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Lower Body Lift

Lower body lift and buttock lift sculpt the stomach, remove love handles, and contour the waist, hips, thighs, and buttocks.

Lower Body Lift


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.

Your Consultation

Your Lower Body Lift Consultation at Summit Medical Group

When you meet with us for your lower body lift and buttock lift consultation, we will have an honest discussion about your desires, expectations, and concerns, as well as the limits and risks of the procedures. We will review your medical history and recommend options that can best help you achieve your goals. We will give you thorough written instructions to prepare for your surgery and will answer any questions you have.

At Summit Medical Group, the patient experience is of primary importance to us. We customize every single procedure we do so that it is tailored to what is best for you and you alone.

What to Expect

What to Expect from your Lower Body Lift / Buttock Lift

Lower body lift and buttock lift surgery is performed using a general anesthetic, and some patients choose to stay in the hospital overnight. The procedure generally lasts 4 to 5 hours.

During a lower body lift and buttock lift, your surgeon will make the incisions as low on the body as possible so that the scars can be hidden under clothing. In some cases, however, an incision must be made around the belt line of the waist, across the lower abdomen, and down the inner thighs. The procedure is highly customized based on your anatomy and what you wish to accomplish with the surgery.

Excess fat and skin are removed, and the body is sculpted through lifting, tightening, shaping, and smoothing the skin.

Liposuction is often performed to remove the excess fat. Tumescent fluid is introduced first to numb the area and reduce the chance of bleeding, as well as to loosen and soften the fatty tissues. This expansion of the fatty tissue allows the liposuction instrument to travel smoothly as it is moved in and out from beneath the skin in order to suction out the fat. The surgeon then inserts a small tube called a cannula to mechanically break down the excess fat.

If the upper buttocks are to be augmented at the same time, we use some of the tissue on the back that would normally be removed and fold it underneath the top layer of skin to give the buttocks a slight lift.

Your Recovery

Recovering from a Lower Body Lift / Buttock Lift

During lower body lift recovery, you can expect bruising, swelling, and some pain following surgery, but you can take oral prescription medications to manage the discomfort. We also provide medication to avoid blood clots, which must be taken for about 2 weeks.

Several drain tubes will be placed under the skin for about 1 week to prevent fluid from collecting around the incisions. You may only need light dressings, but you must wear compression garments for 2 to 4 weeks that apply pressure to the incisions and prevent excessive swelling. These garments also help your skin adjust to its new contours. We will, of course, monitor your healing progress in follow-up visits.

Within a week, you should be able to return to most of your activities, including work, as long as your job is not strenuous. Within 2 weeks, you can resume most all of your previous activities, except for very vigorous exercise and sports, which you should avoid for 6 to 8 weeks.

Although lower body lift scars are long, they usually fade a great deal over time. We take great care to reduce scarring as much as possible. We apply scar cream and perform massage, and we also usually provide cortisone injections anywhere on the incisions where the skin might thicken. This prevents the scars from becoming raised and prominent. You may also be able to receive a laser scar revision procedure sometime after your surgery to further reduce the appearance of your scars.


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