About Lower Body Lift Surgery
A lower body lift is a contouring surgery that eliminates loose, hanging skin to improve and re-contour common parts of the body changed by age, weight loss, and pregnancy. Lower body lift surgery focuses on the mid and lower body, including the buttocks, stomach, flanks, low back, and thighs. Plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Ethan Baughman performs lower body lift surgery on patients who want to significantly recontour the lower half of their body. If you are a good candidate, a lower body lift surgery at Ethan Baughman Plastic Surgery in Westlake Village, CA can help you achieve your goals with a firmer body that is healthy and beautiful.
The best candidates for lower body lift surgery are generally people who have lost a lot of weight and want to complete their body transformation. Rapid weight loss (through bariatric surgery), as well as natural aging, may cause wrinkled, loose skin on the upper thighs and buttocks, skin that hangs on the stomach, and sagging skin across the stomach. For those who are considering this surgery, it's helpful to understand realistic goals, which will be explained by Dr. Baughman during your consultation. You should be at a healthy, stable weight before considering a lower body lift to make it easier to maintain your results.
"I had a mommy makeover with Dr. Baughman about two weeks ago and so far I couldn’t be happier. He spent a lot of time talking to me to find out exactly what was important to me, and also used 3D photo modeling to help me see and understand my different options. He did everything possible to make sure I was going to be happy with my results and the process. It was nice to have surgery next-door to his office, making surgery day go smoothly I was back to work 4 days later. Highly recommend!"- J.S. / Google / Oct 27, 2019
"I just had my first hydrafacial experience at Doctor Baughman’s office and I’m loving the results!! I really love how my skin feels and looks! I’ve never had my face glowing that much after a facial. I will definitely be back for another one soon."- P.C. / Google / Oct 11, 2019
"Dr Baughman was my plastic surgeon in St. Louis last year when I received a breast augmentation. He was very attentive, answered all my questions, and followed up with me after my surgery to make sure I was ok. I was 38 when I received my breast augmentation. This is my first major surgery and I was super nervous. I was completely flat chested and couldn't fit in a double A bra. Now, I am a 32 DD 5 ft, 120 lbs. My shoulders are a bit wide, so now I wish I would have gone bigger, but the results from the size I chose is fantastic! (I chose 415 cc R and 345 cc L) I initially wanted a natural look, but I, like most patients, prefers now a larger size. But this is just my perception, Dr Baughman was great! I am now able to wear tube tops, I can go bra less and my breasts are really perky. The scars are minimal, my recovery time wasn't as bad or long as I thought I would be. I received my surgery on a Wednesday and went back to work on Monday. I wasn't able to make full turns on the steering wheel while driving for a bit. And I couldn't do any push ups or arm exercises for at least 4 months and by then I still didn't feel comfortable. It's been 13 months since my surgery. Overall, I wouldn't change my experience or have chosen another physician. Thank you Dr Baughman, you have changed my life for the better and I love my results!!!!!"- K.S. / Yelp / Sep 19, 2019
"Dr. Baughman is an AMAZING plastic surgeon! I had a breast reduction/lift procedure done by Dr.Baughman in 2017 and the results are everything that I hoped for. I was nervous prior to the surgery because it was my first time ever undergoing surgery. Dr.Baughman was very compassionate, informative, and assured that I was indeed in good hands. After the surgery, Dr.Baughman made sure to keep in touch and was there to answer all of the questions that I had. I am very happy and satisfied with my breast reduction/lift and will definitely recommend Dr.Baughman to anyone who’s seeking plastic surgery with outstanding results. I will be back for another procedure very soon! :)"- M.J. / Google / Sep 04, 2019
"Great professional that you can trust 100% and expect no pain with amazing results."- K.H. / Google / Sep 03, 2019
A lower body lift typically is done with general anesthesia and most patients do need at least one night of professional care and observation. The surgery may last a while, taking an average of 4 – 7 hours. The surgical incision is commonly made along the area where a belt is worn, which is why it is sometimes known as a circumferential 360 lift or beltectomy. After the incision is made by Dr. Baughman, excess skin will be trimmed. Dr. Baughman may smooth the tissue and muscles before closing the incision. Compression garments will be put over the lower body to help create a trimmer result, as well as to minimize bleeding, bruising, and swelling.
What to Expect
When you are cleared to go home after your lower body lift, it is important to take time to rest and recover. It takes many patients at least two weeks to get back to easy activities and as many as six months before they are cleared to resume exercise. Dr. Ethan Baughman or a member of his staff will give you instructions and information on caring for your scars left by the surgical incisions so they will heal properly for better results. While the recovery period may feel long, the results can be extraordinary, giving you a tighter, smoother body without the loose, hanging skin that may keep you from fully enjoying life. Many patients feel it's one of the most valuable elective surgeries available today.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a lower body lift cost?
The cost of lower body lift surgery will vary in each patient. In your initial consultation, Dr. Baughman will develop a surgical plan that matches your goals and budget. Ethan Baughman Plastic Surgery takes several payment methods and low-interest financing to make your surgical lift easy to afford.
Will I have visible scarring?
Several factors will determine how many scars you have and their visibility after a lower body lift. Dr. Baughman plans incision points so they can be easily concealed by undergarments or in less visible areas, like the natural skin folds. Dr. Baughman or someone on his staff will discuss post-surgery instructions, which will help your sutures heal correctly so the scars are smooth and in time, blend into your skin.
What can I expect during recovery?
Following your lower body lift, you will likely have moderate inflammation and bruising in and around the treated areas. Appointments for follow-up exams are important so Dr. Baughman can monitor your recovery. It's crucial that you contact Ethan Baughman Plastic Surgery if you see any symptoms of an infection or you have any concerns.
When should I consider getting a lower body lift?
When you're thinking about getting a surgical lift on your lower half, make an appointment with Dr. Baughman to get more information about the procedure and the right time for you to schedule surgery. You need to be at or close to a stable weight because losing or gaining a lot of weight following a lift can impact your appearance. Before surgery, Dr. Baughman will also complete a physical assessment to make sure that you're strong enough to undergo the procedure.
Will I have to stay overnight in the hospital?
Usually, Dr. Baughman requires his patients to stay a minimum of one night in a medical facility following surgery. This overnight stay is to ensure your safety and comfort as your health is monitored. Based on the number of areas that are being treated and your overall health after surgery, Dr. Baughman might suggest you stay two or more nights.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $21,000 - $27,000
- Recovery Time
- 4 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- Up to 8 Hours
- Procedure Recovery Location
Transform Your Figure
If you are concerned about extra skin and sagging folds on the middle and lower areas of your body, you could be a candidate for lower body lift surgery. Dr. Ethan Baughman encourages men and women in and around Westlake Village, CA who are interested in a lower body lift to schedule a consultation at our upscale facility. Dr. Baughman can determine if you are a good candidate and then design a custom lower body lift surgical plan to restore your body and confidence.