Corset Body Lift

When you are so focused on losing a significant amount of weight and finally reach your goal, you probably feel tremendous relief and joy...until you realize you are stuck with excess skin, and no matter how hard you work, it just won't go away.

Maybe your excess or loose skin came about as a result of pregnancy weight gain and loss or even just the normal aging process. Perhaps you have widespread stretch marks or significant abdominal scarring from previous surgical procedures. Any or all of these things can make you feel frustrated, self-conscious, and uncomfortable. You don’t have to try to find some way to just accept all of this. The Corset Body Lift can help you achieve your dream of a slim, trim, and beautifully-contoured waistline.

What is the Corset Body Lift?

The Corset Body Lift is a body and life changing abdominal and waistline contouring procedure created by Dr. Moya in 2006. He saw a need for an alternative procedure that would target and reshape not only the upper and lower abdomen, but also the lower chest and upper and lower back, areas that either a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) or lower body lift (circumferential belt lipectomy) alone do not address. The Corset Body Lift, however, is designed to enhance your entire waistline, from top to bottom.

Benefits of the Corset Body Lift

For all patients, the Corset Body Lift is designed to provide:

  • Full-length waistline improvement, the goal is an hourglass figure for women and a tapered torso for men
  • Significant improvement in overall abdominal appearance. The procedure removes excess skin as well as severe stretch marks and/or scarring from previous surgeries (both above and below the belly button)
  • Strong foundation for a carefully-formulated plan for additional contouring procedures (including arm, breast, and/or thigh lifts) if desired

For weight loss patients, the Corset Body Lift also can help you:

  • Fully appreciate your body, the one you have only dreamed of and for which you have worked so hard.
  • Choose clothing based on what you like, not on what you need to wear to disguise your excess skin.
  • Feel more comfortable in your daily activities  being able to move and bend with greater ease and not have to manage hygiene issues due to skin folds.
  • Engage in more activities and exercises as a result of feeling lighter and more confident, making it easier to maintain your transformation

Is the Corset Body Lift right for me?

You may be a good candidate for the Corset Body Lift if you have:

  • Loose or excess skin below your breasts, above and below your belly button, and along your sides, either due to significant weight loss (through weight loss surgery and/or diet and exercise) or multiple/large pregnancies
  • Abdominal scars or severe abdominal stretch marks above your belly button along with loose or excess skin

Because this procedure takes into account your overall body frame as well as your degree of loose or excess skin, it can be tailored to your individual needs and goals. Unlike other contouring procedures, the Corset Body Lift does not necessarily limit your eligibility based on calculated criteria (e.g. BMI, or Body Mass Index).

How is the Corset Body Lift performed?

The Corset Body Lift is performed under general anesthesia, and usually takes four to six hours to complete. It may take longer for those with more extensive skin rolls or larger body frames.

To remove the most loose or excess skin possible for the greatest waistline transformation, Dr. Moya will make several carefully-placed incisions – one beneath the chest, one down the center of the abdomen, and one across the lower abdomen – which will interconnect and give the appearance of an uppercase “I”.

Dr. Moya performs this procedure exclusively with HARMONIC® ultrasonic devices, innovative surgical technology that significantly minimizes bleeding and tissue damage, which means that you will have NO surgical drains, making your recovery easier and far more comfortable.

Recovery after the Corset Body Lift

Depending on the extent or duration of your surgery, you may either be able to go home after surgery or it may be recommended that you stay in the hospital overnight for better comfort and care.

Dr. Moya will be better able to advise which of these might be best for you at the time of your consult. While you will be able to get up and move around right after your surgery (and are encouraged to do so), you will need some assistance initially, as you want to be sure that you do not strain yourself.

You will experience some swelling around the surgical areas, and will need to wear a compression garment for at least three weeks. Since Dr. Moya uses internal sutures and seals over these with skin glue, so you will not have to worry about any specific incisional care. Also, no surgical drains means that your recovery will be much more simplified and comfortable.

You should plan on taking at least two to three weeks off of work, and will need to delay any strenuous activity (including heavy lifting or exercise) for six weeks. Following your surgery, Dr. Moya will be sure to provide you with detailed and personalized instructions on how to best handle your recovery process.

*Before and after photos are available at the time of consult.