Who is a candidate for Lower Body Lift?

  • If you have accumulated skin around your lower body as a result of weight loss.
  • If you have lost the youthful position of your buttocks and thighs.
  • If the excess of skin of your abdominal area goes further towards the back.

Intended results of Lower Body Lift:

  • To get rid of the circumferential excess of skin of the lower abdomen and flanks.
  • To elevate the structures of your thighs, mons (vaginal area) and buttocks.
  • To tighten and re-shape the abdominal wall flanks and the lower back.

Description of Lower Body Lift procedure:

  • Pre-operative analysis allows marking the specific areas that need to be addressed and the position of the incision that needs to be created.
  • Segments of lower abdomen, sides, and back are circumferentially and completely removed. The lower thighs and buttocks are elevated and sutured into a proper position. Occasionally Liposuction or a specialized elevating instrument is used to loosen the skin for maximal lift.
  • The abdominal wall is tightened with specialized sutures.
  • Many layers of deep sutures hold this tremendous lift. Skin is sutured all from within and covered with glue or tape.
  • Two drains and an On-Q pain pump are placed.
  • A special garment is placed.
  • Innovative intra-operative positioning is used to address all dimensions of the lower body.
  • The Bellevue lower body lift operation is done under general anesthesia and is mostly performed as an outpatient procedure.

Recuperation and healing after Lower Body Lift:

  • Discomfort is controlled with a proven regimen of strong analgesics and muscle relaxants. The pain pump helps tremendously.
  • Significant attention needs to be paid to the positioning of the patient after this operation.
  • All sutures are dissolvable.
  • Most patients take 2-3 weeks off work and resume exercise in 6 weeks.
  • The final result is evident in 2-3 months.

Additional options and information on Lower Body Lift procedure:

  • A Lower Body Lift is often the first stage of weight loss body contouring. Occasionally, in smaller individuals, breast procedures are done at the same time. In general, this plastic surgery procedure should be an operation by itself.
  • Liposuction is often an important adjunct to this operation.
  • Different Lower Body Lifts (I, II, or III) are tailored to different sizes and presentations of unique patients.
  • Tissue donation is available for select individuals.
  • The American Society of Plastic Surgeons offers additional information on lower body lift — http://www.plasticsurgery.org.

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