Lower Body Lift

The lower body lift surgical procedure tightens loose, sagging skin in the buttocks, posterior thighs, hips, outer thighs, and anterior thighs.

It utilizes incisions which pass from the back around the hips to the front of the thighs.  The loose skin, as well as underlying fat tissue, is removed from below the incision to allow suspension of the remaining tissues to stretch and smooth the lower body, especially the buttocks and thighs.

The surgery begins in the back and requires repositioning during the surgery to address the hips and outer thighs and front of the thighs.  It can be combined with an abdominal skin tightening if needed.

If a previous tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) has been performed or is not needed, the lower body lift can be extended to tighten the inner thighs.

Am I a good candidate for lower body lift surgery?

Patients who benefit from lower body lift surgery have:

  • Loose skin in their buttocks and back of their thighs
  • Loose skin in their hips and side of their thighs
  • Loose skin in the front of their thighs
  • Loose abdominal skin or in their inner thighs
  • Relatively thin layers of fat below the skin of these areas
  • Acceptance of the thin scars around the waist
  • Patients who have had massive weight loss

Each patient’s anatomy and proportions of loose skin vary from individual to individual.  The decision to utilize lower body lifting techniques depends upon your goals and expectations as well as an examination by your surgeon.  This will help determine whether the lower body lift will achieve a satisfactory outcome for you.

Lower Body Lift Benefits/Advantages/Options

  • Multiple areas (buttocks, thighs, possibly abdomen) addressed in one single operation
  • Tightening extends lower in the back, side and front of thighs than other circumferential excisional procedures
  • Can be combined with breast surgery or arm contouring procedures
  • Can be combined with liposuction in selected areas


Lower Body Lift Frequently Asked Questions

Will lower body lift surgery be painful?

For the most part, pain is controlled by oral pain medications.  The first day of surgery, you may require injections or intravenous pain medications, but usually pain pills satisfactorily relieve discomfort after that.

Will there be scarring from body lift surgery?

There will be a scar along the incision.  It will be as thin as your surgeon can make it, using multiple layers of sutures to prevent spreading.  However, there will always be some evidence of the surgical incision.  Your surgeon may be able to show you pictures of the scar locations, as an example.

What are some typical short-term side effects from body contouring surgery?

Numbness or decreased sensation can occur in the upper buttocks or thighs and in the lower abdomen (if the abdomen is included in the body lift surgery) Seromas, collections of fluid (serum) under the skin may occur even after drain removal.  These may require removal by aspiration in the office using a syringe.  Swelling may require the use of compression garments around the waist and thighs for four to six weeks after surgery.

What type of anesthesia will be used for body lift surgery?

Body lift surgery is typically performed under a general anesthesia.  In this type of surgery, you would be put to sleep with an intravenous sedative.  After you are asleep, a breathing tube would be placed in your mouth to ensure that the airway is secure during the position changes necessary during the surgical body lift procedure.