Lower Body Lift

Lower Body Lift

Medically known as Belt Lipectomy, a lower body lift is one of the most commonly performed plastic surgery procedures. many people find that most of the weight loss occurs in areas such as thighs, buttocks, and hips. Significant weight loss can leave large folds of the skin causing discomfort and chafing. This is exactly where a lower body lift procedure can come to your rescue. It removes the excess skin and also lifts the buttocks while adding pleasing contours to the patient’s body. It is relatively a less invasive procedure compared to a full-body lift. It helps patients who have undergone significant weight loss and those whose lower body skin has started to sag because of aging or pregnancy.

How to prepare for a lower body lift surgery?

Your surgeon along with the anesthetist would acquire a complete medical history and perform a series of medical tests to assess your current health status. It is always a great idea to reduce a lot of weight before undergoing a lower body lift surgery to gain as much benefit as possible. Routine laboratory tests of urine and blood would also be conducted. In addition, an Electrocardiogram would be recorded to make sure that you can tolerate anesthesia. Ensure that you inform your plastic surgeon about the non-prescription and prescription drugs including herbal, mineral and vitamin supplements, that you have been taking. During your pre-surgery visit just a day prior to the procedure, the surgeon would some click your photographs for comparison after the procedure. He/ She would also make markings on your body that will guide the doctor as to which tissues and areas of your body have to be worked on.

The Procedure

To begin with the lower body lift, an incision would be made around the belt-line of your waits, down your inner thighs and across your abdomen. The specific pattern of your incisions would depend on the expertise of the plastic surgeon and your individual goals. The surgeon, however, would carefully place the incisions in such a way that they are covered by clothing or underwear. It is through these incisions that the surgeon would remove excess tissue and fat deposits prior to pulling your skin taut and trimming it. Then the incisions would be sutured and covered with bandages and compression garments.

It is difficult to effectively tighten the lower body part and not the tummy, most patients prefer to combine this procedure with an abdominoplasty or a mini body lift. you can return to work within three to four weeks of the surgery.

Recovery after the procedure varies from patient to patient and the combination of procedures done. Pain, discomfort, and swelling can be controlled with medications. Make sure you adhere to the instructions given by the plastic surgeon for fast and proper recovery.

For the most part of your life, the results of the lower body lift are permanent. The contouring acquired by the elimination of the excess fat and skin is permanent. The advancement, tightening and undermining of the skin of the buttocks and thighs is permanent as well. there would be some relaxation of the skin after the procedure and the connective tissues and skin would sag and loose gradually as you age.

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