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.
Lower Body Lift Reviews
"After kissing in excess of 150lbs, as a male in my early 30's I wanted to have the excess skim removed. I visited 8 local plastic/cosmetic surgeons (I had several who never bothered to return emails or calls). CSA was unique in its approach, I was contacted promptly and requested to complete medical history on an online portal prior to my arrival which I gladly completed and took less than 10 minutes. My visit to CSA was pleasant from arrival with the greeting of pleaseant receptionist, my wait was extremely short, and I was taken to a room and given a short interview by Dr Nuveen's nurse, shortly after Dr. Nuveen entered and had a calming demeanor. He actually spent a few minutes in real dialogue getting to know me and my goals with coming to his office. He did a brief examination of the areas to be effected and in fact marked eith a dry erase marker what he would do to me. Frankly his knowledge of the cosmetic surgery and the procedure, possible side effects, and skills were vastly apparent... Far greater than any surgeon I visited. Before leaving the room I knew he was the surgeon I wanted to perform my operation. I was taken from this room to the financial office and met with Dr Nuveen's practice manager Sarah (who is an asset to CSA) she was extremely pleasant, went over the financial details, and via email over the next few days we booked my procedure. As surgery day came closer I continued pester Sarah and she promptly got back with me and calmed any fears. The day of surgery went extremely smooth, the followup has been outstanding, Dr Nuveen gives both his and and fellow surgeons cell phones and actually answer their phones when you call. I am only a few weeks out from surgery but couldn't be happier with my outcome. I'm excited to see the final results (takes a couple months for all swelling and back to 100%). Simply, I have been impressed, and grateful to Dr Nuveen and his entire caring staff. I am a local Edmond business man and happy to discuss my experiences personally, my email [email protected]"- Anonymous / Vitals / Sep 29, 2011
"I lost 180 lbs. Dr. Nuveen removed 22.2 lbs of excess skin. The results are amazing. This has been a life changing experience. There is not enough good things to say about Dr. Nuveen and every single person who works with him! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly and I will be happy to share my experience with you and tell you why I believe you couldn't make a better choice. The man is an artist and has me me feel like a sculptured work of art. [email protected]"- Anonymous / Vitals / Nov 17, 2012
"I had gastric weight loss surgery in March 2008. After a dramatic weight loss of over 150lbs, I had a significant amount of sagging skin that I wanted removed around my waist line and buttocks. Dr. Nuveen and his staff are impressive. I felt comfortable from the time I walked in the door. His knowledge of cosmetic surgery was far superior to any of the other 7 surgeons I visited with, and I gladly chose him as my surgeon. Dr. Nuveen on the initial appointment spent nearly 40 minutes explaining the procedure, discussed possible side effects and recovery. He had pictures (proof) of his work on other patients and was concerned about my well being more than just a quick sell.I elected a procedure called a Belt Liptecomy, aka 360' Body Lift. The costs were extremely reasonable for the procedure, and were all inclusive. It has been 2 years now since the surgery, and I couldn't be more pleased. I look and feel great, for such a major surgery I was in great hands. I was impressed that Dr. Nuveen himself called to check on me, and the follow-up from his staff was impressive as well.I highly recommend his practice and have been nothing but pleased."- C.B. / Google / Dec 08, 2013
"After loosing in excess of 150lbs, as a male in my early 30's I wanted to have the excess skin removed. I visited 8 local cosmetic surgeons. My visit to CSA was the best, Dr. Nuveen spent a few minutes in real dialogue getting to know me and my goals with coming to his office. His knowledge of cosmetic surgery and the procedure at hand, the possible side effects and, and skills to avoid them were vastly apparent... Far greater than any surgeon I visited. Before leaving I knew he was the surgeon I wanted to perform my operation. I was taken to the financial office and met with Dr Nuveen's practice manager Sarah (who is an asset to CSA) she was extremely pleasant, went over the financial details, and booked my procedure. Surgery went extremely smooth, the followup has been outstanding, Dr Nuveen gives his cell phone and actually answers. I couldn't be happier with my outcome. I am grateful to Dr Nuveen and his entire staff. I am happy to discuss further my email [email protected]"- Anonymous / RateMDs / Sep 29, 2011
"10 days post op..breast lift with implants and lower body lift. I had a tummy tuck 10 years ago from another surgeon that didn't turn out well and Dr. Nuveen corrected that and I am soooo happy! His entire staff was friendly and kind, he takes time to explain things and gives honest opinions. Scars are already smooth and looking good, can't wait until swelling goes down and I get to see final results. I even had to text him once after hours and he asked me to send pics of my concern and he answered right away and put my mind at ease! Very caring! Very thorough! Recommending to all of my friends!"- K.C. / Google / Feb 05, 2018
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.
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.
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.