About Lower Body Lift
Lower body lift, also known as belt lipectomy.
Lower body lift surgery is aimed at tightening and sculpting tissues around the inner and outer thighs, up the buttocks and around the hips and lower abdomen. The surgeon removes any excess tissue and skin, before tightening the area to help return its natural contours. Usually patients opt for a lower body lift if they have recently undergonedramatic weight lost due to bariatric surgery, or if they have lots of sagging skin. All the excess skin tissue can cause mobility issue, painful rashes, chafing and infection.
You should explore a lower body lift if you have maintained or are close to your ideal weight. Sometimes it can be performed in conjunction with an upper body lift.
How is it performed?
The advantage of a lower body lift is that it can treat the entire lower body at once, including the buttocks, abdomen, waist, hips, and thighs. A lower body lift incision starts the same as a tummy tuck incision, except that it extends all the way around the lower torso, which allows your surgeon to lift the thighs and buttocks as well as the abdomen. Your scars will depend on the location of the extra skin and how much additional tissue needs to be removed. Your surgeon will discuss your aesthetic goals and take these into account while performing surgery.
What result can I expect?
Lower body lift surgery results should be considered permanent. You may find that after surgery, the skin relaxes a little, and underlying tissues will continue to loosen with age. For safety, make sure you return to your surgeon’s office for check-up appointments, when you are advised to do so.
- Your body will be contoured and any excess or loose skin will be removed.
- Can help resolve issues such aschafing, rashes and infections.
- Lower body lifts are one of the most major surgical procedures, and take a long time to recover from.
- It is likely you will spend up to 3 days in hospital after your procedure.
- Your surgery scars will usually be hidden in the bikini line.
You will experience some pain once the anaesthesia wears off, and you will find yourself with bruising, swelling and redness around your lower torso. If you are unsure if these are normal signs of recovery, you should contact your doctor immediately.
You should ensure you have help around the home for when you return from hospital. You will feel a little disorientated and disconnected for the first couple of weeks, and should not undertake any strenuous exercise at all, for the first two months. If you have children, you will need to arrange for childcare support during at least the first two weeks after your body lift procedure. You will be encouraged to walk and move gently on the day after your procedure, to help prevent clots and aid healing.
Make sure you follow any advice your surgeon gives you. This will usually include information about all the things you will need to do to take care of your wounds, your drains, which compression garments to wear and what antibiotics or painkillers you can take. You will also be told about how to spot any signs of complications.
Remember that because everyone’s body is different, it takes different amounts of time for everyone to heal. Ensure you maintain your weekly check-up appointments, so your surgeon can monitor your progress and make any necessary adjustments.
Typically any sutures will be removed after about two weeks, but sometimes this can take 4-6 weeks for the incisions around your waist to heal properly.
Because it is such a large area, it is not uncommon for wound separations to happen, which can delay recovery. You should plan to take at least 3 weeks off from work, and to limit your normal activities for up to 2 months after the procedure. You will have to wait for at least six to eight weeks before you can begin exercising again.
Your bruising should begin to subside after the first couple of weeks, and any swelling should subside within a few months. Your scars will be permanent, but with proper care and additional topical product use, these can be very faint after a couple of years.
Limits & Risks
Significant complications caused by lower body lift surgery are fortunately infrequent. Your surgeon will discuss any specific risks you face during your consultation. Remember that all types of surgery have some degree of risk. Follow the instructions and advice of your cosmetic surgeon carefully and you will minimize the risks you face.
Some possible complications that can occur with all surgeries are:
- Adverse reaction to anesthesia
- Hematoma or seroma
- Loss sensation
- Allergic reactions
- Damage to tissues
- Unsatisfactory results
- Blood clots