Sometimes, a healthy diet and regular exercise are simply not enough when it comes to achieving a slim, well-toned body. Excess skin on the body is a problem that affects many people, and it can create a less-than-desirable body shape and silhouette.

There are a number of factors that can contribute to loose, sagging skin. Genetics, the aging process, and extreme weight loss can all cause the skin to lose its elasticity and firmness. A lack of elasticity combined with gravity can cause the skin to become heavy and saggy. This loose, excess skin may be particularly troubling for people who have experienced extreme weight loss either through diet and exercise or through weight loss surgery. Even after the weight is gone, bodies cannot look their best with extreme amounts of excess skin.

What is a Body Lift?

A body lift is a surgical procedure that is used to re-contour the trunk and lower body by removing unwanted excess skin to reveal a firmer, more well-toned shape. A body lift is commonly combined with other body contouring surgeries like the arm lift, thigh lift, tummy tuck, or liposuction. Although many non-surgical body contouring procedures exist, the body lift is the most transformative option and can achieve long-term results with the right diet and exercise routine.

Is a Body Lift Right for Me?

A body lift can be a great option if you’re bothered by excess skin and stubborn fat that don’t respond to diet and exercise. Additionally, you can benefit from a body lift if you experience symptoms from excess skin like chafing or rash. In order to be considered a good candidate for a body lift, you should be at or near your ideal weight and have maintained it for at least six months. You should also be in overall good health and have realistic expectations about what a body lift can achieve. Dr. Colony will discuss your medical history to determine if you’re healthy enough to undergo surgery.

What Happens During a Body Lift?

Dr. Colony performs the body lift under general anesthesia for patients in the Okemos, Brighton, and East Lansing areas. During the procedure, incisions are made based on the areas to be targeted. These areas typically include the buttocks, hips, thighs, flanks, and abdomen. The size of the incisions will depend on the amount of excess skin in the area. Once the skin is removed, it can be reshaped and tightened. Dr. Colony will close your incisions with specialized sutures, taking steps to prevent visible scarring. You’ll discuss your surgical plan with Dr. Colony during your consultation, so you know what to expect.

Body Lift Recovery in East Lansing

Recovery from a body lift can take 3-4 weeks of dedicated rest. During this time, it’s important to avoid extensive activity and focus on healing. You’ll be given detailed aftercare instructions by our team including details on taking your prescribed medications and how to manage any drains. It’s important to wear your compression garments over the area as much as possible to reduce swelling and help the skin adhere to the new contours. Within 1-2 months, you’ll see a noticeable improvement in your body’s contours and overall shape. With the right active lifestyle, you can enjoy permanent results from your body lift procedure with Dr. Colony.


Patient Testimonials

Was very cautious, and thought long and hard about whether I should or shouldn't. Awesome decision. Should have done it a long time ago. A great accomplishment that couldn't have been done without the help of Dr. Colony and his awesome team. If you're living a minute with any self-doubt or low self-esteem about a certain body part, put your Nikes on and JUST DO IT!

Dr. Colony was so kind to me when I asked him all my questions about wanting surgery. He did not rush and made me feel like I mattered. He is very knowledgeable. I can hardly wait to get my surgery done by him!

Dr. Colony did AMAZING work!!!! I could NOT be happier with my results. I am 6wks post op breast augmentation and I am completely 150% satisfied. I spent 2hrs asking questions in my consultation. He answered every single one of them. The procedure went perfectly and great CRNA and staffing. Great pre/post-op packet given before surgery. Am sooooo pleased with my results!! Couldn't be happier!! Would recommend to everyone, tell everyone about Dr. Colony!!

A Consultation at Michigan Plastic Surgery™

If you are considering a body lift in East Lansing, contact Michigan Plastic Surgery™. At Michigan Plastic Surgery™, Dr. Lee Colony is dedicated to helping his patients achieve the look they desire. With over 20 years of experience in the field, is an expert surgeon who is pleased to offer a wide range of cosmetic services.

For more information and to schedule a consultation with Dr. Colony for a body lift, contact Michigan Plastic Surgery™ today.

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Board Certified Plastic Surgeon at Michigan Plastic Surgery

Meet Dr. Lee H. Colony, M.D., F.A.C.S., a renowned Board Certified plastic surgeon known for his expertise in aesthetic plastic surgery. As a respected national speaker and educator, his dedication to patient safety and involvement in esteemed medical societies highlight his exceptional skills.