LOWER BODY LIFT (abdominoplasty, buttock lift, thigh lift)
A lower body lift is a procedure which combines an abdominoplasty, buttock lift and thigh lift to remove excess fat and skin caused in part by poor tissue elasticity. During the procedure, a circumferential incision around the abdomen is used to remove excess skin and fat and to redrape and tighten the remaining tissue. You may remain hospitalized overnight depending on individual circumstances and the extent of the surgery. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia and takes 5-6 hours. Side effects may include temporary pain, swelling, soreness, bruising, and fatigue for several weeks or months. Risks include blood clots, infection, bleeding under the skin flap, poor healing resulting in conspicuous scarring or skin loss, and need for a second operation. The recovery time is 6-8 weeks, and can be up to 4-6 months for a return to strenuous exercise.