Lower Body Lift

A lower body lift is a procedure designed to remove extra skin and tissue from your abdomen, hips, buttocks and thighs as well as tightening the muscles of your abdominal wall. It is especially beneficial for patients who have lost a large amount of weight. For patients who are planning to have more children or to lose a significant amount of weight, recommendations are to postpone the procedure until you have reached your goal weight.

How long does the surgery take?

Total time for the operation takes 4-8 hours depending on the extent of the procedure. It may also be combined with a limited amount of liposuction to enhance the overall contour.

How is the surgery performed?

An incision is made along the lower abdomen and continues completely around your waist. A second incision is made around the belly button and the skin and tissue are lifted up from the bottom toward the ribcage. The muscles of the abdominal wall are brought together and reinforced. The skin is then stretched back down, removing the extra. The thighs are lifted starting just above the knee. The extra skin from the buttocks is removed, and the fatty tissue can be used to created a more shapely buttock. Liposuction is often performed as needed for contouring. The belly button is brought through a new incision and all incisions are closed.

Lower Body Lifts are performed under general anesthesia and require an overnight stay, depending upon the extent of the procedure.

The procedure results in a scar at the bottom of your abdomen near the hairline, and this extends completely around your back. Usually there is also an incision hidden around your umbilicus (belly button).

How long does it take to recover?

Recovery time is 4-6 weeks to return to full normal activity including strenuous exercise, however most patients are able to return to work in 2-4 weeks. You will need to wear elastic garments to wear for 2-4 weeks following surgery. Drains will also be used for this procedure.

Why can’t I just have liposuction?

Liposuction is an excellent tool to remove extra fat under the skin, but does not remove the skin over the fat. Patients who have extra skin may see a worsening if liposuction only is performed. Please discuss this with Dr. Coberly at the time of your consult to determine which procedure, or a combination of both would be most beneficial for you.

For more information go to the Preparing for Surgery section and see Tummy Tuck.

Body Lift, case 1

*25 year old man before (above) and 6 months after (below) Lower Body Lift, Abdominoplasty and Liposuction following weight loss (120 pounds)

Body Lift, case 2

*25 year old man before (above) and 6 months after (below) Lower Body Lift, Abdominoplasty and Liposuction following weight loss (120 pounds)

Body Lift, case 3

*45 year old woman before (above) and 6 months after (below) Lower Body Lift, Abdominoplasty and Liposuction following gastric bypass and weightloss (130 pounds)

*Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary. Photos in our online gallery are of actual patients of our practice who have provided consent to display their pictures online.