Lower Body Lift Surgery (Belt Lipectomy for Body Contouring) – Dothan, AL

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About Lower Body Lift Surgery

A lower body lift is a contouring procedure that removes excess skin and fat to lift and reshape certain areas of the body affected by weight loss or pregnancy. The surgery targets the mid and the lower body, including the buttocks, stomach, flanks, low back, and thighs. Depending upon how much skin removal is required, an incision all the way around the waist may be performed, which allows the greastest amount of lift and skin excision. A lower body lift is a major surgery that can redefine the lower half of the body. Dothan, AL plastic surgeon Dr. Justin Martin has special experience with lower body lift surgeries. A lower body lift surgery at Martin Plastic Surgery in Dothan, AL helps people to not just achieve their weight goals, but also to complete their overall transformation with a tight body that appears healthy and normal.

Ideal Candidates

The best candidates for lower body lift surgery are usually people who have lost a significant amount of weight and are battling new cosmetic challenges. These new challenges consist of wrinkled, loose skin on the upper thighs and buttocks, skin that hangs on the stomach, and sagging skin across the midsection. For those who are considering this surgery, it's important to understand realistic expectations, which can be talked about with Dr. Martin during your initial consultation. It is important that you are at or near your healthy goal weight before undergoing lower body lift surgery.

Surgical Technique

This surgery is performed with general anesthesia and most patients do require at least a one night stay in the hospital. The surgery time may be quite lengthy, taking about 4 – 7 hours. The surgical incision is typically made along the area where a belt is worn, which is why it is known as a circumferential 360 or in some cases, a belt lipectomy.  After the incision is precisely made by Dr. Martin, he will remove the excess fat and skin. Then the remaining skin will be redraped and attached with sutures. Compression garments may be worn over the incisions to help create a slimming result, as well as to minimize swelling.

What to Expect

Dr. Martin or a member of his staff will provide very detailed instructions and information on caring for the incision so that scars are minimized as much as possible. While the recovery period may feel long, the results can be dramatic, providing patients with a tighter, smoother body without the loose, hanging skin that prevented them from living their best life. Many patients feel it's one of the most worthwhile cosmetic surgeries available 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, Dr. Martin will 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 Dr. Martin 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?
Most patients stay overnight in the hospital and return home on the day after surgery. In most cases, patients do not need more than a one-night stay.

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Average Cost  
$7,500 - $10,300
Recovery Time  
6 weeks
Average Procedure Time  
4:00 - 6:00
Post-op Follow-up  
two weeks
Procedure Recovery Location  
Outpatient
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Martin Plastic Surgery takes pride in working with our patients to achieve their body contouring goals. If you are concerned about extra skin on the middle to lower portion of your body, you could be a candidate for lower body lift surgery. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Martin and let him discuss this amazing process with you.

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