During aging or after massive weight loss, people experience significant excess skin throughout their body. This can cause sagging skin in many areas below the waist.
The lower body lift procedure helps to remove excess skin and tighten the buttocks, thighs, abdomen, and hips. This surgical procedure helps to improve your overall appearance by giving these problem areas a slimmer, more toned look. The lower body lift addresses all these areas that tummy tuck, butt lifts, and thigh lifts address separately.
Dr. Wallach brings his vast experience with cosmetic surgery to give his patients optimal results from the procedure. Many bariatric patients are referred to Dr. Wallach for the elimination of the excessive, sagging skin after massive weight loss.
Preparing for your lower body lift surgery
You will be advised not to take any blood thinners before your surgery like aspirin, ibuprofen, or Plavix. You will also be advised not to consume any hormones or oral contraceptives in order to reduce the risks of blood clots in your legs during the surgery.
What is the surgical procedure?
Dr. Wallach will create an incision that extends around the torso through which he will remove excess skin and fat. After this is removed, he will reposition the skin and tighten the tissues. Then he will address the back side and buttocks areas, to do so you will be positioned either face down or on your side. Depending on your desired results he will either combine the lower body lift with a tummy tuck or with an inner tight lift. Dr. Wallach uses internal sutures and in case of tissue removal, drains might be used.
Recovery from a lower body lift
Most patients can go home after their surgery while some may have to be observed overnight in the hospital. You will be prescribed antibiotics and pain medicines for the recovery period. You might experience some numbness in the area, but it improves with time. Drains are commonly placed during surgery, and they will be removed within 1-2 weeks in most instances. The recovery from your upper body lift is 1 to 2 weeks and you may have to wear a compression garment or binder for 3-6 weeks. This helps during the healing period for your skin to conform to the new contours and by keeping swelling in check.
Complications of the procedure
The best candidate for this procedure are patients who are close to their goal weight, healthy, and at a stable weight. If you are severely overweight this can add complications to the procedure. Some of the complications of the surgery include bleeding post-surgery, collection of fluid resulting in infection, skin necrosis, thick scars, asymmetry, and blood clots. You might need additional procedures for correction of these complications.
Your Body Lift Consultation with Dr. Wallach
Dr. Wallach ensures he takes appropriate measures in order to prevent these complications. These include the use of drains to prevent infection, antibiotics, sequential devices to prevent blood clots in the legs and prevention of necrosis with careful handling of the tissue.