If you’re considering a lower body lift, it’s likely because you want to improve the appearance of your thighs, buttocks, hips, or stomach. This surgical procedure can help improve the contours of these areas and get rid of excess skin and stubborn fat, but it can be helpful to know what to expect before you undergo surgery. In this blog post, we’ll outline the steps of a lower body lift and what you can expect from Dr. Howland.

1. Anesthesia

When you arrive at the surgical facility, you’ll be given a general anesthetic. This ensures that you remain asleep and pain-free during the procedure. Performing a lower body lift surgery under general anesthesia allows your plastic surgeon to work more quickly and efficiently. It also allows you to not worry about being uncomfortable or nervous during surgery.

2. Incisions

The next step is to make incisions. The length and placement of your incisions will depend on the amount of skin and fat that needs to be removed. Your plastic surgeon will make sure that the incisions are placed in areas that can be easily hidden by clothing. For instance, when conducting a complete lower body lift, your plastic surgeon will make bikini pattern incisions to tighten the buttocks, thighs, waist, groin, and abdomen in one procedure. The around-the-body incisions do away with excess fat and skin, which repositions and tightens the abdominal muscles and the skin around the navel.

3. Closing incisions

Once all of the excess fat, skin, and tissue have been removed, your plastic surgeon will close the incisions with stitches or staples. The type of closure will depend on the size and location of the incisions. Your plastic surgeon will also place drains near the incisions. Drains are small tubes that help collect excess fluid from the surgical site. You’ll be provided with instructions on how to empty them and track their volume.

4. Recovery

After surgery, you’ll be taken to a recovery room where you’ll stay for a few hours. After this, it’s essential to follow all of the instructions provided by your plastic surgeon. These instructions may include wearing a compression garment, avoiding strenuous activity, and attending follow-up appointments. It’s also essential to keep the incisions clean and dry. Recovery times vary from patient to patient, but most people take approximately two weeks before they feel well enough to return to normal activities.

5. Results

In many cases, patients can see results immediately after surgery. However, the final look of your body will not be visible for weeks or even months as healing continues. In some cases, it might take up to a year before all minor swelling subsides, and you achieve your final results. Your plastic surgeon can give you the best idea of when you can expect to see final results.

Schedule a Consultation

Overall, lower body lift surgery can help improve the appearance of your thighs, buttocks, and abdomen. Following these steps before, during, and after surgery can ensure a smooth recovery and achieve your desired results. Book an appointment with Dr. Howland of Howland Plastic Surgery in Draper UT by calling or filling out our online form.