Aesthetic and plastic surgeon Doctor Roman Merle performs body lift procedures in Antibes. This is a procedure that aims to re-contour the shape of the body from the abdomen to the thighs.

When is a body lift appropriate?

A body lift can help to remove fat from the tummy, buttocks and thighs, as well as tighten the skin in these areas. It is also called a “circular belt lipectomy” and is especially used following surgery for obesity or after massive weight loss, when there is a significant excess of skin as a result. It can also be proposed to anyone who has a considerable excess of skin in the mid section of the body: through obesity, loss of elasticity due to aging, after liposuction, sagging buttocks….)

This procedure can be performed from the age of 18 years.

Body lift procedure

During a body lift procedure, Dr Merle will remove a band of skin and fat (about 20 to 25 cm wide) from around the abdominal belt area, going from the tummy to the buttocks via the thighs. Any damaged skin is taken away and healthy skin is tightened. The scar runs at belt level. The precise area to be removed will be thoroughly discussed before the operation.

Liposuction can be carried out at the same time in the hip and “saddlebag” area. Fat that is removed by liposuction can potentially be re-injected into the buttock area to increase their volume and to re-shape them (lipofilling).

Several hours are needed to perform a body lift depending on the extent of the area to be treated. It is carried out under a general anaesthetic. After surgery, you will be in hospital for between 4 to 6 days.
The cost of a body lift performed in Antibes by aesthetic and plastic surgeon Doctor Roman Merle, starts at €3000 and can, in certain cases, be reimbursed by Social Security.

What to expect following a body lift

Soit directement derrière la glande, en avant des muscles pectoraux
(positionnement prémusculaire)

Soit plus profondément, en arrière des muscles pectoraux
(positionnement rétromusculaire)

After surgery, some discomfort may be experienced: tiredness, swelling and bruising often occur. Doctor Merle will be able to prescribe appropriate medication to help reduce any discomfort.
A compression garment is worn for around 1 month after the procedure to reduce the swelling. Practicing sport is not advised for a month.

The final result will be visible from 3 weeks after the operation when the swelling has begun to reduce. Any scars will gradually fade over 1 to 3 years but will not disappear completely.

Case n°1 — Before/after