What techniques do you use during a lower body lift? January 24, 2023 A lower body lift is an outpatient procedure that typically takes about 4 to 8 hours to complete. To begin, a general anesthetic will be administered to ensure you are comfortable and pain-free throughout your surgery. Houston plastic surgeons Dr. Downey or Dr. Bullocks will then perform a combination of any of the following techniques. The surgical techniques Dr. Downey or Dr. Bullocks will use during your lower body lift will be discussed while developing your personalized treatment plan during your one-on-one consultation. Belt Lipectomy. This technique is the “complete” lower body lift procedure, which involves a circumferential incision along with your entire waist and along your outer thigh. The extent of these incisions enables a powerful lift on the entirety of the lower body, getting rid of fat, tightening muscles, and removing loose skin for a more contoured figure. Tummy Tuck. A lower body lift performed specifically on the abdomen, hips, thighs, and buttocks. The main purpose of a tummy tuck is to tighten the abdominal wall and remove stubborn fat and skin from the stomach. This restores abdominal strength in addition to rejuvenating the mid-section. Lateral Thigh Lift. This technique removes excess fat from the other thigh, often performed in conjunction with liposuction to the area. Buttock Lift. During a buttock lift, we remove excess skin and fat from the buttocks and reposition remaining skin for a smoother, more contoured look. Panniculectomy. Panniculectomy specifically targets loose skin above the pubic area.