What is a Lower Body Lift Surgery?
A lower body lift is a contouring procedure that removes excess skin and fat to reshape and lift specific parts of the body altered by weight loss or pregnancy. The surgery concentrates on the middle and lower body, including the abdomen, buttocks, lower back, and flanks. According to the desired amount of skin removal, an incision all the way around the waist may be performed, which allows the highest amount of lift and skin excision. A lower body lift is a major treatment that can recontour a patient’s lower body. Plastic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Caruth has been extensively trained in performing these lift surgeries with years of experience. In many cases, a lower body lift surgery at Beyond Beautiful Texas in Plano, TX helps patients to not just reach their weight goals but to finish their overall transformation with a tight figure that looks healthy and beautiful.
Am I A Candidate for a Lower Body Lift?
Ideal candidates for this surgery are generally ones who have lost a large amount of weight and are confronted with different cosmetic challenges. These new challenges may be loose, wrinkled skin on the buttocks and upper thighs, hanging skin on the abdomen, and saggy skin across the midsection. If you are a candidate for this surgery, it is helpful to have realistic expectations, which can be discussed with Dr. Caruth during your initial consultation. First, scars are a part of this surgery due to the large incisions. Second, the procedure does need a longer recovery versus other cosmetic surgeries, which is why it is important to prepare in regard to work and family care. Lastly, it's necessary that you are at or near your healthy goal weight when considering lower body lift surgery.
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"I love Dr. Carruth and his staff! I’ve had a couple of procedures and have been very happy with the results! His staff always helps to ease my anxiety and make me feel very comfortable and he thoroughly explains the entire procedure and makes sure I understand. He truly cares about me and makes sure I’m 100% happy."- S.P. / Google / Apr 26, 2019
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"Dr. Caruth and his staff are amazing. I highly recommend Dr. Caruth. He took exceptional care of me with my procedure. Hands down, an outstanding doctor!"- C.S. / Google / Jul 13, 2017
"Swept the tired, saggy look away - super happy with the result - My son is getting married at the end of October, and I was not happy with my "saggy at 60" appearance. I read reviews and knew I wanted a facial specialist – I chose Dr. Ho based on this research and definitely made the right decision! I had eye blepharoplasty and face/neck lift. While the recovery process is a journey, I'm super happy with the result! Yes, it is worth it 100%. Dr. Ho is a perfectionist, and his team is caring and attentive. If you're feeling the way I did, he will definitely make a difference!Updated on 19 Oct 2022:My son is getting married at the end of October, and I was not happy with my "saggy at 60" appearance. I read reviews and knew I wanted a facial specialist – I chose Dr. Ho based on this research and definitely made the right decision! I had eye blepharoplasty and face/neck lift. While the recovery process is a journey, I'm super happy with the result! Yes, it is worth it 100%. Dr. Ho is a perfectionist, and his team is caring and attentive. If you're feeling the way I did, he will definitely make a difference!"- P. / RealSelf / Oct 19, 2022
Lower Body Lift Surgical Technique
This surgery is done under general anesthesia, and most patients will be required to have an overnight stay in the hospital. The surgery can be a while, taking at least 6-8 hours. The surgical incision is typically placed along where a belt would be worn, which is why it is also known as a circumferential 360 lift or beltectomy. Once the incision has been precisely made by Dr. Caruth, surgical liposuction will treat all excess fat "(if required), and sagging skin will be excised. Then, the remaining skin will be stretched tight and attached with stitches. Compression garments may be worn over the lower body to help create a slimmer appearance, as well as to control bleeding, swelling, and bruising.
What Can I Expect After a Lower Body Lift?
Lower body lifts are involved procedures. It takes many patients about two or more weeks to resume simple activities, and in certain cases, up to six months before a return to more active movements, including aerobic exercise. Dr. Caruth or a member of our staff will go over very detailed instructions and information on wound care and scar management to minimize the appearance of the scars. While the recovery period may seem lengthy, the results can be extraordinary, providing patients with a tighter, smoother body without the hanging, loose skin that prevented them from experiencing their best life. Most patients feel it's one of the most life-changing aesthetic procedures available today.
Lower Body Lift FAQ
How much does a lower body lift cost?
Costs for lower body lift surgery will vary for each patient. During your consultation, Dr. Caruth will create a surgical plan that matches your goals and budget. Beyond Beautiful Texas Plastic Surgery takes several payment methods and low-interest medical financing to make your treatment easy to afford.
Will I have visible scarring?
Many factors will contribute to the visibility of scarring you have after a lower body lift. Dr. Caruth plans incision patterns, so they are either easily concealed in less visible areas like in natural skin folds or where they will be covered by undergarments. Dr. Caruth or someone on his team will give you post-surgery instructions, which will help your incisions heal correctly — so the scars are smooth and, in time, blend into your skin.
What can I expect during recovery?
After your lower body lift surgery, you might experience some inflammation and bruising around the treatment areas. Appointments for follow-up exams are necessary so Dr. Caruth can monitor your healing. It is crucial that you contact Beyond Beautiful Texas Plastic Surgery if you experience any signs of an infection or have any questions.
When should I consider getting a lower body lift?
If you are considering a surgical lift on your lower half, schedule an appointment with Dr. Caruth to get more information about the procedure and the right time for you to get one. You should be at or close to a sustainable weight since losing or gaining a significant amount of weight following a lift may alter your results. Before surgery, Dr. Caruth will also perform a physical assessment to ensure that you are strong enough to undergo the procedure.
Will I have to stay overnight in the hospital?
Generally, Dr. Caruth requires his patients to stay at least one night in a hospital or medical facility after surgery. This stay is for your comfort and safety, so your health can be monitored and your pain can be controlled. Based on how many areas are being treated and your recovery speed, Dr. Caruth may recommend you stay two or more nights. In your consultation, Dr. Caruth will talk about where you can stay as well as how long he thinks you may need to stay.
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- Average Cost
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Transform Your Figure
Beyond Beautiful Texas employs many skilled individuals in the aesthetic industry. Dr. Ho welcomes all weight loss patients to learn more about our skin removal treatments and your choices for lower body lift surgery. Beyond Beautiful Texas takes great pride and joy in helping our patients to reach their aesthetic goals. If you have excessive skin and sagging folds on the mid to lower areas of your body, you could be a candidate for a lower body lift. Call today to schedule a consultation to discuss this life-changing treatment.