what is a Lower Body Lift?
A lower body lift is a contouring procedure that eliminates loose skin and fat to reshape and tighten certain parts of the body that have been altered by pregnancy and weight loss. This surgery targets the mid and lower body, including the abdomen, buttocks, flanks, low back, and upper thighs. Depending on the amount of skin removed, an incision all the way around the waist may be created, which permits the greatest amount of lift and skin excision. This is a major surgery and can reshape a patient’s lower half of the body. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joseph Tamburrino has special training in skin removal surgeries. For ideal candidates, a lower body lift surgery at Tamburrino Plastic Surgery & Med Spa in Doylestown, PA helps people to not only achieve their weight goals but also finalize their transformation by producing a slimmer, tighter body that looks healthy and stunning.
who gets a lower body lift?
The best candidates for this surgery are typically those who have lost a large amount of weight and are battling new challenges with excess, hanging skin, which can develop on the buttocks and upper thighs, abdomen, and across the mid-section. For those who are a candidate for a belt lipectomy, it's important to have expectations that are realistic. During your consultation with Dr. Tamburrino, he will describe the ways this surgery can help you, the effects it can have on your frame, and what you can expect post-op. Scars will result because of the large incisions created to excise the unwanted skin. This procedure also requires a lengthy recovery when compared to many other cosmetic surgeries so it's important to prepare if you work or have small children. It's critical that you are at a stable weight before undergoing lower body lift surgery.
"Dr. Tamburrino is outstanding! He’s extremely talented in his field and I can’t praise a doctor more. I suffered a dog bite to the nose 3 years ago and he was called into the ER to repair it. His bedside manner was calming and kind as he worked on my nose. The results were great and I was left without permanent scarring. Unfortunately, I didn’t follow his advise and I kept the dog. Six months ago the same Beagle attacked me again and the injury was worse. My nose was hanging off and I had a bite above my nose between the eyes. There were three bites in Al. This time. I again requested Dr. Tamburrino at the ER--the best thing I ever did because I knew what a good job he did the first time. He took a lot of time to reconstruct my nose and stitch it back together. Both of my nostrils were torn. I was a mess! The results? I look great. I seriously l think my nose looks better than it did before any of the bites. Dr. Tamburrino somehow put the nose back together so that the stitches were on the lower side of the nostril and the scars are not visible at all. The nostrils even look equal in size. I’ve had a couple follow up appointments at his office and his staff are super friendly and accommodating as well!"- K.M. / Yelp / Oct 11, 2021
"My experience and follow-ups with Dr. Tamburrino and his staff were extraordinary. I had a negative experience with prior surgeons, but when I saw him for a facelift revision, he set clear and reasonable expectations for what we could achieve together and showed an impressive understanding and expertise in assessing my past surgery. I worked with him to develop a game plan of other procedures that would achieve the results that would make me happy. I am grateful and can genuinely say that Prestige Institute treated me with care and understanding, and that Dr. Tamburrino is one of the best!"- C.N. / Google / Oct 05, 2021
"Dr. Tamburrino is top notch and the best of the best. From my initial consult with him and his team, I felt completely comfortable and at ease. They take so much time with their patients to make sure you are 100% comfortable with any procedure you are having done. They care about their patients and want you to have the best outcome possible as if you were family. If you are looking for the best Plastic Surgeon out there, look no further then Dr. Tamburrino and his amazing team . You will not be disappointed!!"- N.W. / Google / Aug 06, 2021
"I could not be happier with my experience with Dr. Tamburrino and his staff! They made the entire process of my procedure so smooth. Every question was answered and I was very comfortable with my decision to go with Prestige in comparison to my past experiences with multiple consultations at other practices. Dr. Tamburrino was very realistic and honest in addressing my concerns, and his extensive training, experience, certifications, and attention to detail proved that I was in the right place. The results of my procedure were absolutely amazing! Better than what I had imagined. I now look in the mirror every day and get so excited and proud of what I see! I can’t thank Dr. Tamburrino, Anna, Kristen, and all of the staff at Prestige enough for how kind and accommodating they were! I’ll never look anywhere else for any plastic surgery/med spa needs!"- M.W. / Google / May 25, 2021
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how is a lower body lift done?
This procedure is done with the patient under general anesthesia and often requires an overnight stay at the hospital. The surgery may be lengthy, lasting around 4 – 7 hours. The surgical incision is commonly placed along the area where a belt would be worn, which is why it is also known as a circumferential 360 lift or beltectomy. After the incision is carefully made by Dr. Tamburrino, liposuction will treat areas of excess fat and the loose skin will be excised. After this, the remaining skin will be stretched taut and attached with sutures. Compression garments may be placed over the incisions to help create a slimming result, as well as to minimize swelling, bruising, and bleeding.
What to Expect
Lower body lifts are considered a highly advanced surgery. It takes many patients about two weeks to return to basic activities. In some cases, it can take up to six months before women and men can get back to more strenuous movements, including aerobic exercise. Dr. Tamburrino or a member of his staff will discuss clear instructions and provide you with information on wound care so that your scars blend evenly with your skin. While the recovery period may seem long, the results can be extraordinary, leaving patients with a smoother, tighter body without the loose, hanging tissue that prevents them from experiencing a full life. Many patients who receive a belt lipectomy believe it to be one of the most worthwhile elective procedures that can produce life-changing results.
lower body lift surgery faqs
Will I have visible scarring?
There are several factors that will contribute to how many scars you have and their visibility after a lower body lift. Dr. Tamburrino plans incision patterns so they can be easily concealed by undergarments or in less visible areas, like the natural skin folds. Dr. Tamburrino or someone on his team will provide you with post-surgery instructions, which will help your incisions heal properly so the scars are flat, and in time, blend into your skin.
What can I expect during recovery?
After your lower body lift surgery, you might have moderate bruising and inflammation in and around the treatment areas. Appointments for follow-up exams will be necessary so Dr. Tamburrino can track your healing. It's important to contact our office if you notice any symptoms of an infection or you have any questions.
When should I consider getting a lower body lift?
If you are considering a surgical lift on your lower half, schedule a consultation with Dr. Tamburrino to learn more about the process and the right time for you to schedule surgery. You need to be at or close to a healthy, stable weight since losing or gaining a lot of weight after a lift can impact your results. Prior to surgery, Dr. Tamburrino will also complete a physical examination to ensure that you're healthy enough to undergo the procedure.
Will I have to stay overnight in the hospital?
Most often, Dr. Tamburrino requires his patients to stay at least one night in a hospital or medical facility following lower body lift surgery. This inpatient stay is to ensure your comfort and safety as your health is monitored and your pain controlled. Depending on how many areas are being treated and your recovery speed, Dr. Tamburrino may recommend you stay two or more nights. In your initial consultation, Dr. Tamburrino will discuss where you can stay and how long he estimates you will be there.
Transform Your Figure
Tamburrino Plastic Surgery & Med Spa is proud to employ a skilled team of medical professionals who are eager to help weight loss patients achieve their final results. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Tamburrino looks forward to speaking with men and women to discuss their options for lower body lift surgery. If you have extra skin and sagging folds on the middle and lower portion of your body, you could be a candidate for a lower body lift. When sagging skin is preventing you from enjoying your best life, we encourage you to contact our Doylestown, PA office.