About Lower Body Lift Surgery
Lower body lift surgery is a body contouring procedure that eliminates hanging skin and fat to reshape and lift parts of the body changed by age, weight gain/weight loss, and pregnancy. Lower body lift surgery focuses on the mid and low body, including the abdomen, buttocks, lower back, flanks, and upper thighs. According to the desired amount of skin removal, a circumferential 360 incision may be made, which grants the greatest amount of skin excision and lift. This is a major treatment and can recontour a patient’s lower body. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michele Sasmor has additional training with skin removal surgeries. In many cases, this surgery at RiverSong Plastic Surgery in Newburyport, MA allows patients to not only reach their weight loss goals but to finalize their complete transformation with a contoured figure that looks healthy and beautiful.
Ideal candidates for this surgery are generally people who have lost a sizeable amount of weight and are now dealing with the results of significant weight loss. These challenges may be loose, wrinkled skin on the buttocks and upper thighs, hanging skin on the abdomen, as well as saggy skin throughout the middle section. If you are a candidate for this procedure, it is helpful to have realistic goals, which can be discussed with Dr. Sasmor during your consultation appointment. This procedure does require 3-4 weeks recovery compared to many other cosmetic surgeries so it is important to plan ahead if you work or have small children. Finally, it is necessary that you are at a stable weight when considering this surgery.
This procedure is done under general anesthesia and does typically require an overnight stay in a medical facility. The surgery can around 4 – 7 hours. The incision is commonly placed along the lower abdomen and low back area. The surgery is often called a circumferential 360 lift or belt lipectomy. Once the incision has been carefully made by Dr. Sasmor, surgical liposuction will treat areas of excess fat and sagging skin will be trimmed. Then the remaining skin will be stretched tight and secured with sutures. Compression garments will be placed over the whole torso to help control swelling, bruising, and bleeding.
What to Expect
A lower body lift is considered a major cosmetic procedure. It takes most patients at least 1 week to resume simple activities, and in some cases, up to 3 months before they can get back to more active movements, such as aerobic exercise. Dr. Sasmor or a member of her staff will discuss clear instructions and information on care during recovery for seamless results. While the recovery can seem lengthy, the results are extraordinary, leaving patients with a smoother, tighter body without the hanging, loose skin that prevents them from experiencing an active, comfortable life. Most patients feel it is one of the most valuable elective procedures offered today.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a lower body lift cost?
The cost of a lower body lift procedure will vary from patient to patient. During your consultation, Dr. Sasmor will develop a treatment plan that matches your goals and budget. RiverSong Plastic Surgery accepts many payment methods, including low-interest financing to make your surgical lift easier to afford.
Will I have visible scarring?
There are several factors that can contribute to the visibility of scarring you may have after a lower body lift. Dr. Sasmor designs incision points so they are either easily concealed in less visible areas, like in natural skin folds, or where they will be covered by undergarments. Dr. Sasmor or a member of her team will discuss aftercare instructions and how to help your incisions heal properly so the scars are flat and eventually blend with your skin.
What can I expect during recovery?
After a lower body lift, you will likely experience some swelling and bruising around the treatment areas. Follow-up appointments will be necessary so Dr. Sasmor can track your recovery. It is important to contact our office if you see any signs of an infection or have any concerns.
When should I consider getting a lower body lift?
If you are considering a lower body lift, schedule a consultation with Dr. Sasmor to learn more about the process and when it may be right for you to get one. You should be at or near a sustainable weight, since gaining or losing a lot of weight following a lift may alter your results. Prior to surgery, Dr. Sasmor will also perform a physical assessment to ensure that you are healthy enough to recover properly.
Will I have to stay overnight in the hospital?
Typically, Dr. Sasmor requires her patients spend at least one night in a hospital or medical facility after surgery. This overnight stay is for your comfort and safety, as your pain is controlled and your health is monitored. Depending on how many areas are being addressed and your overall health after surgery, Dr. Sasmor may recommend you spend two or more nights. During your consultation, Dr. Sasmor will your immediate post op treatment requirements and course.
Transform Your Figure
RiverSong Plastic Surgery is led by one of the talented plastic surgeons in the aesthetic industry. Dr. Michele Sasmor welcomes all weight loss patients to learn more about our skin removal surgeries and the options for lower body lift surgery. Our staff takes great pride and joy in helping our patients to achieve their aesthetic goals. If you have excessive skin and sagging folds on the mid or lower areas of your body, you may be a candidate for a lower body lift. Call today for a consultation with Dr. Sasmor to learn more about this life-changing procedure.