About Lower Body Lift Surgery
A surgical lower body lift is a body contouring procedure that removes loose skin and fat to reshape and lift specific sections of the body altered by pregnancy and weight loss. This surgery concentrates on the middle and lower body, including the abdomen, buttocks, lower back, flanks, and upper thighs. Based on the amount of skin removed, a circumferential 360 incision may be made, which permits the greatest amount of skin excision and lift. Ellsworth Plastic Surgery offers this major procedure and can help reshape a patient’s lower body. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Warren Ellsworth IV has specific training with skin removal surgeries. In many cases, this surgery allows patients to not only reach their weight loss goals in Houston, TX but to finish their total transformation with a taut figure that looks normal and healthy.
Ideal candidates for this surgery are typically ones who have lost a large amount of weight and are confronted with different challenges. These challenges include loose, wrinkled skin on the buttocks and upper thighs, hanging skin on the abdomen, plus saggy skin throughout the core. If you are a candidate for this procedure, it is necessary to have expectations that are realistic, which can be discussed with Dr. Ellsworth during your consultation. First, scarring is a part of this surgery due to the large incisions. Second, this procedure does require a lengthy recovery compared to other cosmetic surgeries so it is important to plan if you work or have small children. Finally, it is critical that you are at a healthy weight when considering this surgery.
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This procedure is completed under general anesthesia, and many patients will be required to have an overnight stay under supervised care. The time of the surgery can be lengthy, lasting around 4 – 7 hours. The incision is usually placed along where a belt would be worn, which is why it is also known as a beltectomy or circumferential 360 lift. Once the incision has been carefully made by Dr. Ellsworth, lipo will eliminate any excess fat and hanging skin will be excised. Then, the remaining skin will be pulled tight and secured with surgical sutures. Compression garments will be placed over the treated area to help create a slimmer appearance, as well as to control swelling, bleeding, and bruising.
What to Expect
A lower body lift is considered major surgery. It takes most patients about two weeks to resume light activities and in some cases, up to six months before getting back to more strenuous movements, such as aerobic exercise. Dr. Ellsworth or a member of his staff will go over post-recovery instructions and information on wound care so that scarring is faded for best results. While the recovery can seem lengthy, the results are extraordinary, leaving patients with a smoother, tighter body without the hanging, loose skin that holds them back from enjoying a full life. Most patients feel it is one of the most life-changing aesthetic procedures offered today.
Lower Body Lift FAQ
How much does a lower body lift cost?
Costs for lower body lift surgery will vary for each patient. During your initial consultation, Dr. Ellsworth will be able to discuss a surgical plan that can fit your goals. Ellsworth Plastic Surgery accepts several payment methods and low-interest financing to make your surgical lift as easy to afford as possible.
Will I have visible scarring?
Several factors can determine how many scars you have and their visibility after a lower body lift. Dr. Ellsworth plans incisions so they're either easily concealed in less visible areas like in natural skin folds or where they will be covered by undergarments. Dr. Ellsworth or a member of his staff will give you aftercare instructions, which will help your sutures heal correctly — so the scars are flat and eventually blend with your skin.
What can I expect during recovery?
After your lower body lift procedure, you will likely have some swelling and bruising in and around the treated areas. Follow-up appointments will be imperative so Dr. Ellsworth can track your healing. It's important to contact our office if you experience any symptoms of an infection or have any questions.
When should I consider getting a lower body lift?
If you're thinking about getting a surgical lift on your lower half, schedule a consultation with Dr. Ellsworth to learn more about the process and when it may be right for you to schedule surgery. You should be at or near a sustainable weight since gaining or losing a significant amount of weight following a lift may alter your results. Before surgery, Dr. Ellsworth will also perform a physical exam to make sure that you are strong enough to undergo the procedure.
Will I have to stay overnight in the hospital?
In most cases, Dr. Ellsworth requires his patients spend a minimum of one night in a hospital or medical facility following lower body lift surgery. This inpatient stay is to ensure your safety and comfort, as your pain is controlled and your health monitored. Depending on the number of areas are being treated and your recovery speed, Dr. Ellsworth might recommend you spend multiple nights. During your consultation, Dr. Ellsworth will discuss where you should stay as well as how long he estimates you will be there.
Transform Your Figure
Ellsworth Plastic Surgery employs some of the most compassionate team members in the aesthetic industry. Dr. Ellsworth welcomes all weight loss patients to discuss our skin removal treatments and the options for lower body lift surgery. Our facility takes great pride and joy in helping our patients to reach their cosmetic goals. If you have excess skin and loose folds on the mid and lower sections of your body, you may be a candidate for a lower body lift. Call today for a consultation with Dr. Ellsworth, and allow him to discuss this life-changing plan with you.