What is a Lower Body Lift?

Some who have achieved dramatic weight loss are often left with a considerable amount of loose skin around their stomach, hips, buttocks, and thighs. 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 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 through diet and exercise or through bariatric surgery. It is a circumferential procedure that follows the contour of the body. This procedure not only flattens the stomach but also elevates the thighs and buttocks, contours the hips, and improves the appearance of wrinkles and cellulite, making a lower body lift in Fort Lauderdale, a multifaceted procedure. 

Lower Body Lift Facts

  • A lower body lift takes 5-6 hours to perform, and patients will spend two nights in the hospital for monitoring
  • Liposuction may be combined with a lower body lift to achieve optimal results
  • Patients can usually return to work in 2-3 weeks
  • A lower body lift does more than remove redundant skin; it also tightens supportive soft tissue and improves cellulite

Dr. Shuster’s Lower Body lift Approach

Dr. Shuster describes this procedure as “a facelift for the body”. His 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 refined as possible. Dr. Shuster proudly serves Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and South Florida.  


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The Lower Body Lift: An Extension of the Tummy Tuck

While a tummy tuck only addresses the abdominal area, a lower body lift also targets the thighs and buttocks. The procedure follows the bikini line around the entire body. In addition to the benefits of a tummy tuck, the lower body lift in Fort Lauderdale removes excess skin and fat and lifts the soft tissues of the thighs and buttocks. 

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Who is a Good Candidate for a Lower Body Lift?

Dr. Shuster provides the lower body lift procedure for patients in the Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami, FL areas and beyond.

As one of his primary procedures, this surgery is recommended for those who want to address sagging skin and cellulite in the thighs and buttocks as well as the abdomen. Candidates may also suffer from protruding abdominal muscles and excess fat in the midsection. Ideal lower body lift candidates are non-smokers who are in generally good mental and physical health, are able to maintain a healthy, stable weight, and are not planning on having more children.

Lower Body Lift Surgery Details

Dr. Shuster performs all lower body lifts in a hospital setting with the patient under general anesthesia. The surgery takes 5-6 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 your body’s natural contours so that they are as inconspicuous and easily hidden as possible. He’ll tighten the abdominal muscles and will remove excess skin for a smooth and beautiful contour.

Dr. Shuster occasionally uses liposuction during a lower body lift to help refine the body’s contour. He also uses a triple-layer suturing technique to ensure that your incisions heal as well as possible. Because of this, most lower body lift patients end up with scars that are just faint lines and easily concealed underneath their clothes. Dr. Shuster is very proud of this, and invites you to take a close look at many lower body lift before and after images in our gallery.

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Recovery After a Lower Body Lift

It is important to realize that a lower body lift is a complex and extensive procedure that requires two days in the hospital, as well as 2-3 weeks of recovery time. You will need to devote this time to recovery. 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. You will not 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
  • Rest, relax, and do not try to do too much too soon
  • Start walking around as soon as you are able to help improve blood circulation, but don’t overexert yourself
  • Follow all of Dr. Shuster’s post-operative instructions closely
  • Call us if you have any questions or concerns or if you experience complications

Results from a Lower Body Lift

While recovery from a lower body lift is gradual, patients find that the results are well worth it. Your lower body will be rejuvenated, and the surgery will help you look great after putting in all the hard work to achieve your weight loss goals.

Lower body lift results are very long-lasting. While your body will change over time, your outcome 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.

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Why Choose Dr. Shuster?

Dr. Shuster has years of experience and among the largest collections of lower body lift surgeries. Thanks to his subtle, elegant results and a warm bedside manner that makes patients feel at ease, Dr. Bernard A. Shuster, MD, PA, has made an exceptional reputation for himself in South Florida. He is an award-winning, board-certified aesthetic plastic surgeon of the face, breast, and body with a boutique practice between Fort Lauderdale and Miami. Dr. Shuster and his outstanding staff offer impeccable quality and an incredible patient experience, taking great care of you before, during, and after your procedure. If you’re interested in a body lift, we encourage you to research to learn more about Dr. Shuster. If you feel he is the right surgeon for you, we welcome you for a consultation.

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