Your lower body's skin can be highly impacted by weight fluctuations from pregnancy or from the loss of a major amount of weight. For some, the skin on the thighs, abdomen, hips, and buttocks will not just "bounce back" to its pre-weight gain shape. There is a combination of cosmetic surgical procedures that can trim the excess of this skin on your lower body and then reposition the skin into a healthier, tighter contour. This process is called a lower body lift. Liposuction may also be added to the procedure list to remove excess pockets of fat.
Austin, TX board-certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon Dr. Ned Snyder IV can personalize a treatment plan just for your surgical needs. There may be surgical procedures and nonsurgical treatments at Snyder Plastic Surgery at The Breast and Body Center that can help amend your saggy, loose skin. Let us help you reach your aesthetic and weight loss goals with this 360º body contouring procedure. We have 3 locations in Round Rock, and Austin, TX for you to have a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Snyder.
A lower body lift is sometimes called a belt lipectomy as the incision is made around the belt area surrounding the lower torso. The incision is extended to the buttocks and thighs. Loose, saggy skin will be trimmed away and the remaining skin will be lifted and secured by sutures. Liposuction may be used if there’s excess fat. There are also cases when the fat harvested from liposuction is reinstated into the buttocks for an instant butt lift. These procedures may be combined in one session, or they may be staged depending on the patient’s circumstance.
"I had an amazing experience with beautiful results - I couldn’t be happier with my breast augmentation results. Everyone that I met from my first consultation to my post follow up after surgery were extremely helpful and informative. Dr. Snyder himself is an amazing surgeon. My results are perfect and better than I ever could have imagined. I highly recommend him if you are thinking about this procedure. His PA, Jen was extremely helpful and informative as well. The facilities from Dr. Snyder’s office to the surgical site used were clean, beautiful and comfortable. I felt well taken care the entire time and am thrilled with my results."- Anonymous / Vitals / Mar 08, 2018
"Dr. Snyder, his P.A. Jen, Laurene, and the entire staff have been the most outstanding and accommodating medical professionals with whom I have ever interacted. They go above and beyond in virtually every way I can imagine. The facilities are updated and pristine. They are kind and genuinely care for their patients. I have had two major surgeries after almost 200 pounds of weight loss and, while the recovery after those procedures was always going to be long and difficult, Dr. Snyder and his staff has made all the work more than worth it. I would give more than 5 stars if I could. -Justin"- J.T. / Yelp / Jul 05, 2019
"Dr. Snyder and his PA, Jenn, were excellent. I was consistently treated with compassion and dignity. RNs and office staff were also excellent! I had a double mastectomy with DIEP flap reconstruction. The results were amazing, and included 3D nipple tattoos."- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Jul 03, 2019
"Amazing results. Great doctor. Could not have asked for more. Removed old implants and lifted breasts. So remarkable. Ned Snyder the one to go to."- J.B. / Yelp / May 02, 2019
"Ready to fix my arms! Scheduled May 22 - I have friends ballyhoos made the play now and decided to do so something about my arms. Lost 115 lbs 13 year ago and had tummy tuck and breast lift 10 years ago. READY to fix my arms! Scheduled may 22"- N. / RealSelf / Apr 27, 2019
During/After the Procedure
The lower body lift procedure is performed under general anesthesia and requires an overnight stay in a hospital or accredited surgical facility. Due to its nature, a spinal anesthesia may also be administered. The surgery lasts from 5 – 8 hours depending on the number of procedures performed. Patients, who have a lower body lift, will experience a slow recovery process. Aside from extensive incisions, the body and skin need adequate time to adjust to their new positions created by the surgery. Most patients will need 2 – 3 weeks before returning to a light routine. It can take up to a full year for the final results of this surgery to appear.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $5,000 - $18,000
- Recovery Time
- 2 – 6 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 3 – 4 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 7 Days
- Procedure Recovery Location
Lower Body Lift FAQs
A lower body lift creates great results for patients, leaving the body tighter and smoother. Unfortunately, scarring is unavoidable with this surgery. For most patients, the scar will run around the torso and extend to the hips, buttocks, and thighs. A skilled and trained plastic surgeon, like Dr. Snyder, will make every effort to create clean, thin incision lines. These lines will produce scarring that will be patterned similarly to a g-string. Once they heal, they will be concealed by undergarments.
This surgery is performed under general anesthesia. It common during is the post-operation period that the patient will feel pain and discomfort. The healing of wounds is also slow. The patient must limit movement during the first week to avoid the risk of stretching the incision line. This is the most common complication after surgery. Pain medications will be given to help the patient cope. A compression garment is also worn to help the patient in reducing discomfort.
Does Insurance Cover This?
If it is proven that this surgery is medically necessary to attain a better quality of life, some insurance providers may cover a portion of the cost. There is no guarantee that coverage will be applicable. Our billing and insurance coordinators at Snyder Plastic Surgery at The Breast and Body Center will work with the insurance company to determine coverage benefits.
When to Undergo Surgery?
It is recommended that anyone who is considering a lower body lift should be at or near his or her goal weight. If the loose skin is caused by pregnancy, it is best to postpone this type of surgery until all additional pregnancies have been completed. Any additional episode of significant weight gain may compromise the results of the surgery.