Lower Body Lift Surgery

Medically known as belt lipectomy, lower body lift is one of the emerging and commonly performed cosmetic surgery procedures. Natural process of ageing, weight fluctuation and significant weight loss causes sagging skin in the parts beneath the waistline. The main purpose of the lower body lift procedure is to tighten and sculpt the inner thighs, buttocks, outer thighs, abdomen, the back of the thighs, and the hips. Loose skin that causes mobility restrictions or loos aesthetically displeasing is removed during the surgery. A lower body lift procedure is an ideal solution for you if you are close to your body’s ideal weight and might follow after an upper body lift. Thousands of people undergo this procedure to achieve better proportionate figure.

When can you consider a lower body lift surgery?

  • • If you are distressed and worried about sagging skin in the lower body part
  • • If you have had significant weight loss due to dieting or bariatric surgery
  • • If overhanging skin in your lower body part restricts mobility or/ and causes infection, rashes and painful chafing
  • • If you have thin layers of fat deposits beneath the skin in the buttock, abdomen, thigh and hips areas.

Who is the right candidate for a lower body lift procedure?

If you have struggles to achieve weight close to your body’s ideal weight or have undergone bariatric procedure, chances are that you still might feel distressed by your overall look if you have deposits of excess skin around lower abdomen, wrinkles and loose along the buttocks and the thighs, and relaxed abdominal walls. This cosmetic surgery procedure leaves a circumferential scar hidden in the bikini line, can greatly enhance the appearance of sagging skin or/ and cellulite beneath the waistline. Here are some of the most common reasons why you might want to consider belt lipectomy.

  • • The layers of fat below loose skin are much thin.
  • • You have reduce a lot of weight or undergone bariatric surgery
  • • You have excess skin, skin laxity, abdominal wall laxity and sagginess or ptosis of the buttocks.
  • • Natural process of ageing or life changing events such as pregnancy have left you with cellulite and loose skin below the waistline.
  • • You have no problem with a thin circumferential scar around the waist
  • • You have loose skin on the fronts and the sides of thighs, your abdomen, your hips, and your inner thighs.
  • • Your weight loss has been stable for more than a year now, and you expect no weight loss further. For achieving the best results, body contouring procedure such as lower body lift should not be performed for at least two years after starting significant weight loss program. During this time, your skin shrinks as much as possible, and your nutrition be optimized and stabilized , factors that will help in recovery process.
  • • You are not a smoker. It is important to know that smoking slows down the healing process and increases the chances of serious complications both during and after the surgery. If you smoke, make sure you quit smoking at least two months prior the surgery.
  • • You take healthy food. Problems like protein deficiencies can interfere with the healing process.
  • • You are in good physical health without any kind of chronic medical conditions such as heart disease or diabetes. Those who are not in good health are not the right candidate for this procedure. you should get a clearance for plastic surgery procedure from your healthcare provider or from physician treating you for medical conditions.
  • • You are mentally strong. Surgical contouring procedures require endurance and patience.

If you are in overall good health and have realistic expectations and a positive attitude, you are the right candidate for this surgical procedure.

Detailed information regarding the procedure

How is a lower body lift surgery done?

There are several advantages that come with complete lower body lift surgery. It treats the thighs, buttocks, waist, abdomen and hips in one procedure. basically, this procedure extends the tummy tuck incision completely around the lower torso part that lets the plastic surgeon to resuspend or lift the thighs and tighten the buttocks and execute the conventional abdominoplasty. The pattern and the length of incisions depend on how much extra skin is removed and where the skin is located. your plastic surgeon would try his best to take your incision preferences while performing the surgery. Here is a common scenario for performing this surgery, though your surgeon might use a variation:

  • • The plastic surgeon will make a circumferential incision that extends around the torso, through which she or he would remove an apron of excess fat and skin beneath the incision and reposition as well as tighten the tissues.
  • • The leftover skin in your thighs and buttocks would be pulled upward and your underlying tissues and skin will be suspended and tightened. You will be positioned on your side or tummy during the lower body lift procedure.
  • • Once your sides and back have been treated, you will be positioned on your back for treating the front side.
  • • At this point, there are two options available that would be discussed before the surgery. While one option is to combine the lower body lift surgery with abdominoplasty, otherwise called tummy tuck, the other available option is to get lower body lift done with inner thigh lift, in case your tummy does not need contouring or if you have had already undergone tummy tuck.
  • • The incisions made will be closed in multiple layers over drains for controlling swelling and stretching. Deep support sutures within the underlying tissues help in the formation of the newly shaped contours. Tapes, sutures or skin adhesives are used for closing skin incisions.

What are the options?

Inner thigh lift or tummy tuck

You can consider combining lower body lift with tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty or get it done in conjunction with an inner thigh lift if your tummy does not need contouring or if you have had already undergone tummy tuck.

Liposuction performed in conjunction with lower body lift

You might benefit along with a lower body lift for achieving the best results. Liposuction can contour and smooth parts separate from the effects of the body lift excisions. A thorough examination and discussion are important for determining a comprehensive surgical plan.

Liposuction or further weight loss

Because the lower body lift, also known as belt lipectomy, is lifted and suspended to the skin closure, excessive heaviness in the buttocks and thighs at the time of procedure might prevent a long-term effect. In cases like this, the plastic surgeon might recommend further weight loss prior undergoing a lower body lift. If this is not possible, you might undergo liposuction to thin the buttocks and thighs prior undergoing excisional body lifting.

Scar placement

The scar consequential to the lower body lift that extended around the circumference of your torso is performed in such a way that scar remain hidden in your bikini or underwear. Your plastic surgeon might place it lower or higher based on your preference.

How will the lower body lift scars and incisions be like?

The incisions used for lower body lift leads to permanent and noticeable scar around the entire lower trunk. The scar is placed low of the tummy, right above the pubic hair part, and extends towards the hip bones. At the hip bone, the scar gently curves towards the buttock crease to meet the incision from the other side. The placement of scar is determined by how you prefer wearing clothing and your scar would be easily hidden by the preference of your clothes.

How long the results of the procedure would last?

As far as lift effect consequential to lower body lift is considered, it is permanent. The contouring achieved by removing excess fat and skin is permanent. The advancement, undermining and tightening of the skin of the buttocks and thighs is also permanent. Naturally, there would be some relaxation of the skin after the procedure and the connective tissues and skin will sag and loosen as you age. Maintain healthy lifestyle as it will help in promoting long-lasting effects.

Maintain a relationship with your plastic surgeon

If you want to achieve beautiful results, and for safety reason too, it is very important to return to the office of the plastic surgeon as and when scheduled. During follow-up evaluation, the surgeon will assess the patient. Also, visit the surgeon if you notice any changes in your body. Adhere to the instructions given by the plastic surgeon for faster and better healing.

Costs associated with the procedure

When it comes to the costs associated with the lower body lift, it varies from one plastic surgeon to the other. Factors like the experience and expertise of the surgeon, fee of the anaesthesiologist, facility where the surgery will be performed, and expenses after the surgery would determine the overall cost of the surgery. You will be informed about the cost during initial consultation. Make sure you discuss all these factors before making any decision.

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