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.
"My experience at the Prestige Institute for Plastic Surgery was stellar from start to finish. I went to Dr. Tamburrino because he is double-board certified – a HIGHLY trained and experienced plastic surgeon. A very cheerful and informative staff greeted me upon entering. Dr. Tamburrino answered all of my questions and he alleviated my concerns. I really appreciated his honesty. He does not try to oversell on procedures but provides his expert opinion on what he thinks will look amazing and NATURAL! I’ve gone to other plastic surgeons before (because I had breast cancer) however Dr. Tamburrino is truly the best! He is an artist and perfectionist. I am so happy with my results! I cannot recommend anyone higher than Dr. T!"- M.D. / Google / Sep 29, 2019
"My experience at the Prestige Institute for Plastic Surgery was stellar from start to finish. I went to Dr. Tamburrino because he is double-board certified – a HIGHLY trained and experienced plastic surgeon. A very cheerful and informative staff greeted me upon entering. Dr. Tamburrino answered all of my questions and he alleviated my concerns. I really appreciated his honesty. He does not try to oversell on procedures but provides his expert opinion on what he thinks will look amazing and NATURAL! I’ve gone to other plastic surgeons before (because I had breast cancer) however Dr. Tamburrino is truly the best! He is an artist and perfectionist. I am so happy with my results! I cannot recommend anyone higher than Dr. T!"- M.Z. / Google / Sep 21, 2019
"I was extremely nervous before my surgery after all you are altering a part of your body however, Dr.Tamburrino & his staff make you feel right at home. They take the time to listen to what you want out of your experience & definitely make you a priority. They listen to your concerns & answer every single question you have. Dr.Tamburrino & his staff helped me love my body again. I recommend him to as many people as I possibly can! 😊"- K.M. / Google / Aug 31, 2019
"I highly recommend Dr. Joseph Tamburrino and his wonderful staff! I had breast cancer and was devastated at the internet photos of breast reconstruction. I did not want to look like that! When I went to Dr. Tamburrino, he immediately put all my fears to rest. He said no one would be able to tell I had breast surgery, and he is right! After breast reconstruction, I feel like me again! I don’t feel like and look like I have had breast reconstruction. I can’t say enough of Dr. Tamburrino’s wonderful bed side manner. He makes me feel important and cared for. His staff is just as wonderful, and they helped me through a very difficult time of my life."- L.K. / Google / Aug 29, 2019
"I can not say enough about the wonderful care I have received from Dr. Tamburrino. I have a very complicated medical history and was on steroids for 2 years. I developed Breast Cancer and had Bilateral Mastectomies. Dr. Tamburrino expertise cautioned me against Reconstruction until I tapered and was off the steroids. I was extremely disappointed however his opinion to wait was the proper thing to do. It was worth the wait as I go through weekly visits since January to have my expanders develop. His kind, caring, professional manner down right enjoyable. I had not been having trouble with pain until as I draw nearer to the end. I had one week where I was experiencing more pain than usual. As it progressed I called Dr. Tamburrino who saw me in minutes at his office. I fortunately was visiting family in Doylestown because I live two hours away. It was Easter Eve at 10 pm he saw me and relieved my terrible pain. So willing, helpful and kind! He has been the most amazing physician, when dealing with a Cancer diagnosis having him help me through this Reconstruction has been an uplifting experience. Anna his nurse makes you feel like family. She’s been supportive and caring. Kristen his Administrative Assistant is always upbeat and helpful! At the time waiting a year seemed so awful, but Dr.Tamburrino’ s professional opinion was totally in my best interest and I know now that giving me the best care was his goal. Thanks Dr. T, you are the BEST!! Lyn McNair"- L.M. / Google / Aug 29, 2019
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.