A body lift operation is a procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the sides and back of the hips, thighs and buttocks. Many patients that undergo a lower body lift have had significant weight loss, either through gastric bypass surgery, pregnancies, or through diet and exercise. After weight loss, the stretched skin envelope that once held the fat is loose and sagging. A body lift removes this excess and can dramatically improve the contours of the entire lower body.
The procedure is done by making a horizontal incision along the waistline from the side of the lower abdomen all the way to the middle of the lower back. The skin and fat are elevated off of the thighs, hips, and buttocks and then “pulled up” like a loose pair of pants. The excess skin is removed and the incisions are closed, leaving the final horizontal scar within the pantyline. The procedure is then repeated on the other side. Results are often dramatic with a significant lift of the thighs and buttocks.
The procedure is often combined with other procedures, especially liposuction. It is often done as a staged procedure following abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck.