About Lower Body Lift Surgery
Lower body lift surgery is a contouring procedure that eliminates hanging skin and fat to lift and reshape common parts of the body changed by age, weight loss, and pregnancy. Lower body lift surgery focuses on the mid and low body, including the buttocks, stomach, flanks, low back, and thighs. According to the desired amount of skin removal, an incision all the way around the waist may be performed, which grants the highest amount of lift and skin excision. A lower body lift is a major treatment that can recontour a patient’s lower half of the body. In ideal patients, a lower body lift at Phillip Dauwe, M.D. Plastic Surgery in Dallas, TX helps people to not just achieve their weight goals but also to finalize their complete transformation with a tight body that appears healthy and beautiful. Call today to schedule a consult with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Phillip Dauwe.
The best candidates for lower body lift surgery are generally people who have lost a sizeable amount of weight and are now dealing with other cosmetic challenges. These new challenges may be wrinkled loose skin on the upper thighs and buttocks, skin that hangs on the stomach, as well as sagging skin across the middle section. For those who are considering this surgery, it's helpful to understand realistic goals, which can be talked about with Dr. Dauwe during your consultation appointment. First, scars are a result of this surgery because of the size of the incisions. Secondly, the surgery does need a longer recovery period versus many other elective surgeries, which is why it's helpful to prepare in regards to work and family care. Lastly, it's necessary that you are at or near a stable weight before undergoing lower body lift surgery.
Lower Body Lift Reviews
"Very impressed - Can't thank Dr. Dauwe enough for his attention to detail. He carefully explained everything to expect, the exact plans for before, during and after the surgery. Very relatable and continues to stay in contact with me to check in on me-needless to say, an incredible bedside manner. I trust him and his work. My scar lines are done wonderfully. I highly recommend him! He did a Lower body lift..."- A. / RealSelf / Feb 28, 2017
"I absolutely love my results from my tummy tuck/lower body lift. I had 11.5 lbs of skin removed after major weight loss, and Dr. Dauwe sculpted me into a whole new beautiful body. His staff is BEYOND AMAZING! I can't wait to have Dr. Dauwe sculpt my breasts and arms next. I would recommend him to EVERYONE. My skin removal changed my life, and I think Dr. Dauwe is THE BEST!!!"- L.C. / Google / Apr 15, 2019
"Dr. Dauwe is AMAZING! - I absolutely love my results from my tummy tuck/lower body lift. I had 11.5 lbs of skin removed after major weight loss, and Dr. Dauwe sculpted me into a whole new beautiful body. His staff is BEYOND AMAZING! I can't wait to have Dr. Dauwe sculpt my breasts and arms next. I would recommend him to EVERYONE. My skin removal changed my life, and I think Dr. Dauwe is THE BEST!!!"- D. / RealSelf / Apr 15, 2019
This surgery is done with general anesthesia and typically, patients need at least one night's stay in a medical facility. The surgery usually takes about 4 - 5 hours. After the incision is precisely made by Dr. Dauwe, surgical liposuction will treat areas of excess fat and sagging skin will be trimmed. Then the remaining skin will be stretched taut and attached with stitches. Compression garments may be worn over the lower body to help create a trimmer result, as well as to minimize swelling, bruising, and bleeding.
What to Expect
A lower body lift is classified as an advanced cosmetic procedure. It takes many patients at least two or more weeks to get back to simple activities, and in certain patients, as many as six weeks before they can get back to more active movements including exercise. Dr. Phillip Dauwe or a member of his staff will discuss clear instructions and information on caring for the wound so that scars are healed for seamless results. 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 prevents them from experiencing their best life. Many patients feel it's one of the most valuable elective surgeries available today.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a lower body lift cost?
The cost of lower body lift surgery will vary for each patient. In your initial consultation, Dr. Dauwe will develop a surgical plan that matches your goals and budget. Phillip Dauwe, M.D. Plastic Surgery takes several payment methods and low-interest financing to make your surgical lift easy to afford.
Will I have visible scarring?
There are several factors that will determine how many scars you have and their visibility after a lower body lift. Dr. Dauwe plans incision points so they can be easily concealed by undergarments or in less visible areas like the natural skin folds. Dr. Dauwe or someone on his staff will discuss post-surgery instructions, which will help your sutures heal correctly so the scars are smooth and, in time, blend into your skin.
What can I expect during recovery?
Following your lower body lift, you will likely have moderate inflammation and bruising in and around the treated areas. Appointments for follow-up exams are important so Dr. Dauwe can monitor your recovery. It's crucial that you contact Phillip Dauwe, M.D. Plastic Surgery if you see any symptoms of an infection or if 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. Dauwe 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 sustainable weight because losing or gaining a lot of weight following a lift can impact your appearance. Before surgery, Dr. Dauwe will also complete a physical assessment to make sure that you're strong enough to undergo the procedure.
Will I have to stay overnight in the hospital?
Typically, Dr. Dauwe requires his patients to stay a minimum of one night in a medical facility following surgery. This overnight stay is to ensure your safety and comfort, as your pain is controlled and your health is monitored. Based on the number of areas that are being treated and your overall health after surgery, Dr. Dauwe might suggest you stay two or more nights. In your initial consultation, Dr. Dauwe will talk about facilities where you should stay, as well as how long he thinks you may need to stay.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 4 – 6 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 4 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- Week 2 & 6, Month 3, 6, & 12
- Procedure Recovery Location
- Overnight Stay
Transform Your Figure
Phillip Dauwe, M.D. Plastic Surgery employs many highly experienced staff in the cosmetic industry. Dr. Phillip Dauwe invites all weight loss patients to learn more about our skin removal surgeries and your choices for a lower body lift. Phillip Dauwe, M.D. Plastic Surgery takes pride and joy in working with our patients to attain their aesthetic goals. If you are concerned about extra skin and sagging folds on the middle or lower areas of your body, you could be a candidate for lower body lift surgery. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Phillip Dauwe and let him go over this amazing treatment with you.