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.
"I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Dr. Kouris and his team! From the moment I spoke with Suzy the receptionist to book my appointment, to consulting with Nurse Sheila and Dr. George about procedure options, I felt comfortable and confident about my decision to move forward with Dr. Kouris. Dr. Kouris took his time and answered all of my questions and concerns. Dr. Kouris is a highly skilled, dedicated and caring physician who strives to do exceptional work in a safe manner. I very much appreciate Dr. Kouris!"- C. / Healthgrades / Jan 13, 2020
"I will start by mentioning that Dr. Kouris is an excellent doctor all-around. He is compassionate, very knowledgeable, extremely polite, and has a wonderful team - Sheila and Suzy are the best!I have known Dr. Kouris since 2017. I had 3 procedures - Breast reduction, Tummy Tuck and brow lift. I am 54 years old looking like i am in my 40s. I love all 3 of my procedures but my brow lift is incredibly natural. No one realizes what I had done. I am receiving compliments about how young I look. Ultimately, I believe the doctor that makes you look younger and feel extremely confident in your own skin has a magic touch! I highly recommend him to anyone who is in the search of doing any plastic surgery. Give Dr. Kouris a shot, you will not be disappointed."- M.K. / Google / Dec 27, 2019
"I have never been so assured of a doctor's capabilities. Dr. Kouris is kind, patient, and dedicated. His knowledge and demeanor put me at ease right away. I will always be grateful that he is in my life."- A.G. / Google / Dec 23, 2019
"I recently had some elective surgery with Dr Kouris. He listened very carefully to my hopes and concerns, and we came up with a plan. I could not be more pleased with the results. I felt like I was in very capable hands with Dr Kouris, his nurse Sheila, and the whole office staff from start to finish. I will definitely recommend Dr Kouris to anyone searching for a qualified plastic surgeon."- M.S. / Google / Dec 20, 2019
"UPDATE: The clinic called me back and asked if I could come in for complementary Botox to make up for the previous problems. The appointment went well. I met with Dr. Kouris and let him know that he didn't have to completely comp the Botox but he insisted and profusely apologized. He is a nice man and he truly care about his patients and their time. Kudos to him for making things right:) I’ll start with saying that I hardly ever write a poor review. However, I am very disappointed with this clinic. I made an appointment over a month ago for the 12th of December and let the receptionist know that I would be coming in during my lunch break. She assured me that they would be able to see me in a timely manner. I was supposed to be receiving a consult for skincare as well as Botox. Eight days before my appointment, I was contacted by Dr. Kouris’ receptionist reminding me of my appointment on the 5th. I let her know that she was mistaken that my appointment was made for the 12th as my husband was out of town during the 5th and I would not have made an appointment for that day. She apologized and updated her schedule for the 12th. On the 9th I was once again contacted by the receptionist letting me know that the individual who would be assisting with the skincare consult would be out of the country on the 12th and would not be able to see me during my appointment and let me know that I would need to make another appointment to see her. I was a bit bothered by this given this was the second “mishap” with scheduling but she let me know that she would have the person give me a call the following day so I could at least speak with her. I thought it was a nice gesture, so I agreed. I was able speak with the individual but as expected, she ultimately said she would need to see me to make any definite suggestions. Well, today I showed up for my appointment at 12:00 and was given paperwork to complete. I let the receptionist know, once again, that I was on my lunch break and needed to be sure they were aware that I didn’t have much time. She let me know that she would remind the clinic team and not to worry, they would get me back in time. Well, 45 minutes later, I was still waiting to see someone from the clinic staff. I had to leave before seeing anyone. The receptionist said “Sorry, we had another patient JUST stall everything”. I told her that I was more bothered by the fact that nothing had been communicated to me than the fact that they were running behind. I was also bothered by the receptionist lack of concern that I had to leave before being seen. I would expect more than a simple “sorry”. The explanation was only given after I prompted for more information. A clinic that allows the receptionist to be the face of the organization should strive for a more sympathetic, organized, communicative, individual."- E.Z. / Google / Dec 20, 2019
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.