What is a Lower Body Lift?
A lower body lift eliminates excess skin and fat from the abdomen, buttocks, and thighs. Many individuals who have experienced dramatic weight loss or natural aging benefit from this procedure for a better quality of life.
Who is a Good Candidate?
Individuals who have sagging skin on the buttocks, thighs, hips or abdomen due to weight loss or aging can often benefit from a lower body lift. This excess skin can often restrict patients’ mobility or cause painful chafing. Ideal candidates will be at a stable weight, be generally healthy, non-smokers, and have realistic expectations for the outcome of their procedure.
What to Expect
During a lower body lift, an incision is made horizontally above the pubic region around the lower torso. The pattern of the incision will depend on your individual anatomy and the amount of excess skin that needs to be excised. Dr. Howland will take into consideration the size and placement of incisions. Excess skin and fat will be removed from the appropriate areas, and remaining skin will be tightened. Liposuction may be used to further contour the body for a slim silhouette. This procedure is often combined with a tummy tuck for optimal results.
Following lower body lift surgery, patients will need to wear compression garments to minimize swelling. Depending on the extent of your procedure, you may also have drains placed to collect excess fluids. Redness, swelling, and discomfort are to be expected, which can be controlled with pain medication. Patients should expect to take 2-3 weeks off of work to recover. While scarring will be permanent, they will fade and can easily be hidden by clothing.