what is a Lower Body Lift?
A lower body lift is a contouring procedure that eliminates loose skin and fat to reshape and tighten certain parts of the body that have been altered by pregnancy and weight loss. This surgery targets the mid and lower body, including the abdomen, buttocks, flanks, low back, and upper thighs. Depending on the amount of skin removed, an incision all the way around the waist may be created, which permits the greatest amount of lift and skin excision. This is a major surgery and can reshape a patient’s lower half of the body. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joseph Tamburrino has special training in skin removal surgeries. For ideal candidates, a lower body lift surgery at Prestige Institute for Plastic Surgery in Doylestown, PA helps people to not only achieve their weight goals but also finalize their transformation by producing a slimmer, tighter body that looks healthy and stunning.
who gets a lower body lift?
The best candidates for this surgery are typically those who have lost a large amount of weight and are battling new challenges with excess, hanging skin, which can develop on the buttocks and upper thighs, abdomen, and across the mid-section. For those who are a candidate for a belt lipectomy, it's important to have expectations that are realistic. During your consultation with Dr. Tamburrino, he will describe the ways this surgery can help you, the effects it can have on your frame, and what you can expect post-op. Scars will result because of the large incisions created to excise the unwanted skin. This procedure also requires a lengthy recovery when compared to many other cosmetic surgeries so it's important to prepare if you work or have small children. It's critical that you are at a stable weight before undergoing lower body lift surgery.
how is a lower body lift done?
This procedure is done with the patient under general anesthesia and often requires an overnight stay at the hospital. The surgery may be lengthy, lasting around 4 – 7 hours. The surgical incision is commonly placed along the area where a belt would be worn, which is why it is also known as a circumferential 360 lift or beltectomy. After the incision is carefully made by Dr. Tamburrino, liposuction will treat areas of excess fat and the loose skin will be excised. After this, the remaining skin will be stretched taut and attached with sutures. Compression garments may be placed over the incisions to help create a slimming result, as well as to minimize swelling, bruising, and bleeding.
What to Expect
Lower body lifts are considered a highly advanced surgery. It takes many patients about two weeks to return to basic activities. In some cases, it can take up to six months before women and men can get back to more strenuous movements, including aerobic exercise. Dr. Tamburrino or a member of his staff will discuss clear instructions and provide you with information on wound care so that your scars blend evenly with your skin. While the recovery period may seem long, the results can be extraordinary, leaving patients with a smoother, tighter body without the loose, hanging tissue that prevents them from experiencing a full life. Many patients who receive a belt lipectomy believe it to be one of the most worthwhile elective procedures that can produce life-changing results.
lower body lift surgery faqs
Will I have visible scarring?
There are several factors that will contribute to how many scars you have and their visibility after a lower body lift. Dr. Tamburrino plans incision patterns so they can be easily concealed by undergarments or in less visible areas, like the natural skin folds. Dr. Tamburrino or someone on his team will provide you with post-surgery instructions, which will help your incisions heal properly so the scars are flat, and in time, blend into your skin.
What can I expect during recovery?
After your lower body lift surgery, you might have moderate bruising and inflammation in and around the treatment areas. Appointments for follow-up exams will be necessary so Dr. Tamburrino can track your healing. It's important to contact our office if you notice any symptoms of an infection or you have any questions.
When should I consider getting a lower body lift?
If you are considering a surgical lift on your lower half, schedule a consultation with Dr. Tamburrino to learn more about the process and the right time for you to schedule surgery. You need to be at or close to a healthy, stable weight since losing or gaining a lot of weight after a lift can impact your results. Prior to surgery, Dr. Tamburrino will also complete a physical examination to ensure that you're healthy enough to undergo the procedure.
Will I have to stay overnight in the hospital?
Most often, Dr. Tamburrino requires his patients to stay at least one night in a hospital or medical facility following lower body lift surgery. This inpatient stay is to ensure your comfort and safety as your health is monitored and your pain controlled. Depending on how many areas are being treated and your recovery speed, Dr. Tamburrino may recommend you stay two or more nights. In your initial consultation, Dr. Tamburrino will discuss where you can stay and how long he estimates you will be there.
Transform Your Figure
Prestige Institute for Plastic Surgery is proud to employ a skilled team of medical professionals who are eager to help weight loss patients achieve their final results. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Tamburrino looks forward to speaking with men and women to discuss their options for lower body lift surgery. If you have extra skin and sagging folds on the middle and lower portion of your body, you could be a candidate for a lower body lift. When sagging skin is preventing you from enjoying your best life, we encourage you to contact our Doylestown, PA office.