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.
Take the first step towards a more confident you with a lower body lift! Contact our Salt Lake City office today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Howland.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I prepare for a lower body lift?
Before undergoing a lower body lift, you will want to review any medications or supplements that you are taking with your physician. About one week before surgery, fill any prescriptions and purchase any necessary compression garments or ointments to that you are prepared. Also, arrange for transportation to and from the surgical facility.
What can I expect after a lower body lift?
Following your lower body lift, it is important to follow the instructions provided by your doctor in order to heal properly. Be sure to take all medication as prescribed, and change your incision dressings as needed. You may also need to wear compression wraps for a while.
How long does a lower body lift last?
With the proper aftercare and a healthy lifestyle, lower body lift results can last for many years or even decades. However, the natural aging process will still continue to occur.
How long are you swollen after lower body lift?
Moderate swelling is to be expected, which can last from 6 to 9 weeks.
What is the cost of a lower body lift?
On average, the cost of a lower body lift is around $7,924. However, pricing may differ depending on a variety of factors. Please contact our office today to learn more regarding pricing.
When can I start exercising after a lower body lift?
Most patients can resume exercise after six weeks.
Does a lower body lift include inner thighs?
A lower body lift includes an abdominoplasty, a lateral thigh lift, and a buttock lift. This does not include a procedure to address the inner thighs.
Who is a candidate for a lower body lift?
Healthy individuals with excess, lax skin along their lower abdomen, thighs, and buttocks are often good candidates for a lower body lift. A consultation is the best way to determine if this treatment is right for you.
Is a lower body lift covered by Insurance?
The majority of insurance providers will not cover a lower body lift. However, if you are undergoing this procedure after massive weight loss or post-bariatric surgery, your procedure may be covered. Reach out to your insurance provider to learn more.
When can I go back to work after a lower body lift?
You should plan to take at least two weeks of dedicated downtime after your procedure. If you work a more labor-intensive job, you may need to give yourself 3-4 weeks of recovery before returning to work.
Can I sit after a lower body lift?
Youll be able to sit normally after a lower body lift.