Have you been struggling with excess, sagging skin on your lower body that won’t budge no matter how much you diet and exercise? Many individuals who are dealing with the results of major weight loss, pregnancy-related changes, or natural aging, struggle with excess skin on the lower half of their body. So, what can be done?
To address this concern, you may consider undergoing a lower body lift procedure. Lower body lift surgery, also known as a belt lipectomy, offers a transformative solution, providing individuals with the opportunity to achieve a sculpted, more proportionate lower body contour. The procedure includes a tummy tuck with a 360° scar to lift the buttocks, lateral thigh, and hip area to create a smoother, firmer, and more youthful appearance.
There are several benefits of a lower body lift:
- Removal of excess skin. Lower body lift surgery effectively removes excess skin, which is often a common concern for individuals who have lost a significant amount of weight. This can help eliminate discomfort, irritation, and hygiene issues caused by excess skin folds.
- Improved body contour. The procedure can restore a more contoured and proportionate lower body shape, enhancing the overall appearance. By addressing sagging skin and stubborn fat deposits, lower body lift surgery creates a smoother and more toned silhouette.
- Enhanced self-confidence. Excess skin and sagging tissue can have a significant impact on one’s self-esteem. Lower body lift surgery helps individuals regain confidence by providing them with a more youthful, rejuvenated appearance that aligns with their desired body image.
Leading up to your procedure, we recommend that you stop smoking at least 6 weeks before your surgery date. Based on your specific needs, your plastic surgeon may suggest that you get lab testing or a medical evaluation from a physician. Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding. Finally, you’ll want to review the pre-op instructions provided by your plastic surgeon. Following these steps will help to alleviate unnecessary stress on your procedure day.
Day of Surgery
Lower body lift surgery is completed under general anesthesia and can be completed as an outpatient procedure. You should not eat or drink anything on the day of your surgery. Be sure to arrange a ride home after your procedure. You will also need someone to stay with you for the first 24 hours after surgery.
Recovery following lower body lift surgery is patient dependent, but is typically about six weeks. You will receive post-op care instructions from your plastic surgeon at your pre-op appointment to help ease your recovery. Keep these instructions close during recovery for quick reference. Expect to wear compression garments for at least six weeks after your procedure. It’s essential to follow post-operative instructions diligently and attend all follow-up appointments for proper monitoring and care.
The results of a lower body lift surgery may take several weeks or months to fully manifest as the body heals and adjusts. However, patients can expect a significant improvement in their lower body contour, with a smoother, firmer appearance that complements their overall physique.
Lower body lift surgery is a transformative procedure that can help individuals achieve a beautiful, well-toned lower body contour. It’s important to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon who can assess your specific needs and provide personalized recommendations.
If you are considering a lower body lift and have additional questions, we invite you to call our office at 618-288-7855 or fill out an online contact form to learn more. Dr. Ryan Diederich, founder of MidAmerica Plastic Surgery, is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 15 years of experience in plastic and cosmetic surgery.