Lower Body Lift
A lower body lift is a surgical procedure that improves the appearance of an individual’s mid and lower body by removing excess skin and fat from the buttocks, outer thighs, hips, and abdomen. Unwanted fat and skin is removed by placing an incision around the entire lower body, in a circumferential fashion. Once the fat and skin is removed, the individual’s stomach muscles will be tightened, and the incision will be closed to tightly contour the body. The lower body lift procedure normally includes components such as a buttock lift, a thigh lift, and an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck). The procedure can also be completed in one surgical session or multiple stages.
Understanding the Procedure
An apron of excess fat and skin will be first removed by your surgeon, who will create a circumferential incision that extends around your torso. Next, your surgeon will reposition and tighten your tissues, pull the remaining skin in your thighs and buttocks upwards, and tighten and suspend underlying tissues. You may be positioned on your side or tummy during this stage of the procedure.
After your sides and back have been addressed, your surgeon will position you on your back to proceed with treating your front side. At this juncture, your surgeon may combine the lower body lift with an inner thigh lift or combine the current procedure with abdominal contouring. The former option is performed when you have already had a tummy tuck or your abdomen does not require contouring.
Oftentimes, patients’ incisions will be closed in several layers over drains to control swelling and stretching. Deep support sutures are also placed within the underlying tissues to help form newly shaped contours. Aside from just using sutures, tapes and skin adhesives are also used during the incision closing process.
What are the Benefits of Lower Body Lift?
- Gives you a new body profile
- Improves mobility that was previously hindered by large skin folds
- Able to remove excess, hanging skin after tremendous weight loss
- Provides a more streamlined body contour that helps clothing fit better
- Skin irritation and rashes (caused by skin folds rubbing together) will no longer be a problem
This site was really helpful for me while I was trying to decide if I wanted to have liposuction, so I wanted to post my experience in hopes that it would help someone else trying to make the decision for themselves.I am about 5’7 and my weight fluctuates between 140-145 pounds. I am very active and work out 4 times a week on average. That being said, I have been “fighting” with my outer thighs my entire life. I have tried a million different diets, and every kind of workout, and nothing has really helped. To put it in perspective, I have a size 2 waist and size 6 thighs. I am a curvy woman, and had no desire to change that, but just wanted my upper and lower body to be more proportionate.
So, for my 30th birthday, I decided to have liposuction on my outer thighs. The doctor I chose, Dr. Scott Newman, suggested that I do my inner and outer thighs, my banana roll, and my inner knee, so I went ahead with all 4 areas. I am writing a separate (great) review of him and his staff on the doctors review page.
I had my surgery yesterday, so this post describes my experience thus far. He made a total of 6 incisions, 1 in my groin, 1 under my butt, and 1 on the back of my knee on each leg. The surgery only took about 90 minutes. I was under general anesthesia, so I went to sleep and woke up when it was over. So far the recovery has been pretty easy, and I have only needed to take tylenol and not the vicodin they prescribed me. I was able to shower today and remove the compression garment I woke up in. I was pleasantly surprised! I am definitely swollen and a little bruised, but it’s not bad at all. I can already tell that it has maade a huge difference. I will be posting as my recovery goes on, but so far so good…very good.
I purchased a bottle of Arnicka from my doctor to help with the swelling and bruising because I tend to bruise pretty easily. It seems tohave worked for me and I would highly recommend it. I am barely bruised and not that swollen. I can’t guarantee that it’s due to the Arnicka, but I can’t say that it’s not, either.
The only negative part of this experience was that they never mentioned that they would be inserting a catheter during the surgery. I would have liked to have been forewarned that a side of effect of that can be the inability to urinate for a few hours after the procedure. It took about 6 hours or so before I was able to go, and it made me really nervous and worried because it was unexpected and I didn’t know why I couldn’t go. Other than that, everything went really well and has been great so far. I can’t wait for the swelling and bruising to go away and to see even better results.
For me, this decision, and the experience thus far has been totally worth it!
Are You a Suitable Candidate for a Lower Body Lift?
You are a suitable candidate for the lower body lift procedure if you have significant skin laxity, abdominal wall laxity, or ptosis of the buttocks. You may also opt for the procedure if your pregnancy or age has left you with cellulite and loose skin below the waistline. Individuals, who have undergone significant weight loss through dieting or bariatric surgery, will also benefit from lower body lifts.
Featured in the Media
Expertise and innovation attract attention. Dr. Newman has performed thousands of cosmetic breast, body, face, and skin procedures over his decades in practice. He has earned awards from The Aesthetic Society® (ASAPS) for his innovative techniques and has spoken about emerging technologies to respected colleagues at national meetings. Both the New York and national media trust Dr. Newman for his specialized expertise in both surgical and nonsurgical aesthetics.
Is Body Lift a Painful Procedure and Where Will the Incisions Be Made
You may experience some discomfort after the lower body lift procedure. Your doctor will prescribe medication to help keep the pain manageable. For the incisions, they are located above the buttocks and lower abdomen. In some cases, a scar may be unavoidable, however rest assured that your doctor will try his very best to make the scar less conspicuous.
Ready to Schedule Your Lower Body Lift Consultation in New York?
If you wish to get started in dealing with loose thigh, abdominal, lower body, and tummy skin, and correct sagging buttock shape and volume problems, don’t hesitate to contact our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Scott Newman, to schedule an initial lower body lift consultation.
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Dr. Scott Newman
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Scott Newman is a nationally recognized specialist in breast and body surgery. His refined expertise extends to reconstructive and facial plastic surgery, as well as nonsurgical aesthetics. The innovator of the technology that became VECTRA® 3-D imaging, Dr. Newman is always looking for ways to improve his patients’ safety, comfort, and results. This drive has made Newman Plastic Surgery one of the most technologically advanced practices in the country.Meet Dr. Newman Request Your Consultation