A lower body lift, also called a belt lift or total body lift, combines an abdominoplasty with a posterior body lift to smooth and tighten the abdomen, trunk, buttocks, thighs, and hips. This procedure dramatically enhances body contouring and shape.
When is a lower body lift beneficial?
Many patients feel frustrated after losing a large amount of weight since they typically are left with diminished tissue elasticity, resulting in sagging skin. A lower body lift is often performed after significant weight loss on patients who have maintained a healthy and stable body weight for at least 12 months. This procedure effectively removes this loose, hanging skin that diet and exercise cannot remove.
How is a lower body lift performed?
A lower body lift is a fairly extensive operation, which is usually performed in a hospital under general anesthesia and often requires an overnight stay. Some patients also have liposuction as part of the operation, which helps to eliminate fat deposits located under the skin.
Your surgeon will discuss surgical options, expected outcomes, and possible complications with you at your consultation.
What results can I expect?
Body lift surgery results appear almost immediately, but several procedures may be needed for final results to fully develop. Some scarring will remain, but the overall results are long-lasting. Maintaining weight and physical activity can help preserve these results, though as the body ages it is natural to lose some firmness.