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A lower body lift, also known as a belt lipectomy, raises and reshapes unsightly, sagging body contours. If you are interested in this procedure, contact us at our Birmingham, Alabama office to schedule your consultation.
During the aging process, skin loses some elasticity, causing the mid-section to lose its natural shape and firmness. This procedure is designed to remove loose skin and related fat deposits, thus, providing a more youthful appearance. A body lift can be applied to the lower torso and upper legs including the abdomen, waist, inner/outer thighs, buttocks, and/or hips. Liposuction may also be completed in conjunction with a body lift.
Why Should I Choose a Body Lift?
- Reshape mid-body contour.
- Correct sagging skin and fat due to aging or excessive weight loss.
- Remedy weight gain and stretched skin caused by multiple pregnancies.
How Is a Body Lift Performed?
The precise procedure varies with each patient, depending on the body type and desired surgical outcome. Generally speaking, the lower body lift procedure entails making an incision along the belt-line completely around the waist and lower back. Excess skin is then removed, followed by the underlying fat deposits. Finally, the skin is pulled taught and sutured into the new configuration improving the contour of the abdomen, flanks, outer thighs, lower back, and buttocks. The entire procedure can last from 4 to 6 hours. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia in our Birmingham, Alabama surgery center.
What Is My Body Lift Recovery Like?
Generally, post-operative instructions require no heavy lifting or strenuous activity in order to speed up the healing process and recovery time. Early ambulation is beneficial and encouraged. Bandages are applied right after surgery to minimize swelling and provide support. Drainage tubes are often placed to drain excess fluids. The scars resulting from the incisions are permanent but are carefully placed so as to minimize visibility. Patients sometimes report pain associated with surgery which can be treated with oral medication. At least an overnight hospital stay is usually scheduled after surgery. Recovery time varies with the extent of the procedure. While complications are rare, patients can minimize potential problems by carefully following the directions that are given after the surgery.
Frequently Asked Questions About Body Lift Surgery?
Am I a candidate for a body lift?
A body lift may benefit you if you have significant excess or hanging skin following pregnancy or weight loss. A body lift addresses your midsection’s circumference; however, it can be tailored to your specific needs.
Candidates for body lift surgery are in good health, have maintained their weight for several months, do not smoke, and have realistic expectations of their results. For ideal results, body lift surgery may need to be combined with other body contouring techniques.
What body contouring procedures can be combined with a body lift?
Many body lift candidates have excess skin due to massive weight loss. While a body lift transforms the midsection and lower body, it does not address the upper body or excess pockets of remaining fat. Therefore, some body lift patients choose to combine their body lift with other post-bariatric surgeries, such as breast lift surgery (with or without breast augmentation), arm lift surgery, or liposuction.
How should I prepare for my body lift?
Patients may be asked to obtain a lab test, undergo a medical evaluation, adjust any medications or supplements, and eliminate tobacco use. Smoking and blood-thinning medication alter your body’s blood flow, which can put you at greater risk during and after your body lift.
Body lift surgery is invasive and requires general anesthesia. Therefore, you will need to arrange for someone to drive you home, stay with you for the first night, and help with all daily obligations. Many body lift patients take one to two weeks off work—be sure to arrange this before your surgery.
What are the risks associated with a body lift?
Body lift surgery is safe when performed by board-certified plastic surgeons, like Dr. Oliver and Dr. Jack. Unfortunately, no surgical procedure is without risk. While rare, possible complications include:
- Anesthesia complications
- Prolonged wound healing
- Unfavorable scarring
How much does body lift surgery cost?
The price of your body lift will vary depending on the techniques utilized and the extent of correction necessary. Additional fees may include anesthesia, surgical facility, hospitalization, tests, medications, and other contributing factors. Your body lift is tailored to your specific needs. Because of this, the only way to get an accurate cost estimate is to schedule a consultation with the Plastic Surgery Specialists of Birmingham.
Are my body lift results permanent?
Your body lift results should be long-lasting. The excised skin and fat are permanently removed. However, the body will continue to change due to the natural aging process. Maintaining a stable weight with a healthy lifestyle will help prolong your results.