Massive weight loss, aging, sun damage, childbearing, genetic factors, and surgical procedures can all lead to excess loose skin on the lower body due to poor skin elasticity. A body lift, sometimes referred to as a belt lipectomy, is designed to improve the definition of the lower body by removing excess skin, pulling the remaining skin taut, and smoothing it out. The areas addressed by a body lift include the abdomen, buttocks, waist, hips, lower back, and inner and outer thighs for a smoother, more toned appearance.
Is a Body Lift Right for Me?
Your Body Lift Procedure
Anesthesia and Incisions
General anesthesia is administered at our Birmingham, Alabama surgery center, then a circumferential incision is made extending around the midsection. The length of your incisions will be based on the amount of skin and fat being removed.
Fat and Skin Removal
Excess skin and fat below the incision are neatly removed. Tissues are then repositioned and tightened using sutures for a firm, defined appearance.
If the abdominal region lacks firmness and contouring is desired, a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) can be performed in conjunction with a body lift. An inner thigh lift can also be included in your procedure to address concerns with the thighs. Your procedure may also include liposuction using the tumescent method (a sterile solution is injected into the targeted locations to constrict the blood vessels and minimize blood loss and swelling), or the power-assisted approach, which a device that moves a cannula quickly through the fat, allowing for reduced trauma to the surrounding tissues and an easier recovery.
The remaining skin is lifted and tightened and the incisions are closed using sutures that will help support your new contours. The entire process can last between four and six hours, depending on the patient’s goals, preferences, body type, and desired results.
Before & After
An overnight hospital stay is typically recommended. Postoperative care instructions are provided to guide you through your recovery process and should be followed carefully. Surgical dressings will be applied to reduce bruising and swelling and support your new contours. Drainage tubes are often applied to prevent the accumulation of blood and other bodily fluids. Your recovery time will vary depending on the extent of your procedure but typically takes about two weeks. You should make sure to get plenty of rest but begin walking again as soon as possible to maintain blood circulation and minimize the risk of blood clots. Patients should avoid strenuous activities until cleared to resume them, which is usually after four weeks.
Scarring associated with your incisions is permanent but strategically placed to minimize visibility. The incisions are made low on the stomach, directly above the pubic region, extending toward the hips. They then curve to the top of the butt. Clothing conceals the scars, and sun exposure should be avoided or limited to prevent sunburn and extensive visible scars.
Pricing 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.
Pain is usually moderate and can be alleviated with prescription medications. Following your postoperative care instructions and getting plenty of rest will ensure a safe and comfortable recovery.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a good candidate for a body lift?
If you have a large amount of loose skin after pregnancy, weight fluctuations, or other related concerns, then a body lift may benefit you. An evaluation and discussion with Dr. Oliver located in Birmingham, Alabama will help to determine which procedure is right for you.
How can I prepare for my surgery?
Patients may be asked to obtain a lab test, undergo a medical evaluation, adjust any medications or supplements, and eliminate tobacco use. These will all be discussed in further detail during your consultation.
What is the expected outcome of a body lift?
Body lift surgery is designed to produce a more defined silhouette by lifting and tightening the skin and tissues of the lower body.
How long do the results last?
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 will help prolong your results.