About Lower Body Lift Surgery
A surgical lower body lift is a body contouring procedure that removes loose skin and fat to reshape and lift specific sections of the body that have been altered by pregnancy and weight loss. This surgery concentrates on the middle and lower body, including the abdomen, buttocks, lower back, flanks, and upper thighs. Depending on the amount of skin needed to be removed, a circumferential incision will be made. Because this type of incision permits the greatest amount of skin excision and lift, this procedure can dramatically reshape a patient’s lower body. Board-certified plastic surgeon Roderick M. Urbaniak, M.D. has extensive training with performing body contouring surgeries, making him an ideal choice to achieve your cosmetic goals. In many cases, this surgery allows patients to not only reach their weight loss goals but also complete their transformation. Contact Urbaniak Plastic Surgery in Largo, FL to learn more about this life-changing solution to excess skin.
Ideal candidates for this surgery are typically men or women who have lost a large amount of weight and now experience different challenges, including loose, wrinkled skin on the buttocks and upper thighs, hanging skin on the abdomen, and saggy skin throughout the core. If you are a candidate for this procedure, it is important to have realistic expectation of your outcomes. Your possibilities will be discussed with Dr. Roderick Urbaniak during your one-on-one consultation. Scarring is to be expected with this surgery due to the large incisions that need to be made. This procedure also requires a lengthy recovery period compared to other cosmetic surgeries, so it's important to plan accordingly if you work or have small children. Additionally, it's critical that you are at and maintaining a healthy weight when considering this surgery.
This procedure is completed with the patient under general anesthesia, and many patients will be required to have an overnight stay under supervised care. The time length of the surgery can be long, lasting anywhere from 4 – 7 hours. The incision is usually placed along where a belt would be worn, which is why it's also known as a beltectomy or circumferential lift. Once the incision has been carefully made by Dr. Roderick Urbaniak, liposuction will be performed to eliminate any excess fat. Finally, any excess, hanging skin will be excised. The remaining skin then will be draped tight and secured with surgical sutures. Compression garments will be placed over the treated area to help create a slimmer appearance and to control any bleeding, swelling, and bruising.
What to Expect
A lower body lift is considered a major surgery. It takes most patients about two weeks to resume basic activities. In some cases, it can take up to six months before you will be ready to get back to more strenuous movements, like aerobic exercise. Roderick M. Urbaniak, M.D. or a member of his staff will carefully go over post-recovery instructions and information on wound care so that your scarring can heal effectively and fade well. While the recovery can be lengthy, the results are extraordinary. This procedure leaves patients with a smoother, tighter body without the hanging, loose skin that holds them back from enjoying a full life. Most people feel it is one of the most life-changing aesthetic procedures offered today, especially for those who have lost a significant amount of weight and are hindered by the extra weight of loose skin.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a lower body lift cost?
Your costs for a lower body lift procedure will vary. During your consultation, Dr. Roderick Urbaniak will create a treatment plan that suits your situation and goals. Urbaniak Plastic Surgery accepts many payment methods, including low-interest financing to make your lower body lift easier to afford.
Will I have visible scarring?
Many factors can contribute to the visibility of scarring you have after a lower body lift. Dr. Roderick Urbaniak places incisions so they are either easily concealed in less visible areas (like in natural skin folds) or where they will be covered by undergarments. Dr. Urbaniak or a member of his team will give you aftercare instructions regarding how to help your stitches heal properly. This way, your scars will heal flat and eventually blend with your skin.
What can I expect during recovery?
After a lower body lift surgery, you might experience some bruising and inflammation around the treatment areas. Attending follow-up appointments will be necessary so Dr. Roderick Urbaniak can track your process. It is important to contact our office if you notice any signs of an infection or experience any concerns.
When should I consider getting a lower body lift?
If you are considering a lower body lift, schedule a consultation with Dr. Roderick Urbaniak to learn more about the process and when it may be right for you to receive your treatment. You should be at or near a stable, healthy weight, since gaining or losing a large amount of weight once you've had a lift can alter your results. Prior to surgery, Dr. Urbaniak will perform a physical exam to ensure that you are healthy enough to recover properly.
Will I have to stay overnight in the hospital?
Generally, Dr. Roderick Urbaniak requires his patients to spend at least one night in a hospital or medical facility after lower body lift surgery. This inpatient stay is for your comfort and safety as your health is monitored and your pain controlled. Depending on the number of areas being addressed and your unique recovery speed, Dr. Urbaniak may recommend you to spend more than one night. During your consultation, we will let you know where you will be staying and estimate how long you will need to remain.
Plan Your Procedure
Transform Your Figure
Urbaniak Plastic Surgery employs some of the most highly skilled professionals in the cosmetic industry. Board-certified plastic surgeon Roderick M. Urbaniak, M.D. welcomes all weight loss patients to discuss our skin removal treatments and the options for lower body lift surgery. Our Largo, FL office sees patients all across the greater Clearwater area and takes great pride and joy in helping men and women alike reach their cosmetic goals. If you have excessive skin and loose folds on the mid and lower sections of your body, you may be a candidate for a lower body lift. Call today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Urbaniak so he can personally explain the benefits of this life-changing surgery with you.