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A lower body lift can be a life-changing procedure for people who are very self-conscious about sagging skin on their abdomen and upper thighs.  They can enjoy a slimmer, more toned appearance and may even lose several inches around the stomach.  A lower body lift can be a game changer for men and women who have had gastric bypass surgery and maintained a steady weight for 18 months.  This surgery can dramatically improve their body image.

What is a lower body lift?

A lower body lift is also known as a high-lateral abdominoplasty.  This surgical procedure targets and removes excess skin, fat, and tissue on the stomach, thighs, and buttocks.  Then the abdominal muscles are tightened.  This is a more comprehensive procedure than a traditional tummy tuck.  It flattens the stomach as well as the skin on the upper abdomen just below the breast.  More noticeable contours can be achieved as it slims down the sides of the waistline and lifts the loose skin on the thighs.  A lower body lift includes a buttocks lift to elevate the buttocks and provide skin tightening benefits along the sides.

Who is a good candidate?

The ideal candidate is a nonsmoker in good general health, with no medical issues that would increase their surgical risk.  The patient typically has relaxed abdominal muscles and excess sagging skin on the stomach and thighs.  This may be the result of aging, pregnancy, or significant weight loss.  Women who have not finished with childbearing should consider waiting to have the procedure, since pregnancy can affect the outcome of abdominal surgery.

What is recovery like?

Lower body lift is a major surgery that will require a 6-8 week recovery period.  Moderate swelling should be expected, as well as some initial discomfort around the incision.  Patients should plan to take one to two weeks off work, depending on their job duties.  Compression garments may need to be worn for a few weeks, and maintaining a healthy diet is an essential component of recovery.  The swelling subsides gradually over 6-8 weeks, during which time strenuous activities should be avoided.  Periodic post-surgical visits are scheduled to monitor patient progress.

Next Steps

Boca Raton Plastic Surgery Center is a state-of-the-art outpatient plastic surgery facility accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities.  Dr. Cristina Keusch is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, practicing since 1990.  If you are considering a lower body lift, contact Dr. Keusch today for a consultation.  She will help patients determine their best surgical options based on their individual needs and goals.