Body Lift



Body Lift & Excess Skin Removal Houston TX

Drastic weight loss, pregnancy, and aging can all lead to undesirable excess skin in various parts of the body. Diet and exercise can help you tone your muscles and lose fat, but often excess skin is left behind which in turn does not lead to that well-contoured, firm body that you desire. Body lift plastic surgery is a comprehensive procedure that aims to get rid of excess skin and stubborn fat in the thighs, buttocks, hips, abdomen, arms, and even breasts. Many patients who undergo this procedure get a firmer and more attractive body that improves their self-confidence and quality of life.
Houston, TX plastic surgeon Dr. Christian Arroyo offers body lift surgery to patients in his Houston and West Houston backyard, as well as surrounding Texas cities of River Oaks, Bellaire, Katy, Memorial, Briarforest, Sugarland, Pearland, Kingwood, Jacinto City, Galena Park, Pasadena, Cloverleaf, Aldine, Spring, the Woodlands, and more. Dr. Arroyo has extensive experience and a one of a kind aesthetic eye for body contouring procedures. He enjoys performing this procedure with the goal of eliminating accumulated loose and stretched tissue in order to restore taut, youthful contours, and give the patient a natural, shapely silhouette. The surgeon understands that the needs of different people are unique and goes out of his way to create an individualized treatment plan for each patient. More so, the surgeon utilizes the most advanced surgical techniques to achieve the desired body lift goals while minimizing the risk of scarring and other side effects.

Body Lift in Houston, Texas: Who is a Candidate

Body lift, sometimes referred to as belt-lipectomy, is a cosmetic surgery procedure that aims to remove excess loose tissue and stubborn fat that may have accumulated due to weight fluctuations, normal aging, or poor tissue elasticity. You may be a good candidate for body lift surgery if:

  • You are in good physical and emotional health
  • You are frustrated with excess skin after losing significant weight or undergoing bariatric surgery
  • You experience frequent rashes, chafing, or infections due to overhanging skin
  • You are near your ideal weight goals
  • You have realistic expectations about the outcome of your body lift treatment

During your first body lift consultation at Arroyo Plastic Surgery in West Houston, the surgeon will listen to your concerns, examine your problem areas, and let you know whether this procedure is right for you. Dr. Arroyo undertakes this process using a state of the art virtual consultation tool in which he will be able to show you (in real-time) what the procedure would entail, where the scars would be located and what you can expect using your own pictorial anatomy. The surgeon requires his body lift patients to quit smoking and adhere to other pre-op instructions in the weeks before the surgery. It is also important you ensure you are undergoing this cosmetic treatment strictly for themselves, not because someone else asked you to.

Benefits of a Body Lift

Many patients who undergo a body lift cosmetic treatment experience unique and life-improving benefits such as:

  • Improved sagging of the abdominal skin
  • Lifted and a smoother lower back
  • Shapelier, better-contoured buttocks
  • Tightened inner and outer thighs
  • Improved contour around the groin

Since Dr. Arroyo customizes each procedure to suit your distinct needs and goals, the specific benefits obtained from this procedure will vary from one patient to another.

Dr. Arroyo’s Unique Sedation Method

During a body lift procedure, Dr. Christian Arroyo utilizes a unique sedation method that is referred to as Total Intravenous Anesthesia (TIVA) Sedation. This technique is considered to be generally safer and allows the patient to breathe on their own without any intubation during surgery. Furthermore, patients do not suffer from side effects such as nausea, vomiting, or pain associated with general anesthesia. Once you have been prepped for surgery, the surgeon’s team will administer a specific type of oral medication to ease the nerves and assist with pain control. Instead of the typical intravenous medication, this is an oral version that many of his body lift patients find to be very comfortable and preferable. After this the patient is brought into the operating room where a painless IV is started and intravenous medications are administered to give the patient a nice comfortable sedation, without intubation. The patient is very closely monitored by Dr. Arroyo’s surgical staff with patient safety being the #1 priority. After the surgery is done, you wake up relaxed without pain, nausea or vomiting and ready to go home and recover.

Body Lift Procedure Options

Dr. Arroyo offers a variety of body lift procedures to help you achieve the youthful contour that you desire, with a natural-looking result. Procedures that may be integrated into your body lift surgery include:

Breast lift

Also referred to as mastopexy – is a cosmetic surgery treatment for women who are bothered by the appearance of elongated, sagging breasts. During a breast lift, the surgeon will focus on removing excess skin and reshaping tissue in order to achieve an elevated, perkier breast appearance.

Arm lift

This treatment is also referred to as a Brachioplasty and is an excellent option for addressing excess loose skin in the upper arms region. The plastic surgeon will aim to get rid of hanging skin and tighten the underlying tissue in order to achieve a well-toned, smoother, upper arm appearance.

Tummy tuck

lso referred to as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck aims to address loose skin, stretched/weakened muscles, and stubborn fat in the abdominal region. Many patients who undergo this treatment achieve a slimmer and tighter midsection with improved core muscle functionality.

Thigh Lift

Men and women who have excess skin or stubborn fat in their thigh region can benefit from thigh lift surgery. This procedure aims to resolve aesthetic concerns in the inner and outer thighs in order to achieve a tightened, better-toned upper leg appearance.

Brazilian Butt Lift

Also referred to as fat grafting butt augmentation, a Brazilian butt lift is designed for women who wish to improve the appearance of their buttocks. The surgeon will use fat from other areas of your body to achieve a fuller, shapelier and more attractive buttock appearance.


This is a must-have procedure for patients who wish to eliminate stubborn pockets of fat in virtually any part of the body. Dr. Arroyo can perform liposuction alone or in conjunction with other body sculpting procedures in order to achieve the desired body contouring result.


Male Breast Reduction

The Body Lift Procedure

Your body lift treatment may be performed in a single surgical session or spread out over multiple surgical sessions. The surgeon will create a treatment plan that works best for you based on your unique anatomy, and the number of procedures that need to be included in the body lift. The surgeon utilizes advanced surgical methods and routines in order to achieve the desired outcome while improving wound healing and reducing the risk of scarring and other side effects.

Recovery after a Body Lift

Recovery from a body lift will vary from one patient to the other depending on the number of techniques performed, extent of each procedure, and unique healing ability. The majority of Dr. Arroyo’s patients, however, are back up within 3-6 weeks. It is not uncommon to experience soreness, swelling, tiredness, and discomfort in the days following the surgery. The surgeon will provide appropriate pain medication to help improve your comfort level throughout the recovery duration. You will be encouraged to take light walks several times a day in order to improve blood circulation. However, strenuous activities and vigorous exercise should be postponed until after you get the go-ahead from Dr. Arroyo. It is very important to strictly adhere to Dr. Arroyo’s post-operative instructions in order to ensure a speedy and uninterrupted recovery. Should you have questions or be concerned about anything during the recovery process, Dr. Arroyo’s office will be available to provide the support you need.

Plan Your Procedure
in West Houston, TX

Dr. Christian Arroyo performs body lift in his in-office operating room, supported by highly qualified nursing staff. The cost of body lift in Houston, Texas can vary dramatically depending on the number of different procedures that need to be performed, as well as each patient’s unique anatomy. Many of Dr. Arroyo’s patients can expect to pay between $8,000 and $30,000 for this cosmetic treatment. Health insurance companies typically do not cover body lift because it is considered to be an elective cosmetic procedure (and not a medical necessity). During your initial body lift consultation with Dr. Arroyo, the surgeon’s team will provide a cost estimate so you can arrange for financing.

Body Lift FAQ

How long will results last?

While a body lift gets rid of excess skin and stubborn fat in various parts of the body, it does not prevent new fat and skin from forming. Dr. Arroyo advises his patients to take good care of their bodies – through a controlled diet and plenty of exercise – in order to have long-lasting results from this treatment.

Will I have scarring?

Scarring is inevitable following a surgical procedure. However, Dr. Arroyo uses the most advanced surgical techniques to make sure your scar is as thin as possible and makes sure to conceal those scars along fold lines or in areas of the body where they are properly hidden. More so, the surgeon will let you know how to care for your incisions and scar sites in order to ensure that there are improvements over time.