Lower Body Lift
Patients with excess skin that extends from the abdomen to the hips, and buttocks are candidates for a lower body lift or belt lipectomy. The body lift procedure, performed by Drs. Pinsky, Lickstein, and Austin, can dramatically transform and reshape the lower half of your body. The components of a lower body lift include an abdominoplasty, lateral thigh lift, and buttock lift.
Why A Body Lift?
- Extra Skin Associated With Weight Loss: For people who have experience a significant weight loss through diet and exercise or surgery, they can be left with excess skin. A body lift procedure can remove this excess skin and help the person achieve the svelte, smooth figure they have been working toward.
- Post Baby Body: Having a baby can leave a mother with sagging, loose skin and pesky fatty deposits that resist diet and exercise. A body lift can help by targeting these areas associated with pregnancy and get mommy back to her pre-baby body.
- Improved Self-Image: As with many cosmetic procedures, great looking results can boost a person’s self-esteem. Feeling better about one’s self is vital to one’s mental health and can give a person the confidence they lack both professionally and personally.
Why Choose Pinsky & Lickstein?
- Advanced Techniques and Technology: The medical field is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. Modern science evolves at a rapid pace and you want a plastic surgeon that stays up-to-date with the most advanced techniques and technology. We pride ourselves on staying current with the newest trends and procedures to ensure the best possible results for their clients.
- Board Certified Plastic Surgeons: The first sign that you have found the right plastic surgeon is that they are board-certified. A board certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Pinsky and Dr.
- Lickstein have proven their merit and met the rigorous demands of the medical community. Only the top surgeons earn a board certification.
- An Artistic Eye: Plastic surgery is more than a medical procedure, it is body aesthetic art. You want a surgeon who embraces the artistic aspects of your procedure to ensure the most natural looking results. Both Dr. Pinsky and Dr. Lickstein understand the balance between technical knowledge and an artistic touch. See the results of their work in the before and after galleries provided on the website.
- Stress-Free Consultations: When you consult with Dr. Pinsky or Dr. Lickstein you will never be pressured to move forward before you are ready or to undergo unnecessary cosmetic procedures.
The lower body lift procedure is not a substitute for weight loss. Patients planning to lose weight should be close to achieving their goal prior to undergoing surgery. If you are planning to become pregnant in the near future, you may wish to postpone the procedure until after you have had children.
The lower body lift is typically performed in a hospital, and patients stay overnight. The operation takes three to six hours, and requires general anesthesia. The incisions extend from the abdominoplasty location around the hips to the lower back. In addition to an abdominoplasty, the loose skin, and underlying fat of the hips and buttocks are removed. The remaining tissues are suspended or “lifted” to contour the appearance of the lower body. Liposuction may be utilized during the procedure for further contouring. The final scars are placed in a location such that they may be hidden by typical clothing.
Preparing For Your Lower Body Lift
Your initial consultation is very important. It is vital to talk about your expectations, and what the best approach is for you. You should be comfortable and able to speak honestly and openly with your surgeon about your desired outcome and goals. You will need to provide your medical history and also tell your doctor about any vitamins and/or medications, including over-the-counter, you are taking. Other items to tell your surgeon are if you smoke, have uncontrolled high blood pressure, allergies, blood clotting problems, or a tendency to form excessive scars. These issues can affect the results of your surgery.
At the time of your consultation, your plastic surgeon will examine your upper arms in several positions. Your skin tone and the degree of loose skin will be assessed. You will also be able to discuss whether brachioplasty can be combined with any other procedures in which you are interested.
Do not take products containing ibuprofen (such as Aspirin) for at least two weeks before and after your procedure. These medications thin the blood, which help headaches, but interfere with your body’s normal blood clotting and increases the risk of bruising and bleeding. Rather, use medications that contain acetaminophen (such as Tylenol). Your plastic surgeon will suggest that you stop smoking at least six weeks before your brachioplasty. Smoking constricts the small blood vessels in your skin, slows the healing process, and increases the risk of getting open wounds on your arms. Don’t drink alcohol for at least two weeks before and after surgery. Lowering your salt intake will help reduce swelling after surgery. Make sure to be hydrated and drink a lot of water to help flush toxins from your body both before and after your surgery. You must stop taking all vitamins and herbs for at least two weeks before your brachioplasty. Your surgeon will give you prescriptions to fill prior to your surgery date.
After Your Body Lift
Most patients will be able to go back to work 2 or 3 weeks after a lower body lift. Your doctor will decide with you the appropriate time frame for your recovery. Bruising is present right after your lower body lift will disappear within a few weeks, and some swelling can remain for up to 9 months. Numbness of the skin around the incisions is expected and can last for one or two years. Some skin sensation will often gradually returned. Scars may actually worsen for the first 3 to 6 weeks, but this is normal and to be expected. After 9 to 12 months have passed, the scar should begin to flatten and white in color. Scars can be hidden by most clothing and bathing suits.
You can shower two days after surgery and the discomfort is moderate. Pain medication will be prescribed by your surgeon to help minimize the pain, and subcutaneous pain catheters the deliver local anesthetic to the areas around the incision for several days. They are usually removed 3 days after your surgery. You should begin walking as it is possible to reduce swelling lower the risk of blood clots, and tone muscle. Sutures are removed 10 to 14 days after surgery, although most sutures are the dissolving type and do not require removal. Bandages are removed after one to four days, and the drains will be removed around the 14th day. If liposuction was performed, your surgeon may instruct you to wear a support garment for a recommended period of time.
After your body lift, you will see an immediate improvement in yoru shape. Final results vary from person to person and may not be seen for six months to a full year. The results after a lower body lift can be long lasting if you follow a balanced diet, maintain your weight, and exercise on a regular basis.