Corset Body Lift

Losing a significant amount of weight is a big achievement, one that can require a great deal of hard work and discipline. The dreams of finally reaching your goal weight seem to come closer and closer, and finally you get there! You thought that all you would feel would be tremendous relief and joy – but then you realize that you still have all of that excess skin, and that no matter what you do or how hard you continue to work, it’s just not going anywhere. 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, perhaps even in combination, 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 – you can have the body you’ve imagined, and 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.

Find Out If Corset Body Lift Is Right For You

Dr. Moya explains how to determine if you are a candidate with a self evaluation.

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?

Who is a good candidate?

  • Patients with 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.

  • Patients with 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 we may recommend that you stay in the hospital overnight for better comfort and care.

At the time of your consult, Dr. Moya will be better able to advise which of these might be best for you. 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, 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.

Dr. Alexander P. Moya has had the privilege of presenting his corset body contouring technique at numerous plastic surgery symposiums over the past several years.

Plastic Surgery 2018, Chicago, IL (ASPS)

The Aesthetic Meeting 2018, New York City, NY (ASAPS) – Teaching course

Plastic Surgery 2016, Los Angeles, CA (ASPS) – Instructional Course

The Aesthetic Meeting 2016, Las Vegas, NV (ASAPS) – Teaching course

Plastic Surgery 2015, Boston, MA (ASPS) – Instructional Course

The Aesthetic Meeting 2015, Montreal, CA (ASAPS) – Teaching course

New Jersey Society of Plastic Surgeons Annual Spring Meeting 2015, New Brunswick, NJ (NJSPS)

Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons 31st Annual Meeting, 2014, Providence, RI (NESPS)

18th Annual Advanced Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Workshop “Shaping the Body”, Melbourne, Australia 2014

The Aesthetic Meeting 2013, New York City, NY (ASAPS) – Teaching course

Plastic Surgery 2012, New Orleans, LA (ASPS) – Instructional Course

ISAPS 21st Congress 2012, Geneva, Switzerland (ISAPS) – Free video presentation

The Aesthetic Meeting 2012, Vancouver, CA (ASAPS) – Teaching course

Breast Surgery and Body Contouring Symposium, Santa Fe, NW (ASAPS)

The Aesthetic Meeting 2011, Boston, MA (ASAPS) – Teaching course

The Aesthetic Meeting 2010, Washington, DC (ASAPS) – Video presentation

Breast Surgery and Body Contouring Symposium, Santa Fe, NM (ASAPS)

Plastic Surgery 2009, Seattle, WA (ASPS)

The Aesthetic Meeting 2009, Las Vegas, NV (ASAPS) – Abstract presentation

He was honored to receive the Sherrell J. Aston Award for his abstract presentation (Modified Optimal Yield Abdominoplasty: A “Corset” Approach to Comprehensive Abdominal and Lateral Trunk Contouring in the Massive Weight Loss Patient) at the ASAPS annual meeting in Las Vegas, NV in May 2009.

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