Lower Body Lift Pensacola, FL

Lower Body Lift

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Typical Timing/Age

25-60 years old

Problem

Excess skin and subcutaneous fat of the abdomen & lower back as well as a falling (lax) buttock and lateral thighs.

Procedure

A lower body lift uses a circumferential incision, usually placed lower than a belt lipectomy incision. A belt lipectomy addresses the waistline, whereas a lower body lift addresses the waistline and lifts up a sagging butock and lateral thighs. Through a horizontal incision on the lower abdomen and hips, continuing around the back circumferentially – excess skin and subcutaneous fat are removed from the abdomen and lower back. Also through this incision, abdominal wall muscles are sutured together to improve abdominal contour and finally the buttock and lateral thighs are lifted up to a more appropriate location. This “lift” of the lower body has the secondary benefit of improving the contour of the lateral thighs. There are no sutures to remove as they are all internal. The resultant scars are a horizontal scar all the way around the waistline and a small scar around the belly button. Surgical drains are usually used. The total operating room time varies depending on the number of additional body contouring procedures such as liposuction and/or brachioplasty.

Goal

To improve lower body, buttock and lateral thigh contour.

Facility

Hospital

Preparation

Patients should be at a stable weight, healthy, nutritionally replete with good protein stores and cannot be using any nicotine containing substances.

Anesthesia

General anesthesia

Recovery

In most cases, patients go home after surgery.  No hospital stay is required.

Positioning

After a lower body lift you will need to be cognizant of undue tension on the incision because bending forward or backwards may place too much tension on the back or front incisions, respectively.

Assistance

You will need someone to help take care of you after surgery as you will not be able to lift children, heavy items, etc.

Walking

You are encouraged to walk around as much as possible to help reduce the risk of DVT and thromboembolism.

Showering

After 48 hours you should remove your dressings and take a shower.

Exercise

2 weeks for light exercise. 4 weeks for regular exercise. 6 weeks for abdominal exercises.

Sex

Wait 4 weeks because you don’t want to stress your incisions or increase your blood pressure during the early healing period.

Work

1-2 weeks depending on your type of work.

Swelling

Can persist for 3-6 months

Bruising

Usually subsides after 2-3 weeks

Risks & Complications

Hematoma, Seroma, Infection, Poor scarring, Dehiscence, Delayed wound healing, Skin necrosis, Asymmetry, Numbness, Thromboembolism, Contour irregularities, Need for revision, Complications related to anesthesia.

Performed by: Dr. Butler, Dr. Leveque, Dr. Patterson

 

*Cosmetic Surgery National Data Bank: Statistics 2013. (2014). Aesthetic Surgery Journal / the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 34(1 suppl), 1S-22S.doi:10.1177/1090820X14542571

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