Lower Body Lift or a Combination of Other Surgery and Treatments?

I’ve had two babies and have had weight fluctuations. For years now, I’ve been eating very healthy, and exercising almost daily, but this is as good as it’s gotten...

The things I hope to accomplish:

• Removal of "saddle bags" and extra fat in abdomen, waist, lower buttocks, hips, and thighs all around.
• Skin tightening in all of these areas resulting in far less cellulite.
• Butt lift with added fullness.
• Tightening of the abdominal muscles resulting in a flatter stomach.

Given this information and the photo (pardon the cutout), which would you suggest?

Thank you so much!


Doctor Answers 16

I would suggest...

Dear Mysty:

Congratulations on what you have achieved!

To address your saddlebags, lower buttocks, hips, and thighs, I would suggest liposuction.  This can be done under general anesthesia and can all be done at the same time.  I would then use this fat that had been aspirated from these areas, purify it, and transfer it to the buttock.  This would result in a buttock augmentation using your own fat.

At a separate procedure, I would suggest an abdominoplasty.  Liposuction alone of your abdomen would not result in optimal results and you would be left with a significant amount of excess skin of your abdomen.  I believe the best treatment for your abdomen would be an abdominoplasty and this would certainly allow for tightening of the abdominal muscles from the sternum to the pubic region.  Ideally, your result would be a flat stomach with tighter abdominal muscles.

I would perform the liposuction with the fat transfer first and then the abdominoplasty secondarily.  You would probably need one month between the procedures.  Compression garments would be important for optimal results in contouring. I suggest you take two weeks off from work after your first and second surgeries.


Dr.J. Timothy Katzen, M.D.

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 206 reviews

Massive Weight Loss Surgery Options

It's difficult to make a treatment recommendation without additional information. Additional pictures and a physical examination would be extremely helpful. Based on the available information, a lower body lift augmented with liposuction of the inner and outer thighs might accomplish most of your aesthetic goals.

This procedure would remove excess abdominal and back skin while simultaneously elevating the buttocks in an upward direction. This procedure would also tighten the abdominal muscles. Liposuction would remove excess fat of the hips, thighs and saddle bags.

If you're considering this type of procedure, it's important to consult a board certified plastic surgeon with experience in this area. This surgeon should be able to formulate a treatment plan that addresses your anatomic deformity and addresses your aesthetic goals.

Richard J. Bruneteau, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 194 reviews

Mommy Makeover/BBL

A complete exam is needed and only one photo view is difficult to give you the best opinion. From this limited information and your wish list you most likely would be a good candidate for a  tummy tuck, liposuction of your tummy, hips, thighs and lower back, tightening up your abdominal muscles (rectus repair), and using purified fat for a Brazilian Butt Lift. See a board certified qualified plastic surgeon  for a consultation to be sure.

Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 157 reviews

Abdomen buttocks

After reviewing your pictures I recommend liposuccion. In the Body Lift surgery we removed sin and fat but in your case liposuccion will be recommended since the excess of skin in not a major condition

Alejandro J. Quiroz, MD, FACS
Mexico Plastic Surgeon
4.3 out of 5 stars 118 reviews

What is a lower body lift?

If you have excess skin and fat around your waist, you may want to consider a lower body lift.  This procedure 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 buttock lift can also include buttock augmentation.  The lateral thigh lift will help contour the lateral aspect of your thighs.  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

Sugene Kim, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 76 reviews

Body procedures

It is difficult to say what would be best for you wthout an exam and more photos.  Cellulite often does not change with these procedures and if liposuction is performed it actually can get worse.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

Lower Body Lift

Difficult to say without seeing your back pictures.  From your description, I would consider doing a high-definition lower body lift on you.  This procedure involves: a tummy tuck, outer thigh lift, buttock lift, mons lift, buttock augmentation with your own tissue, liposuction as needed, and elevation of the thigh in front.  You can also add a spirla thigh lift to this for a complete lower body correction.  See my link below for before and after photos.

Siamak Agha, MD, PhD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 106 reviews

Start with a lower body lift


You look like you would probably best be served by a lower body lift. These can be performed as one operation or as two (extended tummy tuck followed by a buttock lift months later). There are benefits and risks in doing them each way of course.

John P. Di Saia, MD
Orange Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 27 reviews

Lower Body Lift

The picture you provided show very good abdominal skin. But one need to evaluate it more appropriately by a physical exam of the skin, fat and muscle condition and decide what is best for you. possibly a full abdominoplasty and some liposuction. Or, a LIPOABDOMINOPLASTY?

The thighs are your problem, there is a lot of fat and a lot of skin problems. Thighs will need liposuction and a lift procedure

The buttocks if they need volume then the fat removed fro where it is abundant can be transfered to the butoocks.

The timing of each or the combination of these procedures has to be timed to give you the optimum results.

Samir Shureih, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

Consult a qualified surgeon

Lower body lift procedures provide some of the most dramatic changes for massive weight loss patients. It is difficult to make suggestions without seeing addition photo views but my first impressions of your situation are as follows. You don't appear to have the degree of skin laxity typically seen in most lower body lift patients. Depending upon what you examination demonstrates, I suspect that an abdominoplasty could be combined with liposuction of the thighs.

Fat obtained from the thighs could be used to augment the buttocks providing better fullness and some degree of lift while avoiding significant visible incisions. I would suggest that you consult a plastic surgeon experienced with these procedures. Try not to go to your consultation with a preconceived plan of what is best. Remain open to suggestions and consider all recommendations. Decide what plan is best for your individual situation. Remember that plastic surgery is as much art as science.

Mitchel Krieger, MD
Fairfax Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 2 reviews

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