About Lower Body Lift Surgery
A lower body lift is a contouring procedure that removes excess skin and fat to lift and reshape certain areas of the body affected by weight loss or pregnancy. The surgery targets the mid and the lower body, including the buttocks, stomach, flanks, low back, and thighs. Depending upon how much skin removal is required, an incision all the way around the waist may be performed, which allows the highest amount of lift and skin excision. A lower body lift is a major surgery that can redefine a patient's lower half of the body. Board-certified Houston plastic surgeon Dr. Derek Lou has special experience with lift surgeries. In ideal patients, a lower body lift surgery at Lou Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX helps people to not just achieve their weight goals but also to complete their overall transformation with a tight body that appears healthy and normal.
The best candidates for lower body lift surgery are usually people who have lost a significant amount of weight and are battling new cosmetic challenges. These new challenges consist of wrinkled, loose skin on the upper thighs and buttocks, skin that hangs on the stomach, and sagging skin across the midsection. For those who are considering this surgery, it's important to understand realistic expectations, which can be discussed with Dr. Lou during your initial consultation. First, scars are a result of this surgery because of the size of the incisions. Next, the surgery does have a longer recovery period versus most elective surgeries, which is why it's helpful to prepare in regard to work and family care. Lastly, it's important that you are at or near your healthy goal weight before undergoing lower body lift surgery.
"Dr. Lou was great! He completely put me at ease. I had something done that I thought would be more complicated. He explained the procedure and said it could be done in his office in a 30 minute time span. So easy! Now I regret waiting so long."- A. / Healthgrades / Jan 10, 2019
"Dr. Lou and Erica are simply amazing! Dr. Lou is not only a very talented surgeon he is a very patient, nice, and comforting Dr. Him and Erica never made me feel rushed or like I was asking too many questions and made me feel completely comfortable, I love them and am forever grateful to them for changing my life. Allie has been wonderful with post op treatments as well, could not ask for a better team than Lou Plastic Surgery!"- S.H. / Google / Oct 16, 2019
"Dr. Lou and his team are absolutely phenomenal and were God sent. I'd previously considered another surgeon for my procedure but didn't feel quite comfortable with him. So, I searched my insurance portal, and found Dr. Lou. I respect how he believes in knowing exactly what he's going into before a surgical procedure. Therefore, I was scheduled to have several CAT scans done before cutting into the unknown. He was very attentive during my healing process, and even came to my aid on Christmas day to check on me. His right hand person/office manager, Erica is more kind than I can express! She assured me that everything would go as planned, and ALWAYS greeted me with a smile....she even took out time to listen to me speak about my past moments of depression due to my displeasure with my body. What more can I say? Dr. Lou is an absolutely AMAZING and extremely CARING surgeon!! I'd choose this practice all over again if need be."- C.Y. / Google / Oct 12, 2019
"I saw Dr. Lou for a second opinion after an incident involving my thumb. There's a long story behind how the injury got so bad, but finding Dr. Lou was the best thing that ever happened to me. I only wish I had known him at the onset of this ordeal. The day before I met Dr. Lou, another doctor (at a clinic) was trying to convince me to go into emergency surgery to open my thumb up for what they said was infected very badly. Turns out, there was no infection at all, which was exactly what Dr. Lou confirmed before the results even came back. Dr. Lou is the best in my opinion. A doctor has to be able to listen (and there was a lot of background to give him), have compassion for the patient (which I was totally convinced he cared about me, what I was going through and my fears) and still provide the best solution for the problem. He had to clean up (cut) my thumb pretty good (and by good - it wasn't pretty, but I felt nothing b/c I was numb), but I immediately started the down road to recovery which no other doctor (I had seen 3 already) could get me to. It's because of Dr. Lou and his staff that I write this long review. I haven't experienced anything this traumatic in my adult life! Some people would say "it's just a thumb"...but you don't realize how much you need a thumb until it's almost gone! I'm almost 100% healed and Dr. Lou and his nurses have guided me every step of the way. They make you feel like family and you just don't get better than that these days! Thank you for everything Dr. Lou, Erika and Allie!"- K.M. / Google / Oct 11, 2019
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This surgery is performed with general anesthesia and most patients do require at least one night's stay in the hospital. The surgery time may be quite lengthy, taking about 4 – 7 hours. The surgical incision is typically made along the area where a belt is worn, which is why it is known as a circumferential 360 or in some cases, a beltectomy. After the incision is precisely made by Dr. Lou, liposuction will remove all excess fat, and the loose skin will be gently trimmed away. Then the remaining skin will be pulled taut and attached with sutures. Compression garments may be worn over the incisions to help create a slimming result, as well as to minimize bleeding, swelling, and bruising.
What to Expect
Lower body lifts are classified as an advanced operation. It takes many patients around two or more weeks to get back to basic activities, and in certain patients, as many as six months before a return to more vigorous movements, including exercise. Dr. Lou or a member of his staff will provide very detailed instructions and information on caring for the wound so that scars are minimized as much as possible. While the recovery period may feel long, the results will be extraordinary, providing patients with a tighter, smoother body without the loose, hanging skin that prevented them from living their best life. Many patients feel it's one of the most worthwhile cosmetic surgeries available today.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a lower body lift cost?
The price of lower body lift surgery will vary from patient to patient. During your initial consultation, Dr. Lou will be able to discuss a surgical plan that can fit your needs and budget. Lou Plastic Surgery takes several payment methods and low-interest medical financing to help make your treatment as affordable as possible.
Will I have visible scarring?
Many factors will determine how many scars you will have and their visibility after a lower body lift. Dr. Lou plans incision patterns so they can be easily concealed by undergarments or in less visible areas, like the natural skin folds. Dr. Lou or someone on his staff will provide you with post-surgery instructions, which will help your incisions heal correctly so the scars are smooth and, in time, blend into your normal skin.
What can I expect during recovery?
Following your lower body lift procedure, you may have moderate swelling and bruising in and around the treated areas. Appointments for follow-up exams are important so Dr. Lou can monitor your healing. It's crucial that you contact Lou Plastic Surgery if you experience any symptoms of an infection or you have any questions.
When should I consider getting a lower body lift?
When you're thinking about getting a surgical lift on your lower half, make an appointment with Dr. Lou to get more information about the procedure and the right time for you to schedule surgery. You need to be at or close to a healthy, stable weight because losing or gaining a significant amount of weight after a lower body lift can impact your appearance. Before surgery, Dr. Lou will also complete a physical examination to make sure that you're strong enough to undergo the procedure.
Will I have to stay overnight in the hospital?
Generally, Dr. Lou requires his patients to stay a minimum of one night in a medical facility following a lower body lift. This stay is to ensure your safety and comfort so your health can be monitored and your pain and be controlled. Based on the number of areas that are being treated and how quickly you recover, Dr. Lou might suggest you stay multiple nights. During your initial consultation, Dr. Lou will discuss how long he thinks you may need to stay.
Transform Your Figure
Dr. Derek Lou invites all Houston area weight loss patients to schedule consultations to discuss our skin removal procedures and choices for a lower body lift. Lou Plastic Surgery takes pride and joy in working with our patients to achieve their final goals. If you are concerned about extra skin and hanging folds on the middle to lower portion of your body, you could be a candidate for lower body lift surgery. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and let us discuss this amazing process with you.