Lower Body Lift
Who is a Candidate?
If you have excess body skin (frequently due to significant weight loss or post gastric bypass surgery).
A smoother flatter abdomen and buttock tightening, diminishing thigh cellulite and removal of back rolls or excess back skin.
The Lower Body Lift Procedure
The procedure is performed under general anesthesia either within the hospital or in an outpatient setting.
Although the surgical sequence varies depending on the needs of each patient, we will usually treat the belly first, by removing the excess skin from the belly button down to the pubic area. The abdominal wall muscle, which is deep to the skin and fat of the belly, is then tightened. The fat and skin above the belly button is then stretched down to the pubic area and sutured in place. A new opening is made to allow the belly button to be brought through, in its original position.
The patient is then turned to the side and the excess skin and fat from the side to the mid back is removed. This part of the operation reduces and lifts the outer thighs. As the skin and fat are removed from the back the back rolls are reduced and the buttocks are lifted. Each of these maneuvers is done to a different degree depending on the needs of the patient. Some patients require liposuction of the outer thighs. The same is performed on the other side of the body. A belt lipectomy will usually require between 3.5 to 7 hours to perform.
Recuperation and Healing
The Body Lift can be one of the more uncomfortable plastic surgery procedures and probably requires more time-consuming and limiting recovery.
One to three days of hospitalization or skilled nursing care or assistance at home is usually indicated.
You will be encouraged to be moving and walking regularly within 1–2 days.
Light activity is comfortable in 10–20 days. Sports will not be comfortable for about 6 weeks.
Additional procedures that may enhance the result are Liposuction, Breast Procedures, Upper Arm Lift or Thigh Lift.
Please call La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery Centre, San Diego at (858) 452-1981 for more information on our cosmetic surgery procedures, including body lift plastic surgery in San Diego.
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The specific risks and the suitability of this procedure for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are unusual. The information on this website is not a substitute for a consultation. Call us at (858) 452-1981 or contact us online to schedule your complimentary personal consultation with one of our San Diego plastic surgeons.