About Lower Body Lift Surgery
A lower body lift is a body contouring procedure the removes excess hanging skin and fat to reshape and “lift” certain areas of the body affected by weight loss or pregnancy. The surgery targets the mid-section and the lower body, including the abdomen, buttocks, lower back, flanks, and upper thighs. Depending upon how much skin removal is required, a circumferential 360 incision may be made, which allows the greatest amount of skin excision and lift. This is a major surgery and can redefine a patient’s lower body. Board-certified Houston plastic surgeon, Dr. Edward Lee, has special training with skin removal surgeries. In many cases, this surgery allows patients to not only reach their weight loss goals, but completes their overall transformation with a tighter figure that looks healthy and normal.
Ideal candidates for this surgery are usually ones who have lost a significant amount of weight and are battling new challenges. These challenges consist of loose, wrinkled skin on the buttocks and upper thighs, hanging skin on the abdomen, and saggy skin throughout the mid-section. If you are a candidate for this procedure, it is important to have realistic expectations. First, scarring is a part of this surgery due to the large incisions. Second, this procedure does have a lengthy recovery compared to most cosmetic surgeries, so it is important to plan for this if you work or have small children. Finally, it is important that you are at your goal weight, or a healthy weight when considering this surgery.
Plan Your Procedure
This procedure is performed under general anesthesia and most patients do require an overnight stay in the hospital. The surgery time can be quite lengthy, lasting anywhere from 4-7 hours. The incision is typically placed along where a belt would be worn, which is why it is known as a circumferential 360 or in some cases, a beltectomy. Once the incision has been carefully made, liposuction will remove all excess fat and the loose skin deformities will be gently trimmed away. Once the excess fat and loose skin have been removed, the remaining skin will be pulled tight and secured with sutures. Compression garments will be placed over the incision and surgical work to help create a slimming result, as well as to control swelling, bleeding, and bruising.
What to Expect
A lower body lift is considered a major operation. It takes most patients around 2 weeks to resume light activities, and in some cases up to 6 months before a return to more vigorous movements can occur, such as aerobic exercise. We provide very detailed instructions on incision and wound care so that scarring is minimized as much as possible. While the recovery can seem lengthy, the results are life changing, leaving patients with a smoother, tighter body without the hanging, loose skin that prevented them from living a full life. Most of our patients feel it is one of the most worthwhile cosmetic procedures offered today.
Transform Your Figure
Our office employs some of the most compassionate individuals in the aesthetic industry. We welcome all weight loss patients to consult about our skin removal procedures and the options for lower body lift surgery. We take great pride and joy in helping our patients achieve their final goals. If you have excessive skin and hanging folds on the mid to lower portion of your body, you may be a candidate for a lower body lift. Call today for a consultation and allow us to discuss this life changing process with you.