Lower Body Lift
If you have lost a great deal of weight, despite your best efforts to exercise and tone as you go, you have almost certainly been left with some excess sagging skin. This can be incredibly frustrating, particularly when you have worked so hard to shift the pounds and achieve a healthier, slimmer appearance. Fortunately, there are cosmetic procedures that can help you address the stubborn layers of excess skin and fat, and help you achieve the smoother, toned silhouette that you deserve.
What is a lower body lift?
A lower body lift is a cosmetic surgery procedure that is designed to remove the extra skin on the lower half of the body, essentially combining a buttock lift, an outer thigh lift
The procedure itself involves a thin, circumferential incision being created that extends around the body so that the ‘apron’ of excess fat and skin that is characteristic of massive weight loss can be removed. The skin across the buttocks, hips, and thighs will be pulled and tightened, as well as
Recovery from a lower body lift?
You should expect to stay in
Your body will look bruised and may be sore for several weeks. You will be given pain relief to manage your discomfort. You may need help at home for up to four weeks while you recover, and you should avoid any strenuous activity for at least six to eight weeks, or longer if advised by your surgeon. The final results of your surgery should be visible within two to three months, while your scar will continue to fade over time, being considerably less obvious a year after your surgery.
Am I a good candidate for a lower body lift?
Every patient is assessed on an individual basis, but typically a good candidate for a lower body life will be a patient who:
Has experienced dramatic weight loss due to dieting or bariatric surgery
Is psychological distressed by the appearance of their sagging, excess skin
Is experiencing health problems, such as infections and rashes, as a result of their overhanging skin
Is a healthy, steady weight and has maintained this for at least a year, but ready to see their physical shape improved beyond what they can achieve themselves
Has relatively thin layers of fat below the skin
Is mentally prepared for the recovery period
Is prepared to commit to an ongoing a healthy lifestyle in order to be able to maintain the results of their procedure
Has realistic outcomes for their procedure
If you have undergone bariatric surgery prior to seeking a lower body lift, or you have been in any other type of massive weight reduction program, experts usually recommend that you wait until your weight has been stable for at least two years. This gives your body time to adjust to your new size, and your skin to shrink as much as possible.
You will also be asked whether or not you smoke. Smokers are generally not considered good candidates for all types of surgery, including a lower body lift. This is because smoking slows the healing process and increases the risk of complications. If you are prepared to quit smoking so that you can undergo a full body lift, you must be smoke-free for at least 6 to 8 weeks ahead of your surgery.
If you are considering a lower body lift and would like more information, or if you are ready to schedule your consultation with our experienced and dedicated plastic surgery team, please call our offices in Lafayette, LA on (337) 226-0400.