The lower body lift, also called belt lipectomy, is a procedure performed by our highly skilled Austin Plastic Surgery Institute board-certified plastic surgeons. The surgery is designed to improve the contour of the lower body by removing excess tissues and repositioning and tightening the remaining skin. Men or women, who have achieved massive weight loss, are often left with excess skin and fat on their lower body that cannot be removed through exercise and a healthy diet. The lower body lift targets the lower abdomen, buttocks, and thighs.
The best candidates for lower body lift surgery can relate to the following:
- Sagging skin as a result of weight loss or natural aging
- Stretched skin following childbirth
- Discomfort due to excess amounts of skin
- The desire to tighten and improve the appearance of the lower body
- Reached near ideal body weight
- Maintained their current weight for at least one year
Sometimes referred to as a body lift 360, this surgery removes excess skin from the lower abdomen, hips, lower back, and buttocks. The lower body is then pulled up, and the underlying tissue tightened, to create a smooth and toned effect. This surgery can redefine the entire lower body. For some, it marks a final step in their transformation towards a new, beautiful figure.
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During a lower body lift, an incision is made horizontally across the lower abdomen, circling the body. Through these incisions, excess fat pockets will be removed using liposuction and the underlying tissue and muscle will be pulled tight. An experienced surgeon will make every attempt to trim away as much loose skin as possible, while protecting the incision area to minimize scarring.
All lower body lift surgeries are performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility. The duration of the surgery depends on how many procedures are performed and to what extent. It is common for a surgery of this nature to take 3-4 hours or longer. The recovery can also be quite trying. Most patients will be required to spend a couple of nights in the hospital. It could take 2 weeks or longer before work and normal activities can resume. A lower body lift can create a natural shape and a leaner, more toned figure. Patients who adhere to a healthy lifestyle can enjoy their surgical results for years.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- From $12,000
- Recovery Time
- 3-4 weeks
- Post-op Follow-up
- 6-8 weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
- In & Out-Patient
Lower Body Lift FAQs
How Bad is the Scarring?
While this procedure produces great results, scarring is inevitable. However, every effort is made to create clean incisions and leave a thin scar line. These incisions are also created low to follow the natural bikini line and keep them hidden if a bathing suit is worn. The scars will continue to heal and fade over time. Most patients feel their sleeker, tighter body outweighs the scarring.
Is This Surgery Painful?
Because of the extent of this procedure, patients may feel discomfort during the recovery process. For this reason, patients are required to stay in the hospital for a couple of days to be monitored and will be prescribed pain medication to help minimize pain and discomfort.
Will Insurance Apply?
Yes, insurance may cover some portion of a body lift procedure. For massive weight loss patients, there may be chronic skin infections or other issues caused by obesity. This varies by patient condition, insurance policy and procedure. Patient benefits will be discussed during the pre-op meeting with one of our billing and insurance coordinators.
Best Time for Surgery?
Individuals contemplating a lower body lift will need to be at or near their goal weight. If they anticipate losing a significant amount of weight, this needs to happen first. Once the weight has been lost, a physical will be required to ensure the body has stabilized enough to endure surgery.