If you have lost a significant amount of weight or have excess skin and fat in your lower body that does not respond to diet and exercise, you may be interested in a cosmetic surgery procedure that can improve your appearance and boost your confidence. Lower body lift with tummy tuck process is a combination of procedures that can address multiple areas of concern in one operation.
What is a lower body lift?
A lower body lift, also known as a lower belt lipectomy or a 360-tummy tuck, is a procedure that removes excess skin and tissue from the front, back and sides of your lower torso. It can also tighten the underlying muscles and lift the sagging buttocks and thighs. A lower body lift can improve the shape and contour of your waist, hips, buttocks and lower abdomen.
What is a tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is a procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen and tightens the abdominal muscles. A tummy tuck can create a flatter and firmer belly by eliminating the bulges and stretch marks that may result from pregnancy, weight loss or aging.
How are they performed together?
A lower body lift with tummy tuck is usually performed under general anesthesia and may take several hours to complete. The incisions are made along the lower abdomen, extending around the back to the hips. The excess skin and fat are removed and the muscles are tightened. The remaining skin is pulled up and sutured in place. The belly button is repositioned if needed. Liposuction may be used to enhance the results.
What are the benefits of combining them?
By combining a lower body lift with a tummy tuck, you can achieve a more comprehensive and harmonious outcome than by doing them separately. You can address multiple areas of concern in one operation, reducing the overall cost, recovery time and scarring. You can also improve your posture, mobility and comfort by removing the excess weight and skin that may cause chafing, rashes or infections.
Who is a good candidate for this procedure?
A good candidate for a lower body lift with tummy tuck is someone who has stable weight, good health and realistic expectations. You should also have enough skin elasticity to allow for proper healing and minimal scarring. You should not smoke or take blood-thinning medications before or after the surgery. You should also be prepared to follow the post-operative instructions and care for your incisions properly.
What are the risks and complications?
As with any major surgery, there are some risks and complications associated with a lower body lift with tummy tuck. These may include bleeding, infection, wound healing problems, fluid accumulation, nerve damage, numbness, asymmetry, contour irregularities, scarring or need for revision surgery. To minimize these risks, you should choose a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon who can perform the procedure safely and effectively.
What is the recovery like?
The recovery from a lower body lift with a tummy tuck may vary depending on the extent of the procedure and your individual healing process. You may need to stay in the hospital for one or two nights after the surgery. You will have drains placed to remove excess fluid from the incisions. You will also wear a compression garment to support your new shape and reduce swelling. You will need to avoid strenuous activities for six to eight weeks after the surgery. You must also follow a healthy diet and exercise regimen to maintain your results.
What are the expected results?
The expected results of a lower body lift with tummy tuck are improved shape and contour of your waist, hips, buttocks, and lower abdomen. You can expect to see a flatter and firmer belly, a narrower waistline, a lifted buttock area, and smoother thighs. Your clothes will fit better and you will feel more confident about your appearance. The results are long-lasting as long as you maintain your weight and lifestyle.
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