What is a Lower Body Lift Surgery?
Lower body lift surgery is a body contouring procedure that removes this loose skin and fat from the body to lift and reshape certain parts of the body. The surgery concentrates on the mid and the lower body, including the buttocks, stomach, lower back, flanks (love handles), and upper thighs. Depending on the amount of skin removed, an incision all the way around the waist may be performed, which grants the highest amount of skin excision and lift. In many patients, this surgery at Kevin R. Hanz, M.D. Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in Dallas, TX allows them to not just achieve their weight goals but to complete their overall transformation with a tight figure that appears healthy and normal.
Would I Be A Good Lower Body Lift Candidate?
You would make a good candidate for a lower body lift surgery if you have lost a large amount of weight and are now dealing with new cosmetic challenges. These challenges may be loose, wrinkled skin on the upper thighs and buttocks, hanging skin on the abdomen, as well as saggy skin throughout the middle section. If you are considering this procedure, it's helpful to have expectations that are realistic, which can be discussed with Dr. Hanz during your consultative appointment. It's important to know that scarring is a result of this surgery because of the size of the incisions. Second, this procedure does need a longer recovery compared to many other cosmetic surgeries so you will need to prepare in regard to work and family care. Lastly, it's critical that you are at a healthy weight before considering lower body lift surgery.
"Bodytite on abs and flanks - I've always hated my love handles, no matter how much I work out or diet even when I was young that's where weight would stay. Finally I decided to do something about it! After doing a ton of research I decided BodyTite was for me. Now about a year after my procedure I can say it was totally worth it. I was swollen for maybe 9-10 weeks because they did some liposuction too, but I could tell a difference right away & my best results seemed to show at about 6 months after my BodyTite."- R. / RealSelf / Feb 05, 2020
"My clients think I'm ten years younger than my age! - I have had amazing results using Dr Hanz. He is so down to earth and can relate to anyone. The results I received are unbelievable. My clients think I'm ten years younger than my age! The procedure is painless and I was back to work in no time!"- J. / RealSelf / May 21, 2020
"Botox done right! My husband and I tried Botox for the first time and Dr. Hanz was gentle and caring. He let us decide what we wanted and what we were comfortable with. There was no "you should get this, or you need this" - Dr. Hanz is the kind of doctor we all need. I will definitely be going back. Thanks Dr. Hanz!"- T.O. / Google / Dec 19, 2020
"After searching for the perfect doctor to give me my dream body for 3 years I finally found the doctor for me! I got liposuction and a Brazilian butt lift from Doctor Hanz and he absolutely exceeded my expectations. I could not be happier and I would absolutely recommend him to anyone! He did exactly what I asked for and then some. I was nervous about having a fake looking butt and he gave me the most perfect round athletic looking butt. I had a pooch and love handles for the longest time and they are completely gone! All the other doctors I met in the past didn't really seem like they cared, but Dr Hanz listened to me with patience and answered all of my questions thoroughly! I am so grateful I met him and chose him to give me the body I have been wanting for years. The procedure was not under anesthesia and I recovered so quickly. If I could give 100 stars I would!"- D.B. / Google / Oct 13, 2020
"I had lipo 360 with Dr. Hanz. I didn't experience any pain during thanks to the medications. After the procedure I was very sore, but I was back at work at 830a the next day. The soreness has lasted since, but has gotten better & hasn't restricted me from my day to day routine. I was able to shower 48 hours after my procedure so I was able to take the garment off. I knew I was going to be swollen, but even with the swelling I could see visible results. I cried happy tears because I couldn't believe it. The nurses & doctor have been more than amazing throughout this process by checking in & making sure I am doing well. I cannot wait to see my results week after week! **Update** It's been about 10 months since my first procedure. I had my 2nd procedure 2 weeks ago on a totally different area! Much easier recovery since it was just arms and not my entire midsection. Soreness, but nothing keeping me from my everyday routine. I was back at work the next day with this procedure as well. Fabulous procedure, amazing staff, & life-long results that have made me so much more confident."- H.H. / Google / Sep 30, 2020
How Does a Lower Body LIft Work?
This procedure is done with general anesthesia, and many patients do require at least one night's stay under supervised care. The surgery time may be lengthy, lasting anywhere from 4 – 7 hours. The surgical incision is usually made along the area where you would wear your belt, which is why it is known as a circumferential 360 lift or beltectomy. After the incision is made by Dr. Hanz, liposuction will treat areas of excess fat and sagging skin will be trimmed. Then, the remaining skin will be draped tight and attached with surgical sutures. You will need to wear compression garments over the incisions to help create a slimmer appearance, as well as to control swelling, bleeding, and bruising.
What Can I Expect After My Lower Body Lift Surgery?
A lower body lift is classified as a major surgery. It will likely take you about two weeks to get back to everyday activities, and in certain patients, up to six months before getting back to more active movements, including aerobic exercise. Dr. Kevin Hanz or a member of his staff will go over caring for the wound so that scarring is minimized for the best results. While the recovery may feel long, your results can be extraordinary, providing you with a tighter, smoother body without the hanging, loose skin that prevents you from living a full life. Many patients feel it's one of the most life-changing elective surgeries available today.
Frequently Asked Questions about Lower Body Lift
How much will a lower body lift cost me?
The cost of a lower body lift procedure will vary in each patient. During your consultation, Dr. Hanz will be able to discuss a treatment plan that matches your goals and budget. Kevin R. Hanz, M.D. Aesthetic Plastic Surgery takes many payment methods and low-interest financing to make your lower body lift as easy to afford as possible.
Will I have visible scarring?
There are several factors that will determine the visibility of scarring you have after a lower body lift. Dr. Hanz designs incision points so they can be easily concealed by undergarments or in less visible areas, like the natural skin folds. Dr. Hanz or someone on his staff will discuss aftercare instructions, which will help your sutures heal properly so the scars eventually blend with your skin.
What can I expect during recovery?
After your lower body lift surgery, you will likely experience some inflammation and bruising in and around the treatment areas. Follow-up appointments will be important so Dr. Hanz can track your recovery.
When should I consider getting a lower body lift?
If you are considering a lower body lift, schedule a consultation with Dr. Hanz to learn more about the procedure and the right time for you to get one. You should be at or near a healthy, stable weight because losing or gaining a lot of weight after a lift can alter your appearance. Prior to surgery, Dr. Hanz will also perform a physical examination to make sure that you are healthy enough to recover properly.
Will I have to stay overnight in the hospital?
Usually, Dr. Hanz requires his patients to spend a minimum of one night in a hospital or medical facility after their lower body lift surgery. This overnight stay is to ensure your comfort and safety so your health can be monitored and your pain be controlled. Depending on the number of areas that are being addressed and how quickly you recover, Dr. Hanz might recommend you spend two or more nights. During your consultation, Dr. Hanz will discuss facilities where you can stay, as well as how long he thinks you may need to stay.
Transform Your Figure
Kevin R. Hanz, M.D. Aesthetic Plastic Surgery welcomes all weight loss patients to consult about our skin removal surgeries and the options for a lower body lift. Dr. Hanz takes pride and joy in working with our patients to make it to their final goals. If you are concerned about extra skin and sagging folds on the middle and lower sections of your body, you may be a candidate for lower body lift surgery. Contact us today for a consultation so we can explain this life-changing process with you.
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