Circumferential body lift

By Mayo Clinic Staff

An abdomen reduction and buttock reduction done together is called a circumferential body lift. This combined procedure is major surgery that takes longer to perform and is associated with more pain. Patient priorities and medical conditions are considerations in determining if someone is a candidate for a circumferential body lift.

What to expect

The incisions are made around the entire circumference of the body. The position of the incisions varies from person to person, but is usually hip to hip, front and back. The excess skin between the incisions is removed. The incisions are then pulled together and closed.


Risks associated with circumferential body lift include, but are not limited to:

  • Problems related to anesthesia
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Blood clots
  • Poor wound healing
  • Wound separation
  • Widened or raised scars
  • Seroma (fluid collection under the skin)
  • Numbness in the abdomen (usually temporary)

This procedure is performed by specialists in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Key Facts

Anesthesia: General anesthesia

Length of procedure: 1 1/2 to 2 hours

Length of stay: Usually home the same day

Discomfort: Moderate with prescription pain medications

Anticipate: Swelling for up to 6 weeks

Final result: Up to 1 year

Duration of results: Lasting, unless substantial weight gain

Nov. 30, 2016