About the One-Stage Body Lift
A one-stage body lift, often called a torsoplasty, is a body contouring procedure that combines many techniques to remove excess skin and fat, lifting and reshaping the mid-lower areas of the body that have been altered by age, massive weight loss, and pregnancy. One-stage body lift surgery focuses on the mid and the lower body, including the buttocks, stomach, flanks, low back, and thighs. According to the desired amount of skin removal, a circumferential 360 incision may be performed, which permits the highest amount of skin excision and lift. A lower body lift is a major procedure that can redefine a patient’s lower half of the body. Our highly talented surgeons, Drs. Erik Nuveen and Courtney Caplin, have experience with skin removal surgeries. For many patients, this surgery at Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates in Oklahoma City, OK allows men and women to not only achieve their weight loss goals but to complete their total transformation with a firmer figure that looks healthy and beautiful.
One-Stage 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, spinal anesthesia may also be administered. The surgery lasts from 5 – 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.
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Lower Body Lift FAQs
How much does a lower body lift cost?
The cost of a one-stage body lift procedure will vary for each patient. During your consultation, one of our surgeons will create a highly customized treatment plan that includes all of the procedures needed to help you reach your goals. Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates accepts several payment methods, including low-interest medical financing to make your surgical lift as easy to afford as possible.
Will I have visible scarring?
A few factors will determine the visibility of scarring you have after a one-stage body lift. Our surgeons plan incision points so they can be easily concealed by undergarments or in less visible areas, like the natural skin folds. Our team will provide you with aftercare instructions, including how to help your incisions heal correctly so the scars are smooth and eventually blend with your normal skin.
What can I expect during recovery?
Following a one-stage body lift procedure, you might have moderate bruising and inflammation around the treatment areas. Appointments for follow-up exams will be necessary so we can monitor your process. It is crucial that you contact our facility if you see any signs of infection or you have any concerns.
When should I consider getting a one-stage body lift?
If you're considering a one-stage body lift, schedule a consultation at Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates to learn more about the process and the right time for you to get one. You need to be at or close to a healthy, stable weight since losing or gaining a lot of weight once you've had a lift can alter your results. Prior to surgery, one of our surgeons will also complete a physical examination to ensure that you're strong enough to recover properly.
Will I have to stay overnight in the hospital?
Most often, we recommend patients spend a minimum of one night in a medical facility following a body lift surgery of this magnitude. This inpatient stay is to ensure your comfort and safety so your health can be monitored and your pain and be controlled. Based on how many areas are being treated and your recovery speed, we may recommend you stay multiple nights. During your consultation, a member of our team will discuss where and how long we think you may need to stay.