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What is a Lower Body Lift?

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Lower Body Lift is three procedures in the same operative session


The lower body lift is performed on patients who have excess skin around the entire middle area of their body. The most extreme cases are from patients who have undergone massive weight loss. After losing weight, the skin that has been stretched out for many years with excess weight, will generally just hang. The only remedy is to excise and tighten the skin.

However, the body lift is also performed on patients who have some loose skin and just want an overall tightening of their stomach, butt, and want to elongate the profile of their legs.

The lower body lift is three procedures done in one operative session:

  1. Tummy tuck- I do this portion of the procedure using the Lockwood technique
  2. Posterior Butt Lift--Tightens and lifts the buttocks
  3. Outer thigh lift- This will elongate the profile of your legs (grab a section of lose skin at your hips and stand in front of the mirror. Look at how this elongates and slims the look of your legs.)

Please watch my video about the lower body lift procedure. For years, I have been performing all of my body lift procedures under IV sedation instead of general anesthesia. IV sedation provides for a quicker recovery immediately post-op as you will have much less nausea and more energy. I do not use general anesthesia because of the higher risk associated with pulmonary embolism.

Patients usually plan to go back to work in 3-4 weeks.

Ricardo L Rodriguez, MD

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Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
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What Is A Lower Body Lift?

A lower body lift is a combination of an abdominoplasty with a posterior(circumferential)incision. This will tighten your abdomen,buttocks and outer thighs. It is indicated for patients with diffuse truncal skin laxity(after massive weight loss for example) Many times a medial thigh lift is done as well.
Minneapolis Plastic Surgeon
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Lower Body Lift Explanation


A lower body lift generally refers to a procedure known as a belt lipectomy a.k.a. circumferential body lift. These procedures are usually tailored for a patient who has experience significant weight loss. These procedures are designed to recontour the entire waist and lower trunk.

They include 3 procedures:

  1. Tummy Tuck
  2. Waist lift/lateral thigh lift
  3. buttock lift

Many of my female patients who have lost volume in the their buttocks also option for buttock augmentation using their own tissue (auto-augmentation). These procedures are all very powerful. But the basic principle applies - you must accept some degree of scar for better form.

The good news - we strive to hide the scar in your waist/bikini line.

Houston Plastic Surgeon
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What is a lower body lift?


Typical Lower Body Lift Procedures

The lower body lift surgery deals with areas such as your abdomen, thighs, and buttocks.

This procedure is designed to reduce excess hanging skin and fat and to improve your figure and overall shape. 

Lower body lift procedures can include, but are not limited to, an Abdominoplasty, Belt lipectomy/Circumferential body lift,  buttocks and thigh lift.

Procedures may require touch-up operations at a later time due to skin elasticity and varies from patient to patient. In general, most surgical operations will leave long scars. These usually fade to white but may  widen and stay pink for a longer periods of time dependent on your genetics, skin color and location. Scars can sometimes be improved with topical medication or lasers but willnever completely disappear.

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Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Body Lift


A body lift is also referred to as  circumferential body lift = belt lipectomy.  This procedure is essentially 3 procedures in one: extended tummy tuck + waist/lateral thigh lift + buttock lift.  The procedure can taken between 5-7 hours depending on the amount of tissue/skin that needs removal/treatment.  Please see a board certified plastic surgeon to learn more about your options.

Dr. Sugene Kim

Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Lower bodylift


A lower bodylift usually incorporates the following procedures: abdominoplasty with repair of diastasis recti, mons elevation, lateral thigh lift and buttock lift.  Liposuction is performed as an adjunct for removal of residual localized fat deposits.  The possibility of autogenous buttock augmenation can be entertained at the time of lower bodylift.  The procedure can be performed at one time, or staged depending on patient factors and surgical preference. 

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San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Lower body lifting


Thank you for your question.

A lower body lift would include procedures to address the tummy, thighs, and buttocks.  Patients who have lost a significant amount of weight benefit from this procedure as it removes the excess hanging skin.  Depending on the comfort of the surgeon and the health of the patient, the procedures may be broken up in to separate procedures if the surgeon feels that performing them all at once is too much surgery for the patient.

Choose a board certified plastic surgeon who has experience with these procedures.

Best Wishes!

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San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Lower body lift


A lower body lift is basically a tummy tuck combined with a circumferential excision of skin and soft tissue to lift the buttock and hip region as well.

Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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Lower body lift


Lower body lift is a majoroperation that goes to the core of central body re-contouring. Weight loss, genetics and age can loosen the circumferential skin of abdomen, thigh and buttocks. Along with that loosening excess skin can accumulate. Lower body lift will re-contour and remove the excess skin of abdomen, flanks, and lower back. It will bring the loosening of the upper abdomen and back skin down while lifting the thighs, mons and the buttocks. It is one of the most dramatic operations in plastic surgery.

Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Lower Body Lift


A lower body lift is a combination of 4 procedures. A belt or circunferential tummy tuck, buttock lift, outer thigh lift and monsplasty (groin lift). Many patients will also need concomitent liposuction to get optimal results. A lower body lift aims to reduce lower body laxity but it can flatten the buttock area. To enhance buttock projection, some form of buttock augmentation should also be added.

Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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