Aging, heredity, and weight loss can cause the skin on the abdomen, waist, back, buttocks, and thighs to sag. If you have lost a significant amount of weight, you may have folds of skin that chafe and are unattractive. Even if you have lost a modest amount of weight, you may have some sagging skin on the lower body.
One of the most dramatic and fastest-growing plastic surgery procedures is a combination lower body lift and buttock lift to sculpt the stomach, remove love handles, and contour the waist, hips, thighs, and buttocks. During the buttock lift portion of the procedure, we can sometimes even use some of the excess skin to augment the upper buttocks.
The plastic surgeons at Summit Medical Group have extensive experience with lower body lift and buttock lift surgery. The skill and experience of your surgeon is very important in order to achieve a safe and aesthetically pleasing result.
The best candidates for lower body and buttock lift are men and women who are in relatively good shape except for loose skin or excess fat on the lower body that has not responded to exercise and dieting.
To create polished, balanced results, you may want to also have a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) and/or liposuction during your lower body lift and buttock lift. At times, some procedures can be combined so that you have fewer recovery periods and incidents of anesthesia.
If you intend to lose a significant amount of weight (10 or more pounds), you should postpone your lower body lift until you reach a healthier weight for your height. Otherwise, your lower body may lose tone again after the loss of weight, necessitating future procedures to remove excess skin.
At Summit Medical Group, we have developed a set of protocols to limit the pain and discomfort from this procedure. These protocols involve providing medications before, during, and after the surgery, as well as optimizing our patient care. We also use Exparel, a long-acting advanced local anesthetic, which extends your comfort after surgery.