What is a Body Lift?

The way we feel about our body - the way it looks, the way it moves with us, the way we think others may perceive it - plays a significant role in the relationship we have with ourselves. 

The reasons you may have for wanting to create changes in the way your body is shaped are unique to you. Meeting with Dr. Ridgway will give you the chance to discuss you motivations, the ideals you have in mind and what can actually be achieved. From this, Dr. Ridgway will work with you to create a realistic plan that prepares you for every detail of your experience. 

There are many factors that can change the shape of our bodies over time - time, damage from the sun, pregnancy, significant fluctuations in weight, and genetic factors each play a role in making your skin less elastic, impacting the shape of your abdomen, buttocks and thighs.

Body lifts improve the shape of the underlying tissue that supports your tissue and skin. Depending upon your body type, and the results you want to achieve, Dr. Ridgway may perform procedure that remove excess fat and skin to improve dimpled, irregular skin surfaces. Based upon what you want to achieve, Dr. Ridgway may recommend a body lift that addresses:

  • Your abdominal area - locally or extending around your sides and into your lower back area
  • Your buttocks if you feel they are low, flat or shaped unevenly
  • Skin and tissue around your groin that may sag into your inner thigh
  • Your thigh - your inner, outer, or posterior thigh, or the thigh's circumference

For some of our clients, Dr. Ridgway will recommend a combination of body lift and liposuction to created the sculpted image you are looking for.

In general, candidates for a body lift include:

  • Individuals with significant soft tissue looseness in one or multiple body areas
  • Healthy individuals without medical conditions that impair healing or increase risk of surgery
  • Individuals with a positive outlook and realistic goals for what body lift surgery can accomplish
  • Non-smokers
  • Individuals committed to leading a healthy lifestyle with proper nutrition and fitness
We work with each of our patients to make certain that the results extend beyond appearance in ways that help them have the life they want to live.
— Dr. Emily Ridgway



2-3 hours (depending on extent of procedure)




Usually Outpatient


Back at work in 4-7 days.
Resume light exercise at 2 weeks.
Resume strenuous activity at 6 weeks.
8-12 weeks for swelling to resolve.