About Lower Body Lift Surgery
A surgical lower body lift is a contouring procedure that removes loose skin and fat to lift and reshape specific sections of the body altered by pregnancy and weight loss. This surgery concentrates on the middle and lower body, including the buttocks, stomach, flanks, low back, and thighs. Based on the amount of skin removed, an incision all the way around the waist may be created, which permits the highest amount of lift and skin excision. A lower body lift is a major procedure that can reshape a patient’s lower half of the body. Cosmetic plastic surgeon Dr. John Williams has specific experience with lift surgeries. In ideal patients, a lower body lift surgery at Plastic Surgery Center of Baton Rouge in Baton Rouge, LA helps people to not just achieve their weight goals but also to finish their total transformation with a tight body that appears normal and healthy.
The best candidates for lower body lift surgery are typically people who have lost a large amount of weight and are confronted with different cosmetic challenges. These new challenges include wrinkled, loose skin on the upper thighs and buttocks, skin that hangs on the stomach, plus sagging skin across the core. For those who are considering this surgery, it's necessary to understand expectations that are realistic, which can be talked about with Dr. Williams during your consultation. First, scars are a result of this surgery because of the size of the incisions. Next, the surgery does require a longer recovery period versus other elective surgeries, which is why it's helpful to prepare in regard to work and family care. Lastly, it's critical that you are at or near a healthy weight before undergoing lower body lift surgery.
This surgery is completed with general anesthesia and many patients will be required to have at least one night's stay under supervised care. The time of the surgery may be lengthy, taking about 4 – 7 hours. The surgical incision is usually made along the area where a belt is worn, which is why it is also known as a beltectomy or circumferential 360 lift. After the incision is precisely made by Dr. Williams, lipo will eliminate any excess fat and hanging skin will be excised. Then the remaining skin will be draped taut and attached with surgical sutures. Compression garments may be worn over the treated area to help create a slimmer appearance, as well as to minimize swelling, bruising, and bleeding.
What to Expect
A lower body lift is classified as an advanced surgery. It takes many patients about two or more weeks to get back to simple activities, and in certain patients, as many as six months before getting back to more strenuous movements, including exercise. Dr. Williams or a member of his staff will go over post-recovery instructions and information on caring for the wound so that scars are faded for best results. While the recovery period may feel long, the results can be extraordinary, providing patients with a tighter, smoother body without the loose, hanging skin that holds them back from enjoying their best life. Many patients feel it's one of the most life-changing aesthetic surgeries available today.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a lower body lift cost?
Costs for lower body lift surgery will vary in each patient. In your initial consultation, Dr. Williams will create a surgical plan that fits your goals. Plastic Surgery Center of Baton Rouge takes several payment methods and low-interest financing to make your lower body lift as easy to afford as possible.
Will I have visible scarring?
There's several factors that will determine how many scars you have and their visibility after a lower body lift. Dr. Williams plans incisions so they can be easily concealed by undergarments or in less visible areas, like the natural skin folds. Dr. Williams or someone on his staff will give you post-surgery instructions, which will help your stitches heal correctly so the scars are smooth and in time, blend into your skin.
What can I expect during recovery?
Following your lower body lift surgery, you might have moderate bruising and inflammation in and around the treated areas. Appointments for follow-up exams are important so Dr. Williams can monitor your process. It's crucial that you contact Plastic Surgery Center of Baton Rouge if you notice any symptoms of an infection or you have any questions.
When should I consider getting a lower body lift?
When you're thinking about getting a surgical lift on your lower half, make an appointment with Dr. Williams to get more information about the procedure and the right time for you to schedule surgery. You need to be at or close to a stable, healthy weight because losing or gaining a large amount of weight once you've had a lift can impact your appearance. Before surgery, Dr. Williams will also complete a physical exam to make sure that you're strong enough to undergo the procedure.
Will I have to stay overnight in the hospital?
Typically, Dr. Williams requires his patients to stay a minimum of one night in a medical facility following lower body lift surgery. This inpatient stay is to ensure your safety and comfort as your health is monitored and your pain controlled. Based on the number of areas that are being treated and your recovery speed, Dr. Williams might suggest you stay more than one night. In your initial consultation, Dr. Williams will review facilities where you should stay, as well as how long he thinks you may need to stay.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $9,000 - $11,000
- Recovery Time
- 3 – 8 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 5 – 7 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Week
- Procedure Recovery Location
Transform Your Figure
Plastic Surgery Center of Baton Rouge employs many highly experienced team members in the cosmetic industry. Skilled plastic surgeon Dr. John Williams invites all weight loss patients to discuss our skin removal treatments and your choices for a lower body lift. Plastic Surgery Center of Baton Rouge takes pride and joy in working with our patients to reach their cosmetic goals. If you are concerned about extra skin and loose folds on the middle and lower sections of your body, you could be a candidate for lower body lift surgery. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Williams at our office in Baton Rouge, LA.