Weight fluctuations, aging, and other factors can cause the body to develop excess skin and fat. Some changes we would like to make to the body are nearly impossible without surgery; even traditional weight-loss methods may prove insufficient for improving certain aesthetics of the body. Patients who are concerned about the silhouette of their body and would like a dramatic change may be candidates for a lower body lift. A lower body lift is a comprehensive treatment that includes several procedures performed during one operation to create a more slender and toned body.
The Benefits of a Lower Body Lift
- Eliminates unwanted fat
- Removes excess skin
- Tightens the body contours
Lower Body Lift
A Slimmer Waistline
A lower body lift concentrates on slimming and tightening the lower areas of the body, including the midsection, thighs, and buttocks. Incisions are made discreetly along the abdomen, hips, and thighs. Excess skin and fat are trimmed away, core muscles are tightened, and the remaining skin is redraped over the newly defined contours. Patients will notice their slimmer waistline and better-sculpted torso.
When someone loses an excessive amount of weight, they may be proud of their accomplishment; however, they may look down at their body and see that they have lost girth but are left with excess sagging skin. Patients who undergo body lift surgery will notice that getting rid of excess skin and fat provides more harmony among their other features. Liposuction can also be used to sculpt and even out the body contours. Patients will be happy with their slimmer body that appears more defined with more attractive curves.
Many patients find that excess skin throughout the body can be uncomfortable, particularly loose skin between the legs and thighs. The constant friction of the skin rubbing against the body can eventually lead to painful irritation and chafing. Once the skin is removed and tightened, patients can alleviate the pain and comfortably move around and participate in activities without pain or agitation.
When loose, drooping skin is present along the body, people may feel insecure about how they look underneath clothing or exposed, even when they are at their goal weight. They may be embarrassed to show off their body because it looks lax and unflattering. After body lift surgery, patients can confidently show off their newly shaped contours in clothing that they had typically avoided wearing before.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Individuals who are in good health but are unhappy with areas of loose, sagging skin or excess fat may be ideal candidates for a lower body lift. All patients should be at a healthy weight, not smoke, and have realistic expectations. Women who are interested in the procedure should lose all of their baby weight and not plan on having any more children. During your consultation, you will discuss your medical history and goals, and we will help you determine if lower body lift surgery is right for you.
To ensure patient comfort and safety, lower body lift surgery is performed using general anesthesia.
A lower body lift involves a combination of procedures designed to lift and reshape the body contours. Your lower body lift may involve one or more of the following procedures:
- Thigh lift surgery
- Tummy tuck surgery
- Buttock lift surgery
Many patients will feel some minor pain and soreness. Oral pain medication can be prescribed to manage any discomfort. Soreness at the surgical sites should diminish within the first week. The extent of recovery will depend on the technique(s) employed. Patients will receive detailed postsurgical instructions to ensure a safe and speedy recovery process.
Typically, normal activities can be resumed in six weeks, while strenuous activities should be avoided for eight weeks.
The cost of a lower body lift will depend on the techniques employed and procedures performed. At PREMIERE Center, we will provide you with a customized quote during your initial consultation.
Lower body lift surgery will entail some scarring; however, it will become less noticeable over time depending on a patient’s level of healing.
Many patients who have excess hanging skin in the lower body also have issues with the upper body. To achieve an overall body makeover, patients can also undergo upper body lift procedures such as breast lift surgery and arm lift surgery. Additionally, breast augmentation can be combined with a breast lift to reshape and add volume to the breasts. Liposuction can be performed throughout the body to target individual pockets of fat.