• 24 June 2016

Achieving a mermaid-like figure may appear to be a longshot, but it definitely can be done, thanks to Face + Body Cosmetic Surgery’s signature treatment, the Miami Mermaid Lift.

Specifically designed to meet a woman’s dream of a lower body shape, this surgery combines four individual procedures to create the ultimate body contouring surgery. These procedures include the tummy tuck, thigh lift, butt lift, and butt augmentation.

These four have been specifically selected to address the contour irregularities of the hips, buttocks, and waistline. The end result is an attractive hourglass figure that would look fabulous in any type of body-hugging clothing.

Read on and learn more about these four procedures that make up a Mermaid Lift.

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Tummy Tuck

Also known as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck surgery is the best way to remove loose skin, tighten the muscles, and eliminate stubborn deposit of fats in the abdominal area. This results in a natural-looking but firmer midsection that will surely improve your sense of confidence with regard to your appearance.

This procedure comes in different types, namely the complete, mini, endoscopic, extended, and circumferential tummy tucks. The choice depends on what your surgeon deems as the most fitting to your current needs.

The tummy tuck is an integral part of the Miami Mermaid Lift because it is the procedure that accentuates the waistline to create a more feminine flare at the hips. This is done by tightening the midline abdominal muscles as it cinches the waist, resulting in the thighs naturally flaring out to form an hourglass-shaped figure.

It also flattens the abdomen to improve its contour and definition. Your pubic area is also lifted to create a more youthful transition to the lower abdomen and not leave any unsightly mound.  The tummy tuck also involves repositioning the belly button to complement your new bottleneck waistline. Even unsightly stretch marks located below the navel can be removed as the skin of the abdomen is pulled taut.

Thigh Lift

The thighs are one of the most problematic areas of a woman’s body as they age. Fat cells, cellulite, and excess skin often accumulate on the thighs, making them look heavier and older. Sometimes, they also remain stubbornly resistant to diet and exercise even after massive weight loss.

That is the reason why the thigh lift is one of the staple procedures done in a Mermaid Lift. The thigh lift—also known as thighplasty—involves the removal of excess skin, fat, and tissue on the upper legs to make them look toned and refined. It results in firmer and more attractive upper legs.

Though there are various types of thigh lifts, the one that most often used for a Mermaid Lift is the lateral or outer thigh lift, which is designed to tighten the skin on the front and outside of the leg. Your surgeon will make an incision at the top of the leg where the lower edge of a bikini bottom would be, creating a “V” shape. Depending on your needs, the incision may wrap around to your hip or buttocks area. Your surgeon will then remove a certain amount of skin before pulling the remaining skin up and attaching it to the same area for a smoother appearance along the right and left side of the leg.

The thigh lift is done in conjunction with the tummy tuck during a Mermaid Lift because it is this procedure that creates a natural flare at the hips, creating a mermaid-like lower body.

Butt Lift

One of the things that make women look good in a mermaid evening gown is the pleasing shape of their buttocks. That is the reason why a butt lift is traditionally a part of a Miami Mermaid Lift.

Women who are unhappy with the appearance of their buttocks—whether due to their size, shape, or presence of sagging skin—can enhance their figures with a butt lift surgery. Those whose problem is the presence of excess drooping skin may get a traditional butt lift while those who want to subtly augment their backsides may go for the more popular Brazilian butt lift. The latter, in particular, sculpts unwanted fat from other areas of the body to plump the buttocks and hips, producing a curvier and mermaid-like form.

The butt lift is usually paired with other procedures to enhance its effects. In the case of a Mermaid Lift, a butt lift is performed in conjunction with a tummy tuck to further accentuate the waistline and make the hips more noticeable. It also lifts and restores the shape of your buttocks. The appearance of cellulite is also reduced or even eliminated with a butt lift. The result is a sexier-looking backside that goes well with your flat abdomen and toned thighs.

Butt Augmentation

Mermaids have naturally plump and perky backsides, so a Mermaid Lift would not be complete without a buttocks augmentation procedure. In fact, this procedure is what distinguishes the Miami Mermaid Lift from the traditional lower body lift since the latter does not usually involve butt augmentation.

Traditionally, butt augmentation involves either the transfer of fat from the elsewhere on the patient’s body to the buttocks, or surgical insertion of a gluteal implant into the patient’s buttocks to create a larger, shapelier, and more sensuous rear end. This results in an hourglass figure that will make you feel more attractive and boost your confidence levels.

However, the butt augmentation in a Mermaid Lift involves the use of deepithilialized skin from the back and rotating it into the buttock to create a thicker and plumper rear. Just like the other three procedures in a Mermaid Lift, butt augmentation also puts emphasis on a proportional waist-to-hip ratio, accentuating the waistline and creating a flare at the hips. It also restores volume to the buttocks, making it look sexier and more prominent.

Although these four procedures are considered to be the staple procedures in a Mermaid Lift, it can still be tailored to suit anyone interested in customizing their own version of the procedure. Schedule a Free Consultation with one of Face + Body’s board certified cosmetic surgeons to learn more about this unique and exclusive procedure.