Lower Body Lift Surgery (Belt Lipectomy for Body Contouring) – Westlake Village, CA

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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.

Ideal Candidates

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.

Surgical Technique

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. 

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Average Cost  
$21,000 - $27,000
Recovery Time  
4 Weeks
Average Procedure Time  
Up to 8 Hours
Procedure Recovery Location  
Inpatient
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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.

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