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The Mermaid Lift

One of the most popular wedding dress silhouettes is the “mermaid” shape—and it’s no mystery why! The dress shape hugs the bride’s frame, widening just after the rear. The shape is meant to emphasize a curvaceous, feminine figure, but that can be a little tricky if there aren’t curves already present. Fortunately, a procedure exists specifically designed to bring out the best in a woman’s shape: the Mermaid Lift.



The Mermaid Lift is a combination of treatments (tummy tuck, lateral thigh lift, and buttock enhancement) designed to define a woman’s feminine shape. The treatment may also include breast augmentation, depending on the patient’s needs, but is typically more like a lower body lift. In general, it can take anywhere from four to eight hours. The Mermaid Lift creates a small waist and a flat stomach, cinching in a perfect, proportionate hourglass figure.



Though there’s a broad scope of potential candidates for the Mermaid Lift, doctors prefer patients with a healthy BMI (no higher than 30), and are relatively close to their goal weights. Many patients have recently had a massive weight loss, or are experiencing the effects of aging. So long as the patient has reasonable expectations for her treatment and has enough fat that it can be reshaped, then she shouldn’t have a problem getting a Mermaid Lift.



As with any surgical procedure, proper patient selection along with thorough evaluation and discussion of post operative  expectations, is of utmost importance in achieving the safest most reliable outcomes. Some risks include bleeding, infection,  delayed wound healing, and heavy scaring . Overall, these are safe procedures that offer appropriately selected candidates excellent results when performed by a board certified plastic surgeon.

The price of the Mermaid Lift can range anywhere from $15,000.00-$25,000.00 depending on the patients needs. This includes hospitalization, anesthesia, overnight hospital stay , and all professional fees. The post operative healing process may take anywhere from two to six weeks depending on the individualized components  added to the Mermaid Lift. These are  important considerations in planning the procedure around ones work, school, and social schedule.



The Mermaid Lift is a comprehensive body contouring procedure. It is often times regarded as the "icing on the cake" when considering the hardwork and effort some go through in achieving their weightloss and body image goals. It is a great way for women to further celebrate these accomplishments and to feel even better about themselves.


Written by Cosmetic Town Editorial Team through exclusive interview provided by Dr. Nick Masri of Face + Body Cosmetic Surgery in Miami, FL