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. Aesthetic plastic surgeon Dr. George Kouris is board certified in cosmetic plastic surgery and has special experience with lift surgeries. In ideal patients, a lower body lift surgery at Kouris M.D. Cosmetic Plastic Surgery in Hinsdale, IL helps people to not just achieve their weight goals but also to complete their overall transformation with a tight body that appears healthy and beautiful.
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 talked about with Dr. Kouris 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.
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"I Can Finally Feel Comfortable in my Own Skin...pain Free! - Dr. kouris and his staff were such a blessing to find. They were professional and comforting. I always felt like I was in good hands.I was diagnosed with Poland’s syndrome at age 16. My first surgery to try and correct my breast was at 17. Then again at 21. After 13 years of slight weight loss/gain, having a child, and just plain ageing my breast starting taking on old characteristics. The n..."- D. / RealSelf / Jan 21, 2019
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This surgery is performed with general anesthesia and most patients do require at least one night's stay on-site for recovery. 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. Kouris, liposuction will remove all excess fat and 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 bruising, bleeding, and swelling.
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 everyday activities, and in certain patients, as many as six months before a return to more vigorous movements, including exercise. Dr. Kouris or a member of his staff will provide very detailed instructions and information on caring for the wounds so that scars are minimized as much as possible. While the recovery period may feel long, the results can 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 in each patient. In your initial consultation, Dr. Kouris will be able to discuss a surgical plan that can fit your needs and budget. Kouris M.D. Cosmetic 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?
A few factors will determine how many scars you have and their visibility after a lower body lift. Dr. Kouris plans incision patterns so they can be easily concealed by undergarments or in less visible areas, like the natural skin folds. Dr. Kouris 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. Kouris can monitor your healing. It's crucial that you contact Kouris M.D. Cosmetic 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. Kouris 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. Kouris will also complete a physical examination to make sure that you're strong enough to undergo the procedure.
Will I have to stay overnight?
Most often, Dr. Kouris requires his patients to stay a minimum of one night in our on-site recovery suite following a lower body lift. This stay is to ensure your safety and comfort so your health can be monitored and your pain can be controlled. In your initial consultation, Dr. Kouris will discuss how long he thinks you may need to stay.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $24,000 - $30,000
- Recovery Time
- 3 – 4 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 4 – 6 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 2 – 6 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
Transform Your Figure
Kouris M.D. Cosmetic Plastic Surgery employs many skilled individuals in the cosmetic industry. Dr. Kouris invites all weight loss patients to consult about our skin removal procedures and your choices for a lower body lift. Kouris M.D. Cosmetic 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 with Dr. George Kouris to let him discuss this amazing process with you.