What Is A Lower Body Lift?
Once you have successfully lost a large amount of weight, you may be left with inelastic skin that will not tighten on its own — no matter how many incredibly long hours you spend in the gym. You may want to consider a surgical solution to your loose skin with a lower body lift performed by Dr. William Vinyard, our board-certified cosmetic plastic surgeon in Port Saint Lucie, FL. A lower body lift combines a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), an outer thigh lift, and a butt lift, which will tighten and lift the skin creating a firmer and more contoured appearance. Also known as a body lift 360º or after weight loss skin surgery, the lower body lift involves an incision made around your lower body. This way the lift will involve the greatest amount of skin for excision and lift. In many cases, this surgery at Vinyard Institute of Plastic Surgery (VIPS) in allows patients to not only reach their weight loss goals but to finalize their complete transformation with a taut figure that looks healthy and beautiful.
Following massive weight loss (due to a combination of diet and exercise and/or a bariatric weight loss surgery), many men and women are left with skin that does not retract or tighten on its own. Excess skin can frequently remain in the lower abdomen, hips, outer thighs, and buttocks. A lower body lift can transform these areas. We do want to be very transparent about this surgical process and what it can realistically do for your body. First, scarring is a part of this journey due to the large incisions made around the body. Second, this procedure does need a longer recovery period compared to many other cosmetic surgeries, so it is important to plan ahead if you to work or have small children. Finally, it is necessary that you are at a stable weight when considering this surgery. Dr. Vinyard would like to give you the opportunity to have the insight into what the possibilities of a lower body lift can do for your life. Together, you and Dr. Vinyard can investigate potential surgical interventions that are life-changing. If you would like to learn more about skin tightening procedures at VIPS, please call and schedule a consultation.
WHO IS A CANDIDATE?
Ideal candidates for a lower body lift surgery are generally men or women who have lost at least 100 pounds or more of weight and are now dealing with the flaccid skin left over. If you are considering a skin tightening surgery, your challenges may be loose, wrinkled skin on the buttocks, upper thighs, lower abdomen, as well as old stretch marks throughout the middle section of the body. If you are a candidate for this procedure, it is helpful to have realistic goals, which can be discussed with Dr. Vinyard during your consultation appointment. You will also need to be in good health to withstand several hours under a general anesthesia and the recovery period after the procedure, which is longer than most cosmetic plastic surgeries.
If you have medical conditions that impede the healing process for wound recoveries like diabetes or a bleeding disorder, you may not be a great candidate for this procedure. To make sure you qualify for a lower body lift, Dr. Vinyard will ask a lot of questions about your health, medical history, and perform an examination of your skin to provide you with the genuine outcomes.
"It's impossible to find a finer surgeon! - I looked all over before I decided on Dr. Vinyard for my tummy tuck and breast lift. I work in the medical community so therefore it was important to me to pick a great doctor I could interact with before and after my surgery. Many of the plastic surgery practices in Florida are store front, strip malls with their own extremely questionable surgical suites and zero aftercare . This is not the case with Dr. Vinyard. While having surgery at an outpatient surgical center costs a little bit more, it saves you the headache of wondering how clean the room was and if you will be safe from post surgery infections. The surgical center where he operates is the finest in the area! I literally remember nothing from just moments after my IV was started until I arrived home. No time to be nervous about anything! When comparing surgeons, belly buttons and incisions are the main thing to look at after safety and overall aesthetics. It was important to me to look natural. Dr Vinyard really takes his time getting he incision line thin and symmetrical and I have yet to see him do a bellybutton that isn't perfect. My bellybutton is cuter now than it has ever been. I am thrilled with my results. He pulled my waist in beautifully and got rid of all the excess skin and fat above the stomach muscle with no lipo needed. I also need to mention my results with the breast lift. I went into my consultation thinking I may need a small implant ( which I was dreading because I don't like idea of something foreign inside me). Dr V was very honest with me and let me know I had plenty of tissue to get the look I wanted without additional implants, which was a huge relief. I am certain many other surgeons would have taken he opportunity to up-sell gummy implants. I found out after-the-fact that he trained under the top breast reconstruction specialists in the USA. This was a huge bonus. Initially the tummy tuck was the most important part of this MMO for me. Now I just love all the results!I can't end this review without praising the amazing staff at Plastic Surgery VIP's. Behind every great man there is a great woman, but in his case there are a half dozen great women! Being a patient at this practice truly is a concierge experience and it is because of them. Mary Louise and Gina are the best. They are so personable, caring and professional. Thank you ladies for holding my hand every step of the way."- J. / RealSelf / Dec 07, 2020
"The entire staff is wonderful and Dr Vinyard is great. He takes his time to explain procedures and ensure you are informed and comfortable with everything. Highly recommend!"- C.L. / Facebook / Dec 04, 2020
"Dr.Vinyard is a phenomenal doctor. I had and continue to have a great experience through my surgery and after my surgery. My mom, my daughter and I all had surgery done with Dr.Vinyard and we are so satisfied with our results and we would recommend him to anyone who is interested. His nurse practitioner Mary is very sweet, kind and patient! I love the mermaid team and there’s no one else I would go to but Dr.Vinyard he’s the best and takes his time and makes sure his work is done well!"- A.P. / Google / Dec 02, 2020
"incredibly amazing experience with no pain! - Incredible Wonderful experience!!! If I could give 10 stars I would! Let me start by saying I have done 14 years of research to find my PS and after my very first phone call to Dr Vinyard’s office after contacting various others I knew I found my surgeon. Not only is Dr Vinyard & Nurse Practitioner Mary Louise comforting, reassuring and educated, they are AMAZING! The office staff are also incredibly knowledgeable and ready to assist and answer any questions you may have. It is so comforting knowing that when you call your dr someone actual answers the phone.I was prepared for surgery with everything I needed to get me through each day. At Pre-op all the medication needed was sent in. I was shown how to take care of drains and supplies needed for post op were apart of the wonderful app My Touch MD. I am so thrilled that I found my forever PS & staff. I am currently 2 weeks post op with NO PAIN! Look no further VIPS is where you need to be! The best care EVER!"- R. / RealSelf / Nov 11, 2020
"I am a breast cancer patient and in absolute love with V.I.P. The team is amazing and caring ❤ 😍 Dr. Vinyard is Amazing and love his singing. Thank you so very much for restoring not only my body but my piece of mind!"- S.M. / Facebook / Oct 28, 2020
What's The Technique?
A body lift involves much more area of the skin than a typical tummy tuck, butt lift, or outer thighplasty. It is an extended skin removal surgery that is performed under a general anesthesia for many hours. We require an overnight stay at a hospital or an accredited overnight outpatient surgical center for your immediate recovery period. A lower body lift can last 6 – 8 hours in the operating room. Dr. Vinyard will discuss with you in fine details how your surgery will proceed in your treatment planning sessions, which may include staging out the procedures to accommodate your body. He may suggest the following procedures for you:
The abdominoplasty portion of the procedure can involve the removal of redundant lower abdominal skin and the repair of the abdominal muscles, which have been stretched and separated from their original location.
The buttock lift can involve removing skin just above the buttock region, elevating the tissue, and affixing the tissue in its higher position. The surplus skin in the hip region can also be eliminated to tighten the waist and lateral thighs.
In a lower body lift, your outer thighs are targeted only for the removal of skin. If you are interested in an inner thigh lift, you need to discuss this at your consultation as well. The more incisions you have, the longer your recovery period will be afterward. Dr. Vinyard may recommend you have a second surgery later to address additional areas.
A lower body lift combines two very intensive surgeries (tummy tuck and butt lift) where the incision is commonly placed along where a belt would be worn, which is why it is sometimes known as a circumferential 360º lift or beltectomy. You will be positioned in two separate positions to complete each portion of the procedure. If the lower body lift is staged (separating the abdominoplasty and buttock lift into separate procedure dates), each lift procedures can be expected to take 3 – 4 hours on their own. Once the incisions (in their respective areas and positions) have been carefully made by Dr. Vinyard, surgical liposuction will treat areas of fat and skin will be trimmed. Then, the leftover skin will be pulled tight and secured with sutures. Compression garments will be placed over the lower body to help create a trimmer result and to control your post-operative bleeding, swelling, and bruising.
What Can I Expect?
A lower body lift is considered a major cosmetic procedure. It takes most patients at least two weeks to resume basic activities, and in some cases, up to six months before getting back into more active movements (like aerobic exercise). Dr. Vinyard or a member of his team will give you clear instructions and information on wound care to assist in the healing process. A lower body lift will take some time to recover from considering that you had two extensive cosmetic procedures at one time. It is best to plan to take at least two weeks off from work. At that time, you may be able to return to sedentary work only. You will be required to avoid heavy lifting and repetitive motions for at least a month. Most patients return to their usual daily activities in 6 – 8 weeks. While the recovery can seem lengthy, the results are extraordinary, leaving you with a smoother, tighter body without the hanging skin that prevents you from enjoying your figure and hard work.
Bruising can also persist for up to three weeks following a lower body lift. You will be wearing a compression garment that will provide support and reduce the swelling. Your clothing will easily conceal the bruising. The majority of the swelling will be gone at six weeks. You may experience the majority of the swelling during the first few weeks and will mostly be resolved in six weeks. However, your scars will continue to fade for up to two years following your surgery. At three months following your lower body lift, we take your first official "post-op" photos when you will be very close to your final results.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a lower body lift cost?
Pricing out the cost of a lower body lift will be different for each patient requesting a quote. Why? There are so many factors that will go into your procedure like the amount of time spent in surgery, the extent of the removal of your skin (with or without liposuction), the repositioning of the navel, and the repair of your stretched abdominal muscles are just to name a few. Dr. Vinyard appreciates your time spent in this appointment and the communication that occurs during your visit here.
You will be provided with a detailed quote at your consultation for review. The total cost of your lower body lift will include Dr. Vinyard's professional fee (for all pre and post-surgery office follow-up visits), facility fee, anesthesia fee, and surgical garment.
Will I have to stay overnight in the hospital?
The answer is most likely yes. A lower body lift is not a single procedure. It involves a very large treatment area and surgical excision that extend around your body. We recommended staying overnight in the hospital or an accredited overnight facility following a lower body lift. Dr. Vinyard can closely monitor your progress and post-operative nurses can manage your pain, follow your vital signs, address your incisions to prevent infection, and help you recover with exceptional care and compassion.
Will I have visible scarring?
There are several factors that can contribute to the amount of scarring you may experience after a lower body lift including your age, genetics, and skin color. At our practice, Dr. Vinyard will create incisions in areas that can be well hidden under your clothes. VIPS also will provide you with aftercare instructions on how to care for your skin to help your incisions heal properly for minimal scarring.
When should I consider getting a lower body lift?
When contemplating a lower body lift, there are a few things to consider before making the call to our office at VIPS. You should be at or near your goal weight. You will not be a candidate if you anticipate losing a significant amount of weight after surgery. Dropping more weight after a lower body lift will only negatively impact your surgical results. Also, keep in mind that you need to be in good physical health so that your body is strong and stable enough for this type of surgery.
Transform Your Figure
You have taken all of the steps to make life-changing improvements in your health by losing the weight and keeping it off. We welcome you to VIPS to learn more about our skin removal surgeries and the option of a lower body lift surgery. Our board-certified cosmetic plastic surgeon, Dr. Vinyard, takes great pride and joy in helping our patients to make it to their aesthetic goals after a significant weight loss. Call today for a consultation with Dr. Vinyard and allow him to go over this dynamic treatment with you at his private practice in Port Saint Lucie, FL.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 2 – 3 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 4 – 6 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 – 3 Days
- Procedure Recovery Location