Lower Body Lift

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    Lower Body Lift

    Lower body lift, also known as a belt lipectomy, is a surgical procedure that aims to reshape a patient’s buttocks, abdomen, thighs, and hips. Ted Lockwood developed this improvised high lateral tension tummy tuck procedure. It extends the tummy tuck slit entirely around the lower torso. 

    The procedure involves re-suspension of the anterior and lateral thighs. It gets combined with the initial tummy tuck advantages, focusing on the abdomen, buttocks, and upper thighs. The current concept expanded and added the medial thigh lift as well. 

    Possible Causes

    The skin folds for which lower body lift is suggested are not just unappealing, but they can also cause other problems, such as:

    • Discomfort
    • Trouble walking
    • Problems with hygiene
    • Trouble with sexual activity
    • Swelling or rash

    Risk Factors

    Some of the risks associated with lipectomy are:

    • Problems with wound healing
    • Heavy bleeding
    • Infection
    • Nerve damage
    • Problems with anesthesia

    Signs and Symptoms

    When to choose lower body lift? Not everybody needs to consider a lower body lift. There are exceptional cases where a patient requires a lower body lift. Those cases could be:

    • If one evidences a dramatic weight loss after undergoing bariatric surgery or following diets.
    • One carries comparatively thin layers of fat under the skin in the buttock, thigh, hips, and abdomen areas.
    • Excessive overhanging skin in the lower body limits movement or causes rashes, infection, or severe chafing.
    • If the sagging skin of the lower body causes distress.
    • One who feels a lack of confidence considering it as a flaw.  


    A typical diagnosis before belt lipectomy includes consultation and a clear idea about the results. Some lab tests may also be required before your treatment. Several weeks before the procedure, our doctor will likely advise you to stop using certain medications, such as blood thinners and some pain relievers.

    Treatment Options at 7DMC

    Lower body lift surgery doesn’t require any special initial preparation clinically. One can practice the requirements like following a proper diet easily at home. Following precautions are taken by our specialists on the day of surgery and in preparation for the patient:

    • To understand if the patient is eligible for the surgery, our experts prepare a pre-op area. Then our anesthesiologist and surgeon take a final look over their medical and labs history.
    • After the first step, special attention is given to blood clot prevention. 
    • Our experts then draw the tentative markings on the skin needed to get excised. The operative team then takes the patient to the OT room and persuades anesthesia.
    • The bulk of the surgery includes closure of the wound in various layers. Following the former procedure, the surgeon applies the required dressings. 
    • After the surgery, the experts recommend a minimum overnight stay to monitor the patient’s reaction to the surgery. 

    As per our professionals, the patient doesn’t need to follow any such strict restrictions. Simple recovering medications and few precautions are enough. After the surgery, surgeons themselves suggest what sort of physical activities and food habits one needs to follow and avoid based on the patient’s current situation.   


    Frequently asked questions

    Every medical procedure comes with both advantages and drawbacks. Similarly, a lower body lift also has some pros and cons:


    • The loose skin gets eliminated, and the contour sculpted makes the weight loss results visible.
    • A better physical appearance welcomes improved self-esteem.
    • After removing the overhanging skin, there are no further infections or rashes.


    • This surgical procedure requires a lengthy recovery.
    • One might need few days of hospitalization after the surgery or skilled nursing care. 
    • Stubborn scars in the bikini line. 

    It may take 2 to 4 months for the incision to heal from both inside and outside. The puckering of the incisions gets smooth out over several months. However, the scar may remain wide and red anywhere from 6 months to 1 year after surgery.

    Patients can lose anywhere between 50 to 100 pounds. Some have reportedly lost 150 pounds.