Using the latest body-contouring techniques, Dr. Morales, performs body lift procedures for men and women in the Houston/Katy area. A body lift incorporates several body contouring procedures to improve and refine the appearance of the breasts, abdomen and torso. It corrects hanging rolls, loose skin, sagging, drooping, deflated breasts, and excess fat pockets in the upper body. The best candidates for a body lift are patients with loose abdominal skin after significant weight loss. Patients considering a body lift should be stabilized at their ideal weight goal.
"Great experience - I am overwhelmed with the experience with Dr Morales. He is the only doctor I had consultation with, prior to my surgery, and I made immediate decision to chose him as my plastic surgeon. He made me feel as comfortable as possible during every visit. The surgery went really well and I was given the best care by Dr. Morales and his team. I would definitely recommend anyone to chose Dr Morales."- P. / RealSelf / Mar 23, 2017
"Finally...Boobs! - Houston, TX - Dr. Morales is fantastic! Great bedside manner, very respectful. He has great staff as well!"- 1. / RealSelf / Mar 06, 2017
"Breast revision/augmentation, 575cc to 800cc - Dr. Morales is the real deal.....Magnificent, young, a complete artist in the breast department. It is difficult to find a doctor who actually listens and tells you how it is, whether your expectations are unreasonable or if it can be done, always with pure professionalism. He takes his time, explains, research and works his magic. I couldn't be happier with my results, I knew the day I went to my initial consultation that I had found that one doctor. His staff is amazing, Linda, all of them are great and make sure you leave happy, never make you feel uncomfortable. Not only top doc, top notch!"- R. / RealSelf / Feb 15, 2017
"57 Years Old and Had a Tummy Tuck and Lipo of Flanks, Bra Line, and Back - Houston, TX - Dr. Morales is AWESOME! He truly cares about his patients. He looks you in the eye when talking to you and is very honest about the expected outcome. When he is with you for an appointment or on the day of surgery, he makes you feel that he has all the time in the world to answer any questions you may have. I sent an email with a couple post op questions and Dr. Morales personally answered me back very quickly. Phone calls are also returned in a timely manner. Dr. Morales even gave me roses after the surgery! I would definitely recommend him to anyone considering cosmetic surgery. Well worth me having to drive 4 hours for appointments to have a wonderful doctor like this."- C. / RealSelf / Jan 27, 2017
"Awesome Doctor!! - Awesome doctor! Dr. Morales is a very kind and caring person. I felt comfortable from the day of my consultation all the way through the procedure and post-op appointments. He takes the time to answer any questions you have without making you feel rushed. His staff are wonderful to deal with also. He even gave me roses after my surgery! Due to his excellent care, I have had no issues... - - Awesome doctor! Dr. Morales is a very kind and caring person. I felt comfortable from the day of my consultation all the way through the procedure and post-op appointments. He takes the time to answer any questions you have without making you feel rushed. His staff are wonderful to deal with also. He even gave me roses after my surgery! Due to his excellent care, I have had no issues with healing and I look great! (I am 57 years old and had TT with lipo of flanks, bra line, and back)"- C. / RealSelf / Jan 25, 2017
During the Surgery@headingTag>
A body lift is performed under general anesthesia at a hospital or outpatient facility. The body lift may be performed with other procedures, such as an arm or breast lift. However, there is a limit to how many procedures can be performed at once safely. The incision is made around the lower trunk to remove the maximum amount of excess skin from the abdomen, hips, and flanks. The scar is kept as low as possible in the front of the abdomen and along the hip line to conceal the scar within a normal panty line. A new opening will be cut for the navel to be reinserted, and the incisions are stitched closed.
The trunk is supported with a binder. Dressings are applied over the incisions, and drains are placed at the incision sites to collect any excess fluid. Drains are removed within 4 to 7 days after surgery. Patients will be encouraged to get up and move around several times a day to help speed the recovery process, and reduce the risk of blood clots forming in the legs. Most patients can go back to work within 2 to 4 weeks after surgery. Strenuous activity and heavy lifting will need to be avoided for about 2 months. It can take a few months for all swelling to clear up. The scars will fade over time.
The total cost for an upper body lift varies for each patient. Most patients pay between $11,000-$15,000. Factors that will affect the overall price include the amount of different procedures performed, the extent of each procedure, medications administered and post-operative visits.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $11,000 - $15,000
- Recovery Time
- 2-3 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 4-5 Hours
- Procedure Recovery Location
Body Lift FAQs@headingTag>
How Long Does It Take?@headingTag>
The length of the procedure varies for each patient, depending on the number of body contouring procedures being performed. Most abdominal procedures take 3 to 4 hours to complete.
Combine with Other Surgeries?@headingTag>
The body lift is often combined with other body contouring procedures such as an arm or breast lift. However, there is a limit to how many procedures can be done safely as it relates to surgical recovery and the amount of time the surgery takes.
Covered by Insurance?@headingTag>
The only technique related to the body lift that is medically necessary and covered by insurance is called a panniculectomy. A panniculectomy removes only the excessive hanging tissue of skin and fat that impairs normal activity. In patients who are candidates for a body lift procedure, the pannus may extend circumferentially around the lower trunk. Insurance companies often require documented symptoms with a pannus, such as skin breakdown, infections, and limiting normal activity.
Return to Work?@headingTag>
Every person recovers differently. The recovery period depends on how many procedures were performed at the same time. The average return to work for the standard body lift is 2-3 weeks.
When Can I Exercise?@headingTag>
The average return to routine exercise is no sooner than 2 months. Post-operative swelling usually persists for months after a body lift. The abdominal muscle tightening requires an appropriate amount of time to recover, and is usually painful if strained too soon.