Body lift (Bodylifting)

Operation | Follow-up care | Frequently asked questions

A body lift is a correction of the entire figure. While previous surgical procedures focused mainly on the anterior abdominal wall and the inner thigh, today’s body lifts use techniques that allow for correction of the figure as a whole, especially in the area of the hips and buttocks.

The incisions required under this procedure will be placed so that they are concealed by your underwear or swimsuit. A body lift can be combined with liposuction on the thighs or correction of the upper arms.

The operation 

On the day of your body lift you will arrive at the Pyramid Clinic one and a half to two hours before your scheduled surgery. Our nursing staff and your specialist will prepare you for the operation ahead. This includes taking the “before” photos and marking the new silhouette on your skin.

The body lift takes from four to six hours and is performed under general anaesthetic. First, the buttocks and outer thigh area will be lifted while you lie on your stomach. Then the abdomen and inner thighs will be treated while you lie on your back.

A body lift is a major medical intervention that generally requires an overnight stay in the clinic of five to seven days.

Follow-up care 

After the operation you will have to wear a special stomach belt during the day for a period of six weeks. You will need to allow several weeks before the extended incision lines over various parts of the body have fully healed. You may also be off work for up to four weeks.

Body lift: Before surgery

Excess skin folds are clearly visible around the buttocks and thighs

Body lift: incision lines

The incision lines are marked on the skin in preparation for “full body” correction

Body lift: after surgery

The surgical scars will be positioned in such a way that they are concealed by your underwear or swimsuit

Frequently asked questions about body lifts

Will the result be permanent?

As a general rule, the more stable your body weight, the better the chance of a permanent result. Even after a slight increase in weight, you can still expect lasting results from this form of figure correction.

Will the scars be visible?

New body lifting methods make it possible for “full body” correction to be achieved in a less invasive way. The scars caused by the operation will be positioned so they are concealed by your underwear or swimsuit.

Do I need to tell you about any medication I am taking?

It is extremely important in every case that you advise the specialist treating you of any illnesses and any medication you may be taking. For two weeks before surgery you must not take any medication containing aspirin (e.g. Aspirin, Aspégic etc.). These medications may lead to excessive bleeding during the operation and delay the post-operative healing process. The specialist may decline to go ahead with the body lift at any time if an increased risk is posed as a result of medication taken before the operation.

Are there any risks associated with a body lift?

As a general rule, any operation carries with it certain risks (e.g. intolerance of certain medication, bruising, delayed healing, inflammation, scar problems or loss of normal sensation). This all depends on the individual’s general state of health. Your specialist will discuss any potential risks with you as part of the consultation process and preparation for surgery.

How long will I be off work?

You should expect to be off work for about four weeks.
When will I be able to play sport again?
Sporting activity may be resumed once the healing process is over (after about six to eight weeks).

How much does a body lift cost?

The cost of a body lift depends on the type and scope of the surgical procedure involved and can only be determined through a private consultation and a medical examination. In total you can expect to pay around 25,000 to 35,000 Swiss francs. The preliminary consultation is 200 Swiss francs.

Will this procedure be covered by health insurance?

A body lift is not normally covered by health insurance.

Contact us for a consultation

Our doctors have many years of experience. We guarantee rapid, expert investigation and advice. Treatment is provided using the most up-to-date equipment and facilities. You are also welcome to ask us for a second opinion.

Facts and figures



4 to 6 hours, under general anaesthetic



Length of stay at the clinic

5 to 7 nights

Post-operative treatment

Post-operative treatment

Compression garment for about 4 to 6 weeks

Time off work

Time off work

3 to 4 weeks



Resume after 6 weeks