A variant of the Tummy Tuck, the Lower Body Lift is a procedure your Doctor may recommend based on the amount and location of skin remaining after massive weight loss. Some people deposit skin on the hips and flank as much as they do in the tummy. For this reason, a standard tummy tuck may not offer the optimal result, particularly for people who have lost more than 150 pounds. Excess skin on the thighs also sags after weight loss. A Lower Body Lift is the solution, lifting the skin, while pulling the tummy and flank skin down.
Performed in the hospital, this is an extensive procedure with a recovery period similar to that of the tummy tuck. Patients stay overnight for nursing assistance and recover within 2-3 weeks with limitations on activity and lifting. Return to work and normal activity is typically 4 weeks.
This information is for educational purposes only and not intended to render medical advice.
For more information please visit the American Society of Plastic Surgeons website.