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Lower Body Lift

Lower Body Lift - Central Park South, New York, NY

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Overview

The body lift, also known as belt lipectomy or circumferential 360, is a plastic surgery procedure designed to remove significant excess skin as well as fat from the torso. This procedure can improve loose, sagging skin and uneven contours of the abdomen, buttocks, waist, hips and thighs. The body lift is generally sought by individuals who are either unable to lose a significant amount of weight or who are left with lose, inelastic skin on much of the body due to childbirth, age or massive weight loss as with bariatric surgery. The body lift is an extensive procedure which essentially combines the techniques of abdominoplasty, liposuction, the thigh lift and the buttock lift. Dr. Dana Khuthaila, a plastic surgeon in Midtown Manhattan, personalizes each body lift surgery to the needs and goals of the patient.

Surgical Technique

During a lower body lift, an incision is made horizontally across the lower abdomen, circling the body. Through these incisions, excess fat pockets will be removed using liposuction and the underlying tissue and muscle will be pulled tight. An experienced surgeon will make every attempt to trim away as much loose skin as possible, while protecting the incision area to minimize scarring. 

During/After Surgery

All lower body lift surgeries are performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility. The duration of the surgery depends on how many procedures are performed and to what extent. It is common for a surgery of this nature to take 3-4 hours or longer. The recovery can also be quite trying. Most patients will be required to spend a couple of nights in the hospital. It could take 2 weeks or longer before work and normal activities can resume. A lower body lift can create a natural shape and a leaner, more toned figure. Patients who adhere to a healthy lifestyle can enjoy their surgical results for years.  

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Recovery Time  
2-3 Weeks
Average Procedure Time  
4-5 Hours
Post-op Follow-up  
1 Week
Procedure Recovery Location  
Out-Patient
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Lower Body Lift FAQs

How Bad is the Scarring?

While this procedure produces great results, scarring is inevitable. However, every effort is made to create clean incisions and leave a thin scar line. These incisions are also created low to follow the natural bikini line and keep them hidden if a bathing suit is worn. The scars will continue to heal and fade over time. Most patients feel their sleeker, tighter body outweighs the scarring.

Is This Surgery Painful?

Because of the extent of this procedure, patients may feel discomfort during the recovery process. For this reason, patients are required to stay in the hospital for a couple of days to be monitored and will be prescribed pain medication to help minimize pain and discomfort.

Will Insurance Apply?

Yes, insurance may cover some portion of a body lift procedure.  For massive weight loss patients, there may be chronic skin infections or other issues caused by obesity. This varies by patient condition, insurance policy and procedure. Patient benefits will be discussed during the pre-op meeting with one of our billing and insurance coordinators. 

Best Time for Surgery?

Individuals contemplating a lower body lift will need to be at or near their goal weight. If they anticipate losing a significant amount of weight, this needs to happen first. Once the weight has been lost, a physical will be required to ensure the body has stabilized enough to endure surgery.

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