Circumferential Body Lift

Circumferential Body Lift

Many people desire the restoration of a contoured abdomen and correction of sagging buttocks after massive weight loss. Circumferential body lift corrects both problem areas in one surgery. It is essentially a tummy tuck combined with a buttocks lift. Sagging thighs are also corrected as part of the buttock lift. Dr Matthew C Camp provides these surgeries in Minnetonka, Edina, and Burnsville, Minnesota. Dr Camp also discusses the various procedures that comprise a circumferential body lift in this blog post.  

What to Expect from a Circumferential Body Lift

Both men and women can be candidates for circumferential body lift. The goal is to remove excess skin and fat and restore the sculpted appearance that existed prior to obesity.  Massive weight loss individuals may also benefit from procedures that tighten skin in other areas of the body such as Brachioplasty (tightening of loose skin on arms).

  • The waist line is optimized and slimmed down.
  • Excess skin is tightened. This process often results in a large reduction in stretch marks.
  • The sagging buttocks are elevated, and saddle bags correcte

Before & After

Circumferential Body Lift Technique

The body lift procedure is performed in an outpatient surgical center. You will be asleep under the care of a board certified anesthesiologist. The procedure takes 4-5 hours to complete. You are then transported to recovery, and then you are able to go home and sleep in your own bed or easy chair. You will need assistance for the first couple of days, and you will need someone to drive you home.

At the beginning of the procedure, the patient is positioned face down on the table and thoroughly padded to protect any pressure points. An incision is made from hip to hip on the back. The excess tissue of the buttocks has the top most layer of skin removed, and the tissue is used as an auto augmentation to add roundness to the shape of the buttock. The skin below is pulled up to the waist, much like pulling up a pair of trousers, with the buttock fat tucked under the skin. This lifts and reshapes the buttocks, and tightens the thighs. Drains are then placed. The patient is then flipped to the back, and the belly is treated with a tummy tuck. An incision is performed to remove the excess skin of the belly. The incision used goes from hip to hip, and generally falls under the underwear or panty line. In women, this scar is exactly the same level as the horizontal c-section scar. Once the musculature is exposed, corrections of muscular separation or small hernias are repaired. (This is rarely necessary.) The skin is tightened and re-draped, the belly button is preserved, and may be re-shaped if necessary.  Drains are placed to reduce swelling or fluid collections. These small tubes are temporary and are removed a few days after surgery.

Recovery Process

Due to the infusion of a long acting numbing medicine during the procedure, what you can expect is more a sensation of tightness, and mild soreness, but no acute pain. You will be able to return to activities about your home with minimal limitation. For the first week the main inconvenience is dealing with the drain tubes. You can remove your post surgical support garment and shower, we will provide a lanyard to which you can attach the drain bulbs. After the drains are removed, life quickly returns to normal.

Return to Work

Circumferential body lift patients may be ready to return to work in about 2 weeks, although strenuous activity will need to be limited for 4 to 6 weeks.

Combined Procedures:

Some individuals elect to take advantage of the fact that they will be under anesthesia to have additional procedures performed. The most common are:


 Often Asked

How much does a circumferential body lift cost?

Depending on the needs of the patient and the extent of correction required, the price is typically around $14,000, but can cost up to $16,000. Multiple financing options are available.