Those who have experienced dramatic weight loss are often left with a considerable amount of loose skin around their stomach, hips, buttocks, and thighs. A lower body lift is a single procedure designed to remove and tighten the excess skin in these specific areas for patients who have lost a significant amount of weight as a result of bariatric surgery or other means.
The Dr. Shuster Approach
Serving Fort Lauderdale, Miami and South Florida
Dr. Shuster puts a great deal of attention to detail and symmetry into every lower body lift he performs. His extensive experience with this procedure allows him to achieve a dramatic transformation with unparalleled results.
Dr. Shuster’s goal with each lower body lift he performs, regardless of the amount of skin he needs to remove, is to place the incisions as inconspicuously as possible. The scar should always be able to be hidden easily by swimwear or underwear. He also uses specific, advanced techniques, keeping all of the sutures under the skin, so that the final result will be as fine as possible.
Dr. Shuster Views the Lower Body Lift as an Extension of the Tummy Tuck
This procedure not only flattens the stomach, but elevates the thighs and buttocks as well as contours the hips. It also improves the appearance of wrinkles and cellulite.
Often when there is laxity and redundancy of the abdominal wall soft tissue, there is also laxity and redundancy of the skin and soft tissue of the thighs and buttocks. This sagging of the buttocks, thighs, and flanks can distort the contour of the body as well as produce skin irregularities or cellulite.
A lower body lift is an extension of a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), which follows the bikini line around the entire body. In addition to the benefits of an abdominoplasty, it removes excess skin and fat and lifts the soft tissues of the thighs and buttocks. Dr. Shuster describes this procedure as a “face lift” for the body. It accomplishes more than just removing redundant skin. A lower body lift actually rejuvenates the appearance of the body by tightening the supportive soft tissues of the treated area and can also improve cellulite.
“Honestly he is a miracle worker. He did my arms and lower body lift and it looks beautiful. I have not felt so good about myself in years. Thank you Dr. Shuster!”
A Few Facts About the Lower Body Lift
- A lower body lift takes five to six hours to perform and patients spend two nights in the hospital for monitoring.
- Liposuction may be combined with a lower body lift to produce optimal results.
- Patients can usually return to work in two to three weeks.
The Dr. Shuster Difference
Dr. Shuster is a third-generation, board-certified plastic surgeon. His expertise, attention to detail, and patient-centered approach provide a highly personalized experience and unsurpassed results.
Dr. Shuster has over 20 years of experience with lower body lift surgeries. His degree of detail, subtlety, and naturalness makes his lower body lift results among the most impeccable to be found.
Like the other surgical procedures Dr. Shuster performs, it is beautiful results that have gained him a reputation for excellence throughout Florida. To see his results for yourself, please visit our lower body lift before and after gallery.
A Personalized Approach
During the consultation, Dr. Shuster will take into consideration your lower body and how it relates to your entire figure, as well as your personal goals so he can design an individualized plan to completely rejuvenate your body.
Dr. Shuster performs his surgeries at Memorial Regional Hospital South. His team has been with him for over 14 years and he has chosen them based on their excellence and expertise.
What You Need to Know
- What Is a Lower Body Lift?
- Lower Body Lift Candidates
- Your Lower Body Lift Procedure
- Recovery After a Lower Body Lift
- How Long Do Lower Body Lift Results Last?
What Is a Lower Body Lift?
A lower body lift is a circumferential procedure that follows the contour of the body. While a tummy tuck only addresses the abdominal area, a lower body lift also targets the thighs and buttocks. A lower body lift will provide more comprehensive results than a tummy tuck alone as it also incorporates an outer thigh lift and buttock lift. It is recommended for people who want to address sagging skin and cellulite in the thighs and buttocks as well as the abdomen.
A lower body lift accomplishes more than simply removing redundant skin. It rejuvenates the appearance of the body through tightening supportive soft tissue and improving cellulite.
Lower Body Lift Candidates
Candidates for a lower body lift have significant amounts of excess skin on the abdomen, thighs, and buttocks. They may also suffer from protruding abdominal muscles and excess fat in the abdominal area.
Good lower body lift candidates also:
- Do not smoke
- Are in good general health
- Are not planning on having more children
- Are able to maintain a healthy, stable weight
It’s important to realize that a lower body lift is a very complex and extensive procedure that requires a few days in the hospital, as well as a few weeks of recovery time. You’ll need to be able to take time off of work and entrust childcare, if needed, to someone else for at least a week, preferably two.
Your Lower Body Lift Procedure
Dr. Shuster performs all lower body lifts in a hospital setting, with the patient under general anesthesia. The surgery takes five to six hours, and patients will spend two nights in the hospital for recovery and monitoring.
During your lower body lift, Dr. Shuster will place all necessary incisions within the body’s natural contours so that they are as inconspicuous and easily hidden as possible. He’ll tighten the abdominal muscles and skin, and will remove excess skin for a smooth and beautiful contour.
Dr. Shuster occasionally uses liposuction during a lower body lift to help refine your body contour. He also uses a triple layer suturing technique to ensure scars heal as well as possible. Most patients end up with scars that are just faint lines, easily concealed under clothes.
Recovery After a Lower Body Lift
A lower body lift is a significant surgery. You will spend two days in the hospital, and most of our patients take two to three weeks off work to rest and recover. We will give you prescription medications to help with any pain or discomfort following your surgery.
While recovering, you should take care not to perform any activities that may place strain on your lower body. It will be very beneficial to have help around the house and with childcare for a two to three weeks. You won’t be able to do any heavy lifting until you have fully healed from surgery.
Some tips for a smooth lower body lift recovery include:
- Stay hydrated and eat a balanced, healthy diet
- Don’t overexert yourself, but start walking around as soon as you’re able in order to help improve blood circulation
- Follow all of Dr. Shuster’s post-operative instructions closely
- Call us if you have any questions or concerns, or if you experience complications
- Rest, relax, and don’t try to do too much too soon
While recovery is gradual, patients find that the results are well worth it. Your lower body will be rejuvenated, allowing you to look great after putting in all the hard work to achieve your weight loss goals.
How Long Do Lower Body Lift Results Last?
Lower body lift results are very long lasting. While your body will change over time, the results of your lower body lift will endure with little change as long as you don’t gain a significant amount of weight. In order to protect your investment in your body, we encourage you to live a healthy lifestyle after your procedure. This should include eating a balanced, healthy diet and exercising regularly.
Schedule Your Complimentary Lower Body Lift Consultation
If you would like to consult with Dr. Shuster regarding a lower body lift, we welcome you to contact our office. We serve patients in the Fort Lauderdale and Miami area. For patients outside the South Florida area, we can arrange for a virtual consultation with Dr. Shuster.