove loose skin and related fat deposits, thus, providing a more youthful appearance. A body lift can be applied to the lower torso and upper legs including the abdomen (tummy tuck), waist, inner/outer thighs, buttocks (buttock lift), and hips. Liposuction may also be completed in conjunction with a body lift if indicated. Patients who have had a gastric bypass or other weight loss procedure often desire a body lift to remove the excess skin. If you have lost a significant amount of weight, you should expect to have at least 2-3 separate cosmetic surgery procedures to address the problems that result from such a major change in your physique. Take a look at our Tummy Tuck before and after gallery and  Liposuction before and after gallery to explore how they can help you achieve similar results.

Goal of a Body Lift

Our ultimate goal is your satisfaction with your appearance and your experience at Southern Surgical Arts. We will listen first to your aesthetic goals before we recommend any surgical or non-surgical options to help you reach those goals. We aim to improve your natural appearance, with no obvious signs of surgery. You should expect, though, that procedures done to remove significant excess skin will result in scarring. Through meticulous attention to detail, we’ll hide all scars whenever possible and use minimally invasive techniques to give you the best result with the least amount of down time. 

Who is a Good Candidate?

  • Women and men at or near ideal body weight
  • Women and men who have had gastric bypass or Lap-Band surgery
  • Age 25 to 55
  • Non-smoker
  • Generally in good health
  • Desires aesthetic enhancement to remove loose skin in areas such as the lower torso and upper legs including the abdomen, waist, inner/outer thighs, buttocks, and/or hips

How Much Does it Cost?

A body lift usually costs between $12,000 and $20,000 at Southern Surgical Arts. Your cost will depend on your unique physical structure, the number of procedures performed and the details of the procedure.

When comparing prices at different cosmetic or plastic surgery centers, know that the total cost of your surgery at Southern Surgical Arts will include the surgeon's fee, anesthesia costs and the facility fee for the operating room. Some plastic surgery centers bundle the price of the procedure into one total fee and others may only quote you their surgeon's Lap-Band so that their prices seem less.

Recent Before & After Photos

To view more before and after photos, please visit our gallery.


Photo of patient before Body Lift Surgery at Southern Surgical ArtsPhoto of patient after Body Lift Surgery at Southern Surgical Arts

Procedure(s): Body Lift
Surgeons: Dr. Vincent Gardner & Dr. Chad Deal

Our Surgeons

Dr. Deal, Dr. Gardner, and Dr. Nease are fellowship-trained and Board Certified Cosmetic Surgeons. Dr. Nease also holds a board certification in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Combined, our four doctors have more than 23 years experience. Their practice at Southern Surgical Arts is 100% committed, focused, and dedicated to cosmetic and facial plastic surgery. Since 2004, they have performed more than 18,000 major cosmetic procedures.

State-of-the-Art Surgery Centers

At Southern Surgical Arts, we perform all of our procedures in several accredited, state-of-the-art facilities. Chattanooga's Southside, SSA's newest state-of-the-art surgical suite and luxurious office. Calhoun, GA, is home to SSA's first location and surgical facility. We also operate at Physician's Surgery Center near Parkridge East Hospoital in Chattanooga, TN.

We consult with patients before and after surgery in both our Calhoun and Chattanooga offices. With three surgical center options, we can arrange to perform your procedure in the location that is most convenient for you. In every office, our highly trained and specialized staff provides you the privacy, comfort, and expertise you deserve.

We invite you for a complimentary consultation with Dr. Deal, Dr. Gardner, Dr. Nease, or Dr. Gusching. Together, we'll explore your aesthetic goals and work toward revealing your own natural beauty.

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