Sagging or loose skin in the abdomen, hips, buttocks, and thighs can be removed with a lower body lift. This powerful body contouring procedure is used by the board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Cara Downey, to give the lower body a younger look and feel.
Here at Heights Plastic Surgery, Dr. Downey has performed over a hundred successful lower body lift procedures to patients throughout the greater Houston area.
COST OF LOWER BODY LIFT IN OUR PRACTICE
In Houston, lower body lift can cost $8,000 – $15,000. There are factors that may affect the final price of the procedures, such as the extent of the operation, the location of the surgery and other medical expenses including the operating room (OR) and anesthesia fees.
Heights Plastic Surgery accepts cash, major credit cards, and personal checks. An accurate quotation will be given to you during our initial consultation.
WHAT PROCEDURES ARE INVOLVED?
This procedure is mostly tailored to patients who underwent massive weight loss in a short period of time. The extent of lift varies per individual, so there are multiple techniques available that each target a different area of the lower body.
- Belt Lipectomy
This is the ‘complete’ lower body lift procedure, which involves a circumferential incision along with your entire waste 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 excising loose skin for a more contoured figure.
- Tummy Tuck
A lower body lift performed specifically on the abdomen. 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.
- Inner Thigh Lift
A unique lower body lift technique that is not included in a belt lipectomy, but is often performed a few days after it. The incisions are located along your inner thigh, and like all lower body lift procedures, fat and excess skin is removed to reshape and resize the area.
- Brazilian Butt Lift
This technique targets the back and buttock areas specifically. The result is a perkier and fuller backside, especially when combined with fat grafting.
Panniculectomy specifically targets loose skin. This is a procedure often performed after liposuction in order to better contour the body. The most common focus of panniculectomy is the stomach, but excess skin can be removed from any area of the lower body as needed.
HOW IS THE PROCEDURE PERFORMED?
- Surgery Length
Lower body lifts vary in duration but take an average of 4 – 8 hours. Due to the nature of this procedure, it is necessary to lie on your stomach or side for most of the surgery.
Lower body lifts are performed under general anesthesia.
The depth and length of the incisions vary depending on the specific technique to be used. Before closing the incision, the surgeon will insert drainage tubes underneath the skin to allow excess fluid and blood to drain from the wound as you heal.
The incision is closed using layered sutures, which help to ensure that the tissue does not stray from its new position.
I've been wanting to do botox and get my skin looking great for some time now. I was a little nervous, Dr. Downey had a great staff, and she was super patient and fed me enough information to calm m...
- Stephanie O.
I had such a great experience with Dr. Downey. I was referred by a friend. This was my third attempt at getting surgery on some trouble spots after significant weight loss. I didn't go in with h...
- Paul V.
It was very easy for me to make a consultation appointment. There was no pressure to sign up for surgery that day. Dr. Downey was very professional and friendly. She answered all my questions an...
- Brittany G.
I had breast augmentation on 12/2/14 and Dr. Downey and staff made the whole experience amazing. Since the surgery I have minimal scarring and I look and feel great! This was one of the best decis...
- Ashly T.
Dr. Cara Downey, thank you so much for the care you gave to me and the exceptional work you have done to my body! You are amazing. Because of you, dreams come true! You are the best! Thank you for ble...
- Andrea C.
I didn't think I would ever feel this great again. Now I can wear strapless dresses. My shirts no longer have the peep holes near the buttons. I'm just so pleased with the work Dr. Downey has done. Bu...
WHAT IS THE EXPECTED RECOVERY?
You will need to stay in the hospital for 24 hours after the surgery to fully recover.
24 Hours After Surgery
- You must wear the appropriate compression garments.
- Drains may be replaced or cleaned as required.
- Your surgeon will recommend oral painkillers to help control the pain.
1 – 3 Weeks After Surgery
- Have a family member or friend on hand to assist you with your daily activities.
- You may resume full-body showers after 2 days.
- Practice walking around with your new body after 2 weeks, with the assistance of a loved one.
3 Months After Surgery
- You may drive and return to work after 4 weeks, or once it is no longer painful to move and wear seatbelts.
- All normal activities, such as chores, exercise, and shopping may resume after 6 weeks.
- Final results will first manifest after 6 weeks, or as soon as any swelling goes down. With continuous diet and exercise, your figure will continue to improve until it settles permanently after a year.
- Scars can be significant but are easily hidden underneath your clothes. They should turn white after 6 – 8 weeks, and they will fade over the next year until only thin lines remain.
Request Your Consultation
To learn more about lower body lift, you can schedule an appointment online or you can call +1 713-496-2427