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What’s the Recovery Time for a Body Lift?

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What’s the Recovery Time for a Body Lift?

There is typically no additional recovery time when combining procedures. Recovery from a body lift is generally equal to that of your most extensive surgery. For many, a body lift includes a tummy tuck, liposuction, and a custom procedure such as an arm lift. Whatever the reason you’re looking to remove areas of excess fat and skin, at Tenley K. Lawton M.D., we’re at your side every step of the way.

Dr. Lawton is a board-certified surgeon who meets with each patient individually to craft a treatment that’s right for them. She uses her advanced surgical skills and techniques to ensure an optimal outcome with as little recovery as possible. Today, we’ll take a closer look at what you can expect in the weeks following this highly specialized procedure.

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*Individual Results May Vary

The Weeks After A Body Lift

In many cases, you’ll be able to go home the same day after your body lift procedure. You’ll be asked to have a friend or family member drive you to and from your surgery. You should have a support system nearby round-the-clock to assist with you through the initial 24-48 hours post-surgery. Even minor tasks during the first few days can be somewhat daunting.

After 3-5 days, you’ll begin to feel more like yourself. Walking around the house is encouraged every several hours. Discomfort levels will peak around day three and significantly subside with each following day. Pain medication will be prescribed to keep you comfortable throughout this time.

At the beginning of week two, you can start to incorporate more day-to-day tasks. Most body lift patients feel comfortable returning to non-strenuous work in 2-3 weeks. More strenuous activities should be avoided for 4-6 weeks. Dr. Lawton will customize a post-operative recovery plan based on your individual procedure.


The first step is to schedule an in-person consultation with Dr. Lawton or one of our trusted providers at Tenley K Lawton M.D. in Neport Beach, CA. Simply fill out the form on this page and we will reach out to you promptly to schedule your appointment.

Full Body Lift Recovery

The majority of swelling and bruising should subside within 4-6 weeks, at which point you’ll start to see more substantial results. An optimal outcome from your body lift procedure can take upwards of 1-year or more. Scars will gradually fade with time, leaving you with a contoured physique and a newfound sense of self-confidence.

Dr. Lawton will provide more specific information about how you can care for your surgical sites as well as projected downtime during your consultation. Follow-up exams will be scheduled as needed to ensure that you’re recovery is going smoothly. At Tenley K. Lawton M.D., we’re committed to helping you safely and effectively achieve your desired results.

Dr. Lawton is a perfectionist, a “Rembrandt”. She did in one try what my previous surgeon couldn’t do in 4 tries. I finally have my body, my life, and my self esteem restored. Thank you for being caring, calm, reassuring. You’re the best. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.


*Individual Results May Vary


Dr. Lawton strives to provide the best experience for everyone who chooses her practice for their aesthetic needs. Read why our patients love their results & experience with Dr. Lawton and her team of expert providers.

Take the Next Step

Would you like to learn more about Body Lift procedures? Simply fill out the form on this page or call Tenley K. Lawton M.D. at (949) 640-0999 to schedule your consultation with Board-Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Tenley Lawton serving Newport Beach and the greater Orange County, CA area.

*Individual Results May Vary

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