Patients who have extra skin due to aging or weight loss may benefit from a lower body lift to remove excess skin and tighten the abdomen, lower back, buttocks, hips, and thighs. A lower body lift may be combined with liposuction if the patient is unable to eliminate areas of fat with diet and exercise. The best candidates for a lower body lift will be at or near their healthy, goal weight. After an in-depth consultation, Frisco, TX plastic surgeon, Dr. Robert Najera, will create a complete treatment plan based on the patient’s needs and goals. This procedure can be life-changing for those who have lost a significant amount of weight and is often the final stage in their weight loss journey.
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"I want to thank Dr. Najera and his wonderful staff. I had a tummy tuck and full body life and I couldn't be happier! After loosing almost 70lbs, my body needed help! My husband can't stop saying how beautiful I am. After 37 years of marriage, that feels great! So glad I had the surgery. I'm actually looking forward to swimsuit season! :)"- Anonymous / Office Visit / Feb 23, 2017
The incision for a lower body lift is usually made in the area of the lower abdomen and continues circumferentially around the hips. The incision patter may vary according to the patient’s specific treatment goals. Dr. Najera will excise extra skin from the lower body and perform any needed liposuction. A butt lift may is usually also performed during the procedure and the thighs are also addressed as well. After all procedures in the treatment plan are complete, the skin and tissue that remains will be pulled together tightly and sutured carefully together. Dr. Najera may split the procedures into two or more surgeries based on the patient’s health and what will allow the best results.
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.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $9,500 - $17,000
- Recovery Time
- 2 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 3-4 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Day
- Procedure Recovery Location
Lower Body Lift FAQs
A lower body lift creates great results for patients, leaving the body tighter and smoother. Unfortunately, scarring is unavoidable with this surgery. For most patients, the scar will run around the torso and extend to the hips, buttocks and thighs. A skilled and trained plastic surgeon will make every effort to create clean, thin incision lines. These lines will produce scarring that will be patterned similar to a g-string. Once they heal, they will be concealed by undergarments.
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.