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Lower Body Lift (Belt Lipectomy) in Northern Virginia

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what is a Lower Body Lift?

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 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. 

am i a candidate for a lower body lift?

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 

how a lower body lift surgery works

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 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. 

what to expect after a lower body lift

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. 

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Average Cost  
From $16,500
Recovery Time  
6-8 Weeks
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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. 

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