Top New York plastic surgeon Dr. Darrick Antell is board certified in plastic surgery, emphasizing aesthetic / cosmetic surgery. One of the cosmetic surgery procedures he performs is the Lower Body Lift.
Lower Body Lift, is the removal of excess skin of the abdomen, waist, hips, buttock and thighs. If you are considering a lower body lift, this section will give you a basic understanding of the procedure.
Lower body lift is a technique to remove excess hanging skin from the abdomen, waist, hips, buttock and thighs usually after substantial weight loss.
If you're considering lower body lift, this information will give you a basic understanding of the procedure - when it can help, how it's performed, and what results you can expect. It can't answer all of your questions because a lot depends on the individual patient and the surgeon. Please ask your doctor about anything you don't understand.
Lower body lift can enhance your appearance and your self-confidence, but it won't necessarily change your looks to match your ideal, or cause other people to treat you differently. Before you decide to have surgery, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with your surgeon.
The best candidates for lower body lift are people with sagging skin of the abdomen, waist, hips, buttocks and thighs. You should be physically healthy, psychologically stable, and have realistic expectations.
Lower body lift is normally safe, as long as patients are carefully selected, the operating facility is properly equipped, and the physician is adequately trained in body contouring as well as general surgery.
Nevertheless, in rare instances, the procedure may cause trauma. Other infrequent, but possible, complications include fluid accumulation (which must be drained) and injury to the skin. Although serious complications are infrequent infection can lead to severe illness. You can reduce your risks by choosing a qualified plastic surgeon that has been granted privileges to perform lower body lift, and by closely following his or her advice.
In your initial consultation, the surgeon will evaluate your health, and carefully assess your skin tone. Your doctor should explain any alternative body-contouring methods that may be appropriate and discuss the options or the combination of procedures that would be best for you.
Be frank in discussing your expectations with your surgeon. He or she should be equally frank with you, describing the procedure in detail and explaining its risks and limitations. Your surgeon should also explain the anesthesia he or she will use, the type of facility where the surgery will be performed, and the costs involved.
During this consultation, be sure to tell your surgeon about any large weight losses or gains you've had at any time. You should also inform your surgeon if you smoke, and if you're taking any medications, vitamins, or other drugs.
Don't hesitate to ask your doctor any questions you may have, especially those regarding your expectations and concerns about the results.
Your surgeon will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, and taking or avoiding vitamins, iron tablets, and certain medications. If you develop a cold or an infection of any kind, especially a skin infection, your procedure will have to be postponed.
While you're making preparations, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery and, if needed, to help you out for a day or two.
Lower Body Lift may be performed in a surgeon's office-based facility, an outpatient surgery center, or a hospital. It's usually done on an outpatient basis for cost containment and convenience.
Lower Body Lift is an extensive surgical procedure. It is usually performed under general anesthesia. In any case, you'll sleep through the operation.
All body contouring procedures require incisions to remove excess skin. In many cases these incisions may be extensive. Incision length and pattern depends on the amount and location of excess skin to be removed, as well as personal preferences and your doctor’s surgical judgment.
Advanced techniques usually allow incisions to be placed in strategic locations where they can be hidden by most types of clothing, but this is not always the case.
Body contouring is often performed in stages. Your particular condition and goals, as well as your plastic surgeon’s best judgment, will all influence how your doctor defines a surgical plan.
The smoother, tighter contours that result from lower body lift contouring are apparent almost immediately, although initially obscured by swelling and bruising.
Lower body lift usually takes about three to five hours, but the time required may vary depending on the area and amount of skin being removed.
After your lower body lift procedure is completed, dressings and surgical garments will be applied. A drain may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain excess blood or fluid that may collect.
You may shower two days after your procedure. Your doctor may also prescribe antibiotics to prevent infection.
Don't expect to look or feel great right after surgery. All areas are swollen and bruised, and you may feel a burning sensation. Any discomfort can be controlled with medications prescribed by your surgeon if needed.
It's not unusual to feel depressed in the days or weeks following surgery. Try to keep in mind that this is normal and will subside as you begin to look and feel better.
Healing is a gradual process. Your surgeon will probably tell you to start walking around as soon as possible (to help prevent blood clots from forming in your legs), but to avoid more strenuous activity for two to four weeks. Any stitches will be removed in five to ten days or dissolve, and you should be back at work in 7-10 days, or as much as two weeks after your surgery. When you resume activity depends on the extent of your procedure, how you feel and what your doctor recommends.
While most of the swelling and discoloration will be gone a month or two after surgery, some swelling can remain for six months or more. Your surgeon will schedule follow-up visits to monitor your progress and to see if any additional procedures are needed.
If you have any unusual symptoms between visits — for example, heavy bleeding or a sudden increase in pain — or any questions about what you can and can’t do; don't hesitate to call your doctor.
Lower Body Lift is a highly effective technique for giving you a new body contour. The results are permanent, providing you eat sensibly and exercise regularly and do not gain weight.
Most patients are very satisfied with the results of their lower body lift — they feel more comfortable in a wide variety of clothes, and more at ease with their bodies. As long as your expectations are realistic, you should be happy with your new shape.
Dr. Darrick E. Antell and his staff will be happy to discuss Lower Body Lift Surgery with you. Please call for a private consultation or schedule an appointment online at our office.