A lower body lift is a body contouring surgery that targets the mid and lower body section to give the abdomen, lower back, buttocks, hips and thighs a tighter look. It is a surgery that is generally used on patients that have lost a significant amount of weight and targets loose and sagging skin that can result from a massive weight loss. Atlanta plastic surgeon, Dr. Earl Stephenson, is a body contouring specialist and has received extensive training in this area. For many of his weight loss patients, this surgery helps complete their weight loss transformation and allows them to reach their final aesthetic goals. It creates a tighter, more toned and smoother lower body appearance.
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A lower body lift is considered a major surgery. Patients that undergo this procedure, in most cases, are those who have lost about 100 pounds of weight or more. Dr. Stephenson performs this surgery on men and women who are close or at their goal weight, and requires that the weight loss be stabilized. The best candidates are those who meet these qualifications, and who have sagging, loose and hanging skin around the stomach, lower back, hips, buttocks and thighs.
What to Expect
Sometimes called a belt lipectomy, a lower body lift uses an incision that is made around the belt area surrounding the lower torso. This is referred to as a circumferential incision, as well as a lower body lift 360. The incision is extended to the buttocks and thighs. During surgery, Dr. Stephenson trims away and removes loose and sagging skin, and uses liposuction to remove isolated pockets of fat. The remaining skin is lifted up and secured with sutures. Several surgical techniques can be incorporated, including a tummy tuck, thigh lift, butt lift and liposuction to complete a full lower body lift. In addition, there are also cases where fat taken from liposuction is reinstated into the buttock to create a fuller effect due to a deflated backside as the result of weight loss.
Lower Body Lift Recovery
In many cases, this procedure will require an overnight hospital stay. The surgery can last 5 to 8 hours depending on the number of procedures performed. The recovery for this surgery is slow. In addition to extensive incisions, the body and skin need adequate time to adjust to their new positions. Most patients can return to light activities within 2-3 weeks, but it could take up to a full year for the final surgical results to appear normal.
A lower body lift is a tailored surgery and the cost varies by patient. The combination of procedures can cost an average of $10,000 to $17,000. Some of this variance will depend on how many procedures were performed, if it was performed in one or multiple settings, and follow-up treatments that may be needed.
Complete Your Transformation!
Atlanta plastic surgeon, Dr. Earl Stephenson, has the credentials, experience and training to create outstanding body contouring results. If you have lost a significant amount of weight and are ready to transform your lower body, we encourage you to call our office today to schedule your consultation.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $10,000 - $17,000
- Recovery Time
- 6-8 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 5-8 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- Procedure Recovery Location