Dramatic weight loss, while a wonderful achievement, often results in loose, sagging skin that drapes over your waist. Removing excess fat and skin from around the waist is accomplished through a combination of surgical procedures that is called a circumferential body lift, a popular option after weight loss surgery. At our Sarasota, FL practice, our plastic surgeons perform a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), thigh lift, and buttock lift to sculpt your waistline and tighten weakened abdominal muscles. This blend of techniques lifts and reshapes the lower body back to a normal, healthy contour. This is a 360-degree incision treatment to improve the appearance of those who are already close to their weight goal. For many patients, this procedure helps complete their weight loss transformation and allows them to reach their aesthetic goals.
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.
"Age 60 Female: Liposuction - Highly Recommend Dr. Derby - Without a doubt, Dr. Derby is the most compassionate doctor I have ever dealt with. From pre-op to post-op, he made me feel well-cared for and totally comfortable as did his support staff. I followed Dr. Derby's advice and had lymphatic drainage massages during recovery which I feel contributed positively to my healing process. I am extremely happy with the results of my liposuction procedure...."- S. / RealSelf / Jun 11, 2017
"Dr. Derby treated me like his father. He removed a scar on the top of my ear that was a result of Moh's surgery . He even played my favorite genre of music for me while doing the surgery. You have to look closely to even see that there was anything removed and this was only done 6 weeks ago. The staff was helpful in getting my insurance in order. The nurses were very kind and skilled as well . Thanks so much!"- C. / Healthgrades / Jul 11, 2017
"Dr. Mobley is the Absolute Best! - Sarasota, FL - Dr. Mobley is the best!!! I'm in my late 30s & still model. I'm in the world of teens and 20 something years olds, but with the right amount of Botox & fillers by Dr. Mobley I am more confident now than I was in my 20s. Every time I go to Dr. Mobley I am thrilled & highly reccomend him!"- L. / RealSelf / Jun 07, 2017
"Pefection! - Dr. Engel is an incredible surgeon- my results far exceeded my expectations. During my initial consult, I was confident that he was extremely experienced and knowledgeable, and I felt I was in good hands from the start. Throughout the process I would have difficulties making decisions about size and type of implant, and both Dr. Engel and his nurse always took the time to address my concerns..."- U. / RealSelf / May 09, 2017
"I had been here in the past and obtained great results, so I decided to return for another issue. I was treated with kindness and professionalism as in the past. I would highly recommend this facility to anyone!"- B.F. / Demandforce / Jun 07, 2017
During/After the Procedure@headingTag>
The lower body lift procedure is performed with general anesthesia and requires an overnight stay in a hospital or 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.
Lower Body Lift FAQs@headingTag>
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?@headingTag>
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?@headingTag>
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
- Recovery Time
- 6-8 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2-5 Hours
- Procedure Recovery Location