Lower Body Lift
Contemplating a Lower Body Lift
A Lower Body Lift is preformed to remove excess, loose & relaxed skin around the lower body area including the Buttocks, Thighs, Abdomen & Flanks. A good candidate for this procedure generally has one or more of the following concerns:
- Excess skin from weight loss: Patients who have lost a significant amount of weight find they may be left with loose sagging skin around the lower body area. Men and women both may experience this concern after weight loss.
- Changes in skin elasticity with age.
- The lower body seems out of proportion with the rest of the body.
- A healthy diet and exercise does not affect the areas of concern.
Preparing for the Procedure
During your consultation with Dr. Anton, the quality of your lower body skin as well as any pre-existing scars will be discussed. The exact location of the incision is partially based on personal preference and what is realistic and will give the optimal result. Incisions are strategically placed and are well concealed in a bathing suit or undergarments.
About the Procedure
The procedure may take anywhere from 3 to 5 hours under general anesthesia. The length of the procedure depends on how much tissue and fat need to be removed. All sutures are placed internally; there are no external sutures.
What to Expect After Surgery
Most patients wake from surgery feeling groggy, tired and just wanting to sleep. Patients undergoing a Lower Body Lift are required to spend the first night at the surgical facility with a registered nurse. Mild to moderate pain and discomfort is to be expected, however, it is usually relieved by prescribed pain medication. Overall, most patients feel their surgery was less painful than anticipated and are able to discontinue their pain medication after 4-5 days.
Initially, the lower body area can feel extremely tight and it may seem difficult to stand up straight, this will gradually subside during the healing process. You will wake from surgery wearing a compression binder. This binder is worn at all times for two weeks. You will then be instructed to change to a lighter support garment for approximately 2-3 more weeks.
Activities are restricted for a full two-week period following surgery including; no lifting, bending, straining of any kind. Exercise and movements involving bending and twisting at the waist will be restricted for a longer period of time. You will be advised during your post-operative appointments about these restrictions. The healing process varies from patient to patient and is decided on an individual basis.