About Lower Body Lift Surgery
Lower body lift surgery is a body contouring procedure that eliminates hanging skin and fat to reshape and lift common parts of the body changed by age, weight loss, and pregnancy. Lower body lift surgery focuses on the mid and low areas of the body, including the abdomen, buttocks, lower back, flanks, and upper thighs. According to the desired amount of skin removal, a circumferential 360 incision may be made, which grants the greatest amount of skin excision and lift. This is a major treatment and can recontour a patient’s lower body. New York plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Koch has additional training with skin removal surgeries. In many cases, this surgery at our facilities in New York allows patients to not only reach their weight loss goals, but to finalize their complete transformation with a tighter figure that looks healthy and beautiful.
Ideal candidates for this surgery are generally ones who have lost a sizeable amount of weight and are now dealing with other challenges. These challenges may be loose, wrinkled skin on the buttocks and upper thighs, hanging skin on the abdomen, as well as saggy skin throughout the middle section. If you are a candidate for this procedure, it is helpful to have realistic goals, which can be discussed with Dr. Koch during your consultation appointment. First, scarring is a part of this surgery due to the large incisions. Second, this procedure does need a lengthy recovery compared to many other cosmetic surgeries, so it is important to plan if you work or have small children. Finally, it is necessary that you are at a stable weight when considering this surgery.
"Professional and personable - As a patient in the midst of breast reconstruction due to cancer, Dr. Koch and his team have been so incredibly helpful from the start with drawing and notes that made it easier to understand during a very hard time. Dr. Koch helps to clarify at each step of the way and has been available to answer questions, respond to calls, and work through my confusion as the cancer process unfolded and the reconstruction work is now in progress. I am so grateful that he is my surgeon and absolutely recommended him."- Anonymous / Vitals / Apr 19, 2019
"When I first came in for my initial consultation with Dr.koch I felt extremely welcomed. I recently had a breast reduction with him and he did an amazing job. He did everything that I wanted done and plus some. Now I’m seeing him again for another surgery, and I can’t wait to see the outcome. I would definitely recommend dr Koch! He is thorough, he listens and is very knowledgeable! If you need any cosmetic work done go to him!!"- Anonymous / RateMDs / Mar 06, 2020
"Dr.Koch is GREAT! - Dr.Koch was amazing! He was very professional, He explained to me the process of my breast reduction. He educated me, and gave me assurance that I was going to be ok. He followed up, answered any questions I had. All of the staff was great. I also love my new breast!"- J. / RealSelf / Feb 26, 2020
"I had an overall excellent experience with Dr. Koch from my initial consultation to my post surgical visits. I went to Dr. Koch after major weight loss surgery, and then major abdominal surgeries (not related to the weight loss surgery). Due to the excessive skin and the way my abdomen healed from the subsequent surgeries, I had to do something because of recurrent painful rashes, and not being able to find clothing that fit well. Dr. Koch explained everything at my first visit. He took his time, and drew diagrams. I had questions written down to ask him, but when he finished explaining, he had answered all of those questions and more. I was made to feel so comfortable, and at the end of this visit I knew I had made the right choice. The procedure went just as planned and I am extremely happy with the results. The staff was wonderful and receptive to any phone call I made. I highly recommend Dr. Koch for his professionalism and expertise."- L.W. / Healthgrades / Feb 19, 2020
"Fantastic experience— Dr. Koch and staff were all fabulous from start to finish - Dr. Koch and staff were all fabulous from start to finish. I had implants and mini tummy tuck with fantastic results. With a full recovery in 6 weeks was able to start working out again. Would recommend him for sure. Very knowledgeable and friendly felt at ease in his hands."- K. / RealSelf / Feb 14, 2020
This procedure is done under general anesthesia and typically patients do need an overnight stay in a medical facility. The surgery can be a while, lasting anywhere from 4 – 7 hours. The incision is commonly placed along where a belt would be worn, which is why it is sometimes known as a circumferential 360 lift or beltectomy. Once the incision has been carefully made by Dr. Koch, surgical liposuction will treat areas of excess fat and sagging skin will be trimmed. Then the remaining skin will be stretched tight and secured with stitches. Compression garments will be placed over the lower body to help create a trimmer result, as well as to control swelling, bruising, and bleeding.
What to Expect
A lower body lift is considered a major cosmetic procedure. It takes most patients at least two weeks to resume simple activities, and in some cases, up to six months before they can get back to more strenuous activities such as aerobic exercise. Dr. Koch or a member of his staff will discuss clear instructions and information on wound care so that scarring is healed for seamless results. While the recovery can seem lengthy, the results are extraordinary, leaving patients with a smoother, tighter body without the hanging, loose skin that prevents them from experiencing a full life. Most patients feel it is one of the most valuable elective procedures offered today.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a lower body lift cost?
The price of a lower body lift procedure will vary from patient to patient. During your consultation, a member of our team will be able to discuss a treatment plan that can fit your needs and budget. We also offer financing options and payment plans to help make your treatment as affordable as possible.
Will I have visible scarring?
There are several factors that can contribute to the amount of scarring an individual may experience after a lower body lift including age, genetics, and skin color. At our practice, our trained plastic surgeons work to create incisions in areas that can be well hidden. We also will provide you with aftercare instructions on how to help your incisions heal properly for minimal scarring.
What can I expect during recovery?
After a lower body lift procedure, you may experience some swelling and bruising around the treatment area. Follow-up appointments will be necessary so that your surgeon can track your healing process. It is also important to contact our office if you experience any abnormal or significantly painful side effects.
When should I consider getting a lower body lift?
When contemplating a lower body lift, there are a few things to consider. You should be at or near your goal weight, and you will not be a candidate if you anticipate losing a significant amount of weight after surgery. Prior to surgery, you must also complete a physical examination to ensure that your body is stable enough for surgery.
Will I have to stay overnight in the hospital?
Since many patients experience discomfort after a lower body lift procedure, you may be recommended to stay overnight in the hospital following surgery. In most cases, patients do not need more than a one-night stay. This allows you to be monitored and your pain controlled.
Plan Your Procedure
Transform Your Figure
Our practice employs some of the most highly experienced staff in the aesthetic industry. Dr. Koch welcomes all weight loss patients to learn more about our skin removal surgeries and the options for lower body lift surgery. We take great pride and joy in helping our patients to make it to their aesthetic goals. If you have excessive skin and sagging folds on the mid or lower areas of your body, you may be a candidate for a lower body lift. Call today for a consultation with Dr. Koch and allow him go over this life-changing treatment with you.