A lower body lift improves the contours of the lower body by eliminating skin and reshaping the buttocks, thighs, hips, and abdomen. New Orleans cosmetic surgeons, Dr. Khoobehi or Dr. Walters, help weight loss patients achieve their final transformation goals with this life-changing surgery, which removes sagging skin that hangs due to weight loss. During this surgery, an incision is created along the lower back, around the hips, and down to the front of the groin area. Skin and fat below the incision are extracted. The remaining tissue is pulled up, tightened, and smoothed. This procedure lifts and reshapes body parts back to a normal, healthy contour. It is a 360-degree treatment reserved for those who are already close to their weight goal.
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.
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"Amazing doctor! - I recently had a breast augmentation with Dr. Khoobehi, and words cannot describe how pleased I am with my results! He was very patient with me and took the time to answer all my many questions! I was very nervous going into it, but he made me feel at ease with my decision and the took his time going over different options with me. He gave me the natural look that I wanted! I absolutely love..."- S. / RealSelf / May 09, 2018
"Dr. Wonderful - Dr. Walters was wonderful! His bedside manner was above approach. He made me feel very comfortable about my procedure. Dr. Walters was very responsive to any and all medical questions or concerns before and after my surgery. I highly recommend Dr. Walters."- N. / RealSelf / May 08, 2018
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.
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.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $10,000 - $15,000
- Recovery Time
- 6-8 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2-4 Hours
- Procedure Recovery Location