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Body Lifts & Contouring in Beverly Hills: What You Need to Know

Having a silhouette that reflects the hard work and dedication you have put into getting to your current weight is a well deserved reward, and the finishing touch on a journey. Body Contouring and Body Lifts are powerful procedures for recontouring and reshaping the figure after massive weight loss or pregnancy.

Upper body lifts and lower body lifts contour the upper and lower parts of the body respectively, and can incorporate a variety of different procedures targeting the chest, buttocks, abdomen, legs, and back. Body contouring can refer to a variety of combination procedures that help remove excess skin and fat, and tighten underlying tissues, resulting in incredible transformations.

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First, you will meet with Dr. Anita to share your concerns and discuss the results that you hope to achieve. This will be followed by a review of your medical history and a focused physical exam. Dr. Anita will then go over the risks and activity restrictions, and give you time to ask questions.

The Upper Body Lift typically is made up of a breast reduction and/or lift, upper back lift, and arm lift. The Lower Body Lift is typically made up of a belt lipectomy, with possible thigh lift or buttock augmentation at the same time. Body Contouring is a general term that can refer to a number of different combination procedures. Combining specific procedures from the upper and lower body in one surgery is also an option if one is a candidate. During your consultation, Dr. Anita will recommend the specific combination of procedures best suited to achieving your desired goals, based on her experience and expertise, and accounting for your priorities.
If more than one surgery is recommended for optimal results and safety, this will be discussed during the consultation. Prior to surgery, you will fill out consent forms. These surgeries will involve general anesthesia and we recommend that you arrange to have someone drive you to and from the appointments.


Varies based on how many procedures are done in a single surgery. Maximum surgical time is limited to 6-8 hours.





Walking is encouraged the same day to prevent blood clots. Avoid activity that places pressure or stretch on the incision areas. No full exercise until 6 weeks post-op.

Return to work

Approximately 2 weeks.

Please Note: These are general estimates that may or may not apply to you individually.


Payments for nonsurgical treatments are made prior to or on the date of service, and payments for surgery are required to be paid in full 3 weeks prior to the surgical date.

We accept all major credit cards, debit cards, cash, and cashier checks. We also work with two third-party financing companies, Care Credit and Alphaeon Credit. You can find more information and apply for credit online using the links below.



At the Clinic

During your consultation, Dr. Anita will take time to learn more about your motivations and goals, understand your concerns, and discuss the treatment in detail. She will go through your medical history and perform a physical exam in order to determine the best plan to reach your goals, and make sure you are a good candidate for surgery.

The Surgery

The day of surgery, Dr. Anita will meet with you once again in the pre-operative area, and review the planned procedure(s). Next, she will mark the surgical sites, and go over any additional questions you may have prior to surgery.

Post Surgery

After surgery, you will be provided with postoperative care instructions, and instructions for follow-up. Dr. Anita will see you for the first postoperative visit 1-2 days after surgery, with an additional visit the week after for drain removal if appropriate. Additional postoperative visits are typically spaced at 2 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months, and 1 year after surgery.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a belt lipectomy?

A belt lipectomy gets its name from the incision wrapping all the way around the abdomen/trunk like a belt. It is a combination of a tummy tuck in the front, and excision of excess low back/upper buttock skin from the back (effectively lifting the buttock skin). Dr. Anita likes to contour that incision to follow your natural curves and anatomy, to provide the least noticeable scar possible.

What is body sculpting surgery?

Body sculpting is a general term that typically refers to liposuction, used to sculpt specific curves (tailored differently for male versus female patients). In some cases, it can also be used to refer to nonsurgical treatments that provide some level of “sculpting”.

What is body contouring surgery?

Body Contouring is a general term that is used to refer to combination surgical procedures done typically after massive weight loss, where there are multiple areas of excess skin that need to be “tailored” or excised to fit the smaller frame.

What procedures are best for body contour surgery?

Body Contouring often has best results when both skin and volume of a given area is contoured. For example, the trunk or abdomen may look best with a tummy tuck to tighten the skin, and liposuction to shrink the love handles.

How is a lower body lift performed?

Lower body lifts involve surgery on the front and back sides. Often the back side is addressed first, with the excess skin removed from lower back/upper buttock, and lifting the buttocks. Next, the patient is returned to laying on their back, and the tummy tuck portion is done. If additional procedures such as monsplasty or thigh lift are to be done, and time permits, these can be done as well.

How long does a lower body lift take?

Typically a lower body lift takes 5-8 hours.

How much does body contouring surgery cost?

The cost varies widely based on what procedures are done, how involved each step will be, and the length of time in the OR. To provide you with accurate pricing information, we invite you to book a complimentary Pre-Consult Phone Call with our Patient Care Coordinator by calling 310-205-0212. During that phone call, important information will be discussed and ballpark pricing will be provided.

How long is recovery from a body lift?

It is recommended that you take 2 weeks off from work. Drains are placing during surgery, and the drains typically come out during the first week, however the garments should be worn day and night for the first 2-4 weeks. Walking daily is a must (to prevent blood clots), but full exercise is not permitted until 6 weeks.

Client Reviews

" Dear Dr. Patel, June, and Zuny. Thank you so much for your kindness and compassion with me during and after my accident. I feel as though you saved me from disfigurement and I am SO grateful... Thank you for making my accident easer to put in the past. All my best. "


" The fabulous Dr. Anita Patel, thank you so much for my new boobies! I am so happy with the results and already feel so much more confident. You truly made me feel comfortable every step of the way. You are a master at what you do and I am so honored to have gotten work done by you! I adore you tons. xxxo "


" Dr. Patel, thank you so much once again! You saved me at an all time low. "


" Dr. Patel, I cannot thank you enough for what you have done for me! Your gentle kindness is greatly appreciated. I love the New Me and it is all because of you! Warm Regards. "


" I would like to say that Dr. Patel and her medical and office staff are professional and courteous. From my initial consultation visit until the present which is post-surgery 3 months. They smile and look you in the eye. They make you feel comfortable enough to express your true desire for your appearance and they sincerely endeavor to give to you the closest possible result. Dr. Patel and her team took such good care of me. She anticipated my needs and was attentive to my wound care and pain maintenance. I am pleased with my tummy and thighplasty. I am looking forward to next year when I continue with a breast reduction and lift and upper arms. "


" Dr. Patel and her staff are absolutely AMAZING!!! After having my lap-band in 2009, I was ready to get rid of my loose skin for good! I decided to have a tummy tuck and a thigh lift. =) I met with 5 different surgeons before I was referred to Dr. Anita Patel. She was finally the one!!!! Her assistant Jenny is just as amazing as she is!!! I was super nervous about having these two procedures done, but I had Dr. Patel and Jenny right there the whole way!!! They went above and beyond to meet all of my concerns. =) I had my surgeries 11 days ago and I am super happy with my results so far!!! I can't wait to see them when I am fully recovered! I will be having a breast lift/augmentation next! Everyone from the front desk to the operating room are just AMAZING!!!! "


" Dr. Patel made me so comfortable. She is absolutely amazing and I would recommend her to everyone! "


" I had my lap band surgery three years ago now I was ready for my tummy tuck. But from the horror stories I heard I kept putting it off. I went to see two other doctors and wasn't happy, until I met Dr. Patel and her amazing staff. The first day I met them I knew I wanted her to be the one to do my surgery for me. Everyone was fantastic from Dr. Patel's staff to the after care. "


" Dr. Patel and her staff are the best professionals in town! "


" Dr. Patel is a great Doctor. From the very first phone call with Jenny, Dr. Patel's Coordinator, I felt very comfortable. When I went for the 1st appointment in Newport Beach, I was very impressed with the professionalism of Dr. Patel and Jenny. They took time discussing the procedures and options and put my mind at ease. I had a Tummy Tuck and Breast Lift with Implants. The surgery day went great and I am so happy with the results. I would recommend her to my family and friends and will use her for any future cosmetic surgeries I may have. Thank you Dr. Patel!! "


" Dr. Patel is absolutely amazing! I interviewed many surgeons and no one could touch her compassionate, genuine personality. Dr. Patel takes her time during the consultation, you are never rushed. She is very detailed when explaining the procedures, prep and recovery. She is real... not pretentious, no inflated ego and zero God complex. Dr. Patel cares about every person who takes the time to come to her clinic. Throughout my pre-op, surgery and post-op Dr. Patel's exceptional care was displayed without waiver. I would HIGHLY recommend anyone considering the services of a PS to contact her... it will be worth your time. Thank you Dr. Patel!!!!! "


" You give so much of yourself in the kindness you show and the lives you touch. Wish that all the goodness you share comes back to you. Thank you for everything you have done for me. "


" Words cannot express how thankful I am for you. You really have helped to change my life for the better, and gave me the body I knew was under there somewhere... making it all happen truly renews my faith that there are great people out there. You are an artist and I am so happy to have you in my life... "


" Dr. Patel, Jenny, Nicole, and staff, I have enjoyed every moment with each of you and I thank you again for making the entire process of my surgery at Rox Surgery Center such a joy and success. You're all the best!!... "


" You are an amazing surgeon I am so glad I found you. I am more than happy with the results. It is better than I could have ever imagined. Your staff Jenny and nurse Zarina were so caring and made me feel comfortable with the whole process... Thank you so much... "


" There really isn't a way to explain what this surgery has meant to me. It is the final step of a really long and hard emotional journey... From the bottom of my heart thank you for making me look like I feel. Your talent is amazing!... "


" I was extremely happy with everyone. The whole staff was helpful and very personable. Dr. Patel you are amazing!!... I would recommend you to anyone looking for a breast augmentation. Thank you!! Thank you!! Thank you!!... "


" Thank you and your staff so much for making me feel so special and taking such good care of me. I can tell you love what you do... "


I just wanted to thank you for taking such great care of me before, during, and after my surgery. It meant a lot to know I wasn't just another patient coming through. I'll actually miss seeing you once all is said and done!... "


" I've wanted to do this my whole life. Thank you for being so kind and holding my hand through this experience. I am so grateful I found you... "


" Thank you for taking the time to listen. I am so happy with my results! I wish I had done it sooner... "


" Thank you so much for taking care of me. Your kindness is greatly appreciated... "


" Words cannot express my gratitude for your expertise... I was in need of a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon and no where near Beverly Hills! It was nice of you to work at the hospital that day!! Thank you... "


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