A lower body lift also known as a Belt Lipectomy is a procedure designed to shape, tone, tighten and lift the abdomen, back, thighs and buttock during one operation. The lower body lift can be broken down into 3 components: abdominoplasty, buttock lift and lateral thigh lift. The procedure can be performed in one or several stages depending on the patients needs. The total lower body lift is a major surgical procedure that can take 3 to 5 hours to complete.
The most common candidates for this procedure are patients who have undergone bariatric surgery and lost a significant amount of weight. After pregnancy, many women have excess loose hanging skin that they cannot improve with diet and exercise. They may benefit from the “Mommy Makeover” which may include a lower body lift.
In the total lower body lift a circumferential incision is made around the body from above the pubic area around the sides to the top of the buttock crease. General anesthesia is required. During the surgery the patient will be repositioned on the operating table to allow access to all these sites. Liposuction may be needed to remove some residual fatty deposits in adjacent areas. The loose skin is elevated in the buttock, back, thighs, and abdomen and the excess is removed. In many cases the stomach muscles are tightened. After the incisions are closed, the patient in placed in a compressive Velcro binder. Generally, drainage tubes are used to help prevent fluid collections (seromas). If the procedure is very involved admission to the hospital is recommended for 1-3 days.
Recovery from this procedure can take 2-4 weeks. You will be out of work for a minimum of 2 weeks depending on your type of work. Some of the problems that can arise include: infection, bleeding, healing problems, fluid collections, blood clots, and emboli.
The lower body lift is a very rewarding procedure that can make dramatic improvements in a person’s appearance. You will love your new look.