If you’ve achieved significant weight loss, you know you have taken a critical step in improving your health, longevity, and quality of life. Whether you’ve lost weight through diet, exercise, or bariatric surgery (such as gastric bypass surgery), you’re probably feeling better than you have in years. Are you ready to enjoy your newfound health, but feel burdened by excess skin? Las Vegas, Nevada plastic surgeon, Dr. Marvin Spann, helps weight loss patients achieve their final results with body lift surgery. After a significant weight loss, there is often an excess of skin and fatty tissue that remains because it is not able to shrink to a smaller size. This loose, stretched skin can only be corrected with surgery. When the amount of loose skin is large, especially in the belly, hips, back, buttocks, and outer thighs, a belt lipectomy, also referred to as a lower body lift or torsoplasty procedure, can be performed. A lower body lift helps reshape the body, resulting in a silhouette that is smooth and slimming. Contact us today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Spann!
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During a lower body lift, an incision is made horizontally across the lower abdomen, circling the body. Through these incisions, excess fat pockets will be removed using liposuction and the underlying tissue and muscle will be pulled tight. Dr. Spann makes every attempt to trim away as much loose skin as possible, while protecting the incision area to minimize scarring. Once the desired contour has been achieved, the incisions are carefully sutured.
Body Lift Candidates
The primary candidates for a belt lipectomy have lost more than one hundred pounds. They typically have drooping skin and fat in the abdomen and buttocks, outer thigh and hip excess, and maybe even back rolls. When the amount of loose skin is especially large, many belt lipectomy patients also require skin and fat excision from the arms, inner thighs, breasts, and back through additional plastic surgery procedures, which Dr. Spann may perform in stages.
During/After the Procedure
All lower body lift surgeries are performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility. The duration of the surgery depends on how many procedures are performed and to what extent. It is common for a surgery of this nature to take 3-4 hours or longer. The recovery can also be quite trying. Most patients will be required to spend a couple of nights in the hospital. It could take 2 weeks or longer before work and normal activities can resume. A lower body lift can create a natural shape and a leaner, more toned figure. Patients who adhere to a healthy lifestyle can enjoy their surgical results for years.
The cost for a lower body lift will vary. The final cost will depend on how many procedures are being performed and how many stages it takes to complete the process (surgeries that are staged will inevitably cost more). On average, most patients can expect to pay between $10,000-$17,000. During the initial consultation, a detailed surgical plan will be prepared and the costs outlined for each specific case.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $10,000 - $17,000
- Recovery Time
- 2 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 3-4 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Day
- Procedure Recovery Location
Lower Body Lift FAQ’s
How Bad is the Scarring?
Although body contouring surgery will create scars, Dr. Spann takes care to place the scars where they are least conspicuous. If treated correctly, the scars will fade. Most post-bariatric surgery patients find that a little scarring is a small price to pay for tighter skin and a better body shape and contour, which will add to your confidence and sense of accomplishment. Clothes will also fit and look better on you.
Is This Surgery Painful?
Because of the extent of this procedure, patients may feel discomfort during the recovery process. For this reason, patients are required to stay in the hospital for a couple of days to be monitored and will be prescribed pain medication to help minimize pain and discomfort.
Will Insurance Apply?
Yes, insurance may cover some portion of a body lift procedure. For massive weight loss patients, there may be chronic skin infections or other issues caused by obesity. This varies by patient condition, insurance policy and procedure. Patient benefits will be discussed during the pre-op meeting with one of our billing and insurance coordinators.
Best Time for Surgery?
Individuals contemplating a lower body lift will need to be at or near their goal weight. If they anticipate losing a significant amount of weight, this needs to happen first. Once the weight has been lost, a physical will be required to ensure the body has stabilized enough to endure surgery.
Why Choose Dr. Spann?
Dr. Spann has the compassion, skill, and experience to work with you on your unique cosmetic surgery needs. At your personal consultation, he will discuss your concerns with you and explain the details of body contouring following massive weight loss. There are a number of options to consider, including which plastic surgery procedures are needed to achieve your desired results. You’ll work together to determine a surgical plan that best suits your needs to create the results you’re hoping for. We look forward to seeing you soon!