What is a Lower Body Lift?

What results can I expect from this surgery, and what is recovery like?

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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.

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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.

Lower Body Lift Surgery

A variety of options are currently available for treating excess trunk skin following massive weight loss. The specific procedure chosen is dependent upon the patient's anatomic findings and aesthetic goals. When patients have significant aesthetic trunk deformities, the lower body lift offers tremendous advantages. this procedure removes excess abdominal and back tissue while lifting the buttocks and lateral thighs.

The procedure is a circumferential excision of excess back and abdominal skin. It simultaneously lifts the buttocks and lateral thighs in an upward direction. It not only removes excess skin, but also dramatically improves contour. It's associated with tremendous clinical results and high levels of patient satisfaction.

Following surgery, patients are able to resume normal activities in about two weeks. Strenuous activities and heavy lifting should be avoided for seven to eight weeks following surgery.

If you're considering lower body lift surgery, 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 anatomic deformities and achieves aesthetic goals.

Lower body lift

Thank you for your question. A consultation would help determine which of the following procedures is the right one for you:

1) Traditional tummy tuck: Reduces a great amount of skin laxity, tightens the abdominal wall muscles and keeps the incision hidden in the underwear line.
2) An extended tummy tuck: Same as a tummy tuck, but helps to reduce more skin laxity around the flanks.
3) A corset tummy tuck: Adds a vertical scar and breast fold scar, but reduces a significant amount of vertical skin laxity in addition to the horizontal skin laxity and creates the most hour-glass type figure. Downside is more visible scar
4) A belt lipectomy (or lower body lift) helps lift the outer thighs and buttock in addition to the benefits of an extended tummy tuck.

Options 3 and 4 usually have a significant amount of skin laxity that is being addressed. Liposuction is usually added to all of the procedures to help improve the results. I would recommend visiting with a board certified plastic surgeon who can spend time with you to explain the different options in more detail.

What is a Lower Body Lift?

A lower body lift is an operation that corrects loose and/or hanging skin of the abdomen, hips/flanks, and buttocks.  The scar created extends beyond an abdominoplasty scar and wraps symmetrically around both hips and upper buttocks.  The incisions are sometimes planned to meet each other just above the buttock cleft, making the operation a 360 degree "belt lipectomy".  Of course, these operations are customized to the specific needs of the patient with loose skin.  The skin removal is designed so that the scars are hidden by underwear and swimwear.  A person can usually tell if he/she is a candidate for a lower body lift if the apron of skin in the lower abdomen extends well past the hips or if the buttocks are loose and sagging. 
Although it is very important for a person to begin walking soon after a lower body lift, it may take four to six weeks before that person begins to feel less tired and sore and more mobile.  It may take two to three months before the person starts feeling back to normal.

Paul Fortes, MD
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.

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

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. 

Glynn Bolitho, PhD, MD, FACS
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!

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.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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