About Lower Body Lift Surgery
Our team of board-certified plastic surgeons at Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery performs dozens of lower body lift surgeries every year. This procedure addresses the loose skin and excess fat on the abdomen, hips, thighs, and buttocks using an incision that encircles the body like a belt. Lower body lift surgery utilizes advanced techniques that can significantly improve the fall or collapse of areas in the midsection of both men and women. It is especially ideal for those who have recently lost a large amount of weight. The result is a tighter and more evenly toned lower body contour that often provides patients with a newfound confidence. Call our Reston, VA office to learn more.
Men and women with a significant amount of loose skin on their abdomen, buttocks, thighs, and hips are ideal candidates for this surgery. It is important that the weight loss has been stabilized and that a proper physical is completed to ensure the patient is ready to undergo this procedure. Patients who would benefit from the lower body lift are:
- Women who have completed family planning and are ready to reshape their body after weight loss
- Men or women with hanging skin of the abdomen and deflated and sagging buttocks
- Men and women with overall good health
"Austin-Weston is amazing. My first experience with them was in 2007 when I had a life-changing breast reduction. I healed quickly, had minimal scarring and was able to finally buy a shirt that buttoned within weeks of the surgery. 10 years later, I'm still thrilled with the results.For the past year, I've been seeing Savannah for laser hair removal of some hair in undesirable places. Each time, Savannah is incredibly nice and gentle... And there's a noticeable difference each time. After 6 full sessions and a few touch ups, you can't even tell! And after 30 years on this earth, she informed me that I did not have oily skin and switched me over to an Austin-Weston moisturizer that has greatly improved my complexion and made my skin look so much better!The hair removal has greatly improved my confidence and I'm so excited about the results!"- N.C. / Yelp / Dec 12, 2017
"I've been seeing dr. Christopher knots for a little over a year now at Austin Weston Center I've been seeing dr. Christopher Knotts for fillers and Botox I have to say he is the most talented plastic surgeon I've ever been he has a very artistic eye and he is so very kind and he listens to what you want and I highly recommend dr. Christopher Knotts at the Austin Weston Center for any kind of plastic surgery you will not be disappointed"- D.F. / Yelp / May 01, 2018
"Jocelyn is a miracle worker ! She wholly has an aesthetic eye for detail and perfection. I've come to her at least four times now. Each time, she has taken the time to listen (and truly listen! Not cutting me off or dismissing my concerns or questions like previous medical professionals I have encountered). I usually come with a list of 5-7 questions and an ideal beauty goal in mind. She is very knowledgeable and patient. And most of all, she's realistic in her approach and practice. I appreciate that very much. She doesn't upsell procedures like other greedy doctors and nurses. As you can tell, I've had appalling experiences in the past. But, Jocelyn has shown me the light! I feel valued as a patient whenever I come into the Austin-Weston Center. I will never let anyone else touch my face but her! [Update] I am beyond satisfied with the results that Jocelyn has given me! The fillers look so natural and has enhanced my facial features . I am so pleased:)"- F.T. / Yelp / Apr 27, 2018
"Dr. Knotts is simply one of the best doctors in the field of cosmetic surgery. He cares about conditions faced by his patients, listens to their concerns, and actively works with them to address the issue. He is considered as an authoritative figure in the field, based on the success of procedures he performed, and the extensive paper and journal articles he has written on the subject."- J.H. / Healthgrades / Apr 21, 2018
"One of the Best Doctors in His Field - Dr. Knotts is simply one of the best doctors in the field of cosmetic surgery. He cares about conditions faced by his patients, listens to their concerns, and actively works with them to address the issue. He is considered as an authoritative figure in the field, based on the success of procedures he performed, and the extensive paper and journal articles he has written on the subject."- Anonymous / Vitals / Apr 20, 2018
What to Expect
A lower body lift procedure uses an incision that goes around the midsection like a belt. In the abdominal area, this allows removal of excess and hanging skin of the abdomen and lifting of the pubic region. Posteriorly, the buttocks are lifted, and the excess skin on the sides of the body is removed to allow lifting of the outer thigh. Some patients may require liposuction in some areas if there are additional pockets of isolated fat to address. A lower body lift can be performed on an outpatient basis, but our board-certified plastic surgeons may recommend you stay the night in our overnight surgical suite. Similar to a tummy tuck recovery, the majority of swelling begins to subside within weeks and final results are expected around 3 months. Most patients take 1-2 weeks off work for a body lift.
For patients with substantial weight loss and extra skin in the vertical and horizontal dimensions, your surgeon may recommend a Fleur-de-lis body lift, which is a surgical incision of a typical body lift as well as a vertical midline incision in the abdomen. While there is extra scar associated with this operation, it is sometimes required to achieve the tightest result. Your surgeon will discuss this possibility with you at your consultation.
The incision after a body lift is similar to a tummy tuck in front, and it is extended around the back but low enough to cover with underwear. Patients are lighter, can wear tighter-fitting clothes, and they do not have to worry about hiding their loose skin. This surgery typically creates a tighter appearance, a more toned look, and a more youthful contour.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $8,400 - $13,000
- Recovery Time
- 6-8 Weeks
New Body, New Start
If you are at a point in your life where the extra skin on your lower body is interfering with your self-confidence or decreasing your range of motion or mobility, you should contact our plastic surgery office for a consultation. Patients considering investing in these procedures need to be at their goal weight with good health. Also, women of childbearing age need to understand that pregnancy will alter their lower body lift results and the ideal patient is done with family planning.