Lower Body Lift
Is excess skin around your waist hiding your true physique?
A body lift gives dramatic improvement to the contour of the abdomen, waist, lower back, buttock and outer thigh by lifting and excising redundant skin and fat.
After undergoing major weight loss, you may now be left with deflated hanging skin, covering up your new trim body.
Who is a good candidate for a body lift?
Ideal candidates have obtained their weight loss goals, with a stable weight for at least 6 months. Patients who have undergone weight loss surgery should have normal blood work, without electrolyte abnormalities or anemia.
Patients who are 20 to 30 pounds overweight and desire removal of excess abdominal and lower back tissue are also good candidates. Healthy weight patient who wish for circumferential improvement of their waist, as well as a lift of the buttock and outer thigh are also good candidates.
Finally, patients must be accepting of a trade of extra skin for scars, which are designed to be concealed under clothing.
After a lower body lift, patients will have improved contour of their tummy, waist and lower back. The buttock, mons pubis, and outer thighs will appear lifted.
Patients typically experience pain, swelling, and bruising. Most patients can return to work in 2 weeks. Drains are removed in 1 to 3 weeks. Garments are then continued for 4-6 weeks. Most patients can return to heavy exercise between 4 to 6 weeks.
The procedure is performed in the hospital under general anesthesia and the duration is 4 to 6 hours. Incisons are placed low on the abdomen and low back, in a circumferential fashion. The incisions are designed to be concealed below the undergarments. This allows maximal skin removal and improved appearance to the waistline. The outer thigh, mons pubis, and buttock skin will be lifted as well. An additional incision is made around the umbilicus to allow full contouring of the upper abdominal skin. Surgical drains are often placed. Absorbable sutures are placed followed by a light dressing. After surgery, patients are placed in a compression garment. Patients require an overnight stay in the hospital.
The average cost of a body lift is $12,000-$14,000. A consultation with Dr. Carpin is required to obtain a personalized quote.
Bruising, swelling, pain and scarring are the most common risks. Additional surgical risks will be discussed in consultation.