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Lower Body Lift

Lower Body Lift Surgery (Belt Lipectomy) - Oklahoma City, OK

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Overview

The lower body, especially the abdomen and buttocks, can take on a sagging appearance due to loose skin caused by significant weight loss. Cosmetic surgeons, Dr. Erik Nuveen and Dr. Courtney Caplin of Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates in Oklahoma City, can transform these areas with a lower body lift, which uses the tummy tuck and butt lift procedures. Around the circumference of the body, incisions are made, where the loose skin is removed. To provide additional contouring, the doctors will also perform liposuction on the outer thighs and lower back. After surgery, patients will be left with improved contours, tighter skin, and younger-looking appearance.

Surgical Technique

A lower body lift is sometimes called a belt lipectomy as the incision is made around the belt area surrounding the lower torso. The incision is extended to the buttocks and thighs. Loose, saggy skin will be trimmed away and the remaining skin will be lifted and secured by sutures. Liposuction may be used if there’s excess fat. There are also cases when the fat harvested from liposuction is reinstated into the buttocks for an instant butt lift. These procedures may be combined in one session, or they may be staged depending on the patient’s circumstance.

During/After the Procedure

The lower body lift procedure is performed with general anesthesia and requires an overnight stay in a hospital or accredited surgical facility. Due to its nature, a spinal anesthesia may also be administered. The surgery lasts from 5 to 8 hours depending on the number of procedures performed. Patients who have a lower body lift will experience a slow recovery process. Aside from extensive incisions, the body and skin need adequate time to adjust to their new positions created by the surgery. Most patients will need 2-3 weeks before returning to a light routine. It can take up to a full year for the final results of this surgery to appear.

Expected Cost

The combination of procedures can cost an average of $10,000 to $17,000. The cost fluctuation depends on the patient’s aesthetic goals as the number of procedures performed in one session will cause the cost to fluctuate. There are also cases when costs are driven up when the surgical sessions are staged into separate procedures. During the initial consultation, we will discuss the recommended treatment plan and the associated costs.

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Lower Body Lift FAQs

What is a lower body lift?

A Lower Body Lift is a single surgical procedure designed to rejuvenate the central third of the body. The procedure flattens the stomach, elevates the thighs and buttocks, and contours the hips. At the same time, a Lower Body Lift also removes skin circumferential along the bikini line and is one of the most effective cosmetic surgery procedures for improving the appearance of the body after weight loss.

What about scarring?

Dr. Nuveen and Dr. Caplin make every effort to conceal the incision within the natural curves of the body in order to minimize the appearance of scars. The incisions are placed so they remain inconspicuous even in revealing clothing. The majority of patients feel that achieving the silhouette they’ve always wanted is well worth the minimal scars resulting from the incisions.

Painful Surgery?

This surgery is performed with general anesthesia. It common during is the post-operation period that the patient will feel pain and discomfort. The healing of wounds is also slow. The patient must limit movement during the first week to avoid the risk of stretching the incision line. This is the most common complication after surgery. Pain medications will be given to help the patient cope. A compression garment is also worn to help the patient in reducing discomfort.

Does Insurance Cover This?

If it is proven that this surgery is medically necessary to attain a better quality of life, some insurance providers may cover a portion of the cost.  There is no guarantee that coverage will be applicable. Our billing and insurance coordinators will work with the insurance company to determine coverage benefits.

When to Undergo Surgery?

It is recommended that anyone who is considering a lower body lift should be at or near his or her goal weight. If the loose skin is caused by pregnancy, it is best to postpone this type of surgery until all additional pregnancies have been completed. Any additional episode of significant weight gain may compromise the results of the surgery.

Who is a good candidate?

Good candidates for Lower Body Lift surgery are patients who have developed much laxity along the abdomen, lower torso, buttocks, and upper thighs. The typical patient is a formerly obese person who has achieved a more normal Body Mass Index (BMI), though non-weight loss patients may have the surgery as well. To be considered for surgery, a patient should be in good health, any medical issues should be well controlled, and he/she should be a non-smoker.

In-patient or outpatient?

A Lower Body Lift is a significant surgery, however categorized as an outpatient procedure. In our practice we would like all of our lower body lift patients to stay in our overnight convenience suite to be able to follow-up first thing in the morning with Dr. Nuveen and Dr. Caplin.

Will Lipo accomplish the same?

No. Although liposuction can be used to remove localized fatty deposits from nearly anywhere, including the lower body, liposuction will not address the problem of loose or excess skin. The only way to really resolve that issue is through surgery that excises skin and residual fat.

Best time for this procedure?

Individuals contemplating a lower body lift will need to be at or near their goal weight. If they anticipate losing a significant amount of weight, this needs to happen first. Once the weight has been lost, a physical will be required to ensure the body has stabilized enough to endure surgery.

Is there a limit?

Dr. Nuveen and Dr. Caplin prefer to do as many procedures in one operative session as they feel is safe for a patients. This is based upon the medical history of each individual patient, the method of anesthesia utilized and the duration of the procedure. All body lifts take less than 4 hours, thus enabling us routinely to combine nearly all types of surgery with no significant increase in risks.

Will I have a flat buttock?

No, for those patients that prefer a fuller buttock with a body lift, the redundant skin and fat that would normally be cut away around the waist can be used to enhance buttock fullness. Fat grafting can also be performed.

How much skin can be removed?

It varies depending on the individual patient’s skin characteristics, but in general about four to six inches can be removed at the waist incision. Removing too much skin can place too much tension on the scar, causing it to widen over time. Please see Dr. Nuveen and Dr. Caplin for an evaluation of what will be achievable in your case.

How long will results last?

The majority of the lower body lift results will be permanent. While everyone will experience a bit of additional skin sagging naturally as they age, the excess skin removed during the surgery will be permanently gone. The tightening effects and the fat removal will also be permanent, provided that the patient does not regain significant amounts of weight. It is important to know prior to your procedure that weight instability is the number one cause for patient dissatisfaction and/or re-operation.

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