A lower body lift, also known as a belt lipectomy, is a body contouring surgical procedure that combines a thigh lift with a tummy tuck. Lower body lift is designed to reduce the fat and saggy skin around the back, tummy sides, and buttocks.

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Lower Body Lift after Weightloss

Sagging skin below the waist can be caused by natural ageing, dramatic weight loss, and post-pregnancy. Excess skin can be distressing to many people and can cause low self-esteem and confidence in social situations. If you have lost the weight you want to lose but are worried about the excess skin that has been left behind, you can have it removed surgically.

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What Is Lower Body Lift Procedure?

A lower body lift procedure addresses skin irregularities in the abdomen, lateral thighs, flanks, buttock, and pubic area. It is a combination of three procedures; tummy tuck, thigh lift, and buttock lift. It removes the excess skin, fat, and tissues around the torso and tightens the muscles of the abdominal wall.

Are you a good candidate?

You are most likely a good candidate for the procedure if:

  • If you have undergone dramatic weight loss through dieting or bariatric surgery, that has resulted in extensive sagging of the skin.
  • If you have loose skin on your abdomen, hips, the front, outer and inner sides of your thighs.
  • If you have loose skin and cellulite below the waistline as a result of pregnancy or ageing.
  • If your weight has been the same for a year and you do not expect further weight loss.
  • You don’t have chronic illnesses like heart or lung diseases, do not smoke, and have healthy dietary habits.
  • If you are willing to have a circumferential scar, that will be hidden underneath your bikini.
  • You are mentally healthy, have realistic expectations, and have a positive attitude towards the procedure. Recovery time is long, therefore endurance and patience are needed.

What are the benefits of Lower Body Lift?

A lower body lift is beneficial for the following reasons:

  • It gets rid of excess overhanging skin, which is causing rashes, painful chafing, and infections.
  • It improves the contour of your torso so that the results of your weight loss are visible.
  • It can improve back pain and incontinence.
  • You will feel confident and wear clothes and swimwear that would have been too embarrassing to adorn.

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What to expect during the Procedure?

This procedure is performed by Dr Patrick Briggs under general anaesthesia.

A circumferential incision is made that will extend around your torso. Dr Briggs will remove an apron of excess fat, tissues, and skin below the incision. The tissue will be repositioned and tightened.

The remainder of the skin over the thighs and buttocks will be pulled upwards. This will tighten the skin and underlying tissues in these areas.

Once these areas have been addressed, the surgeon will now move to the front areas.

The options will be discussed with you before the procedure.

After this, drainage tubes will be put in place and the incisions will be closed in multiple layers. Every step will be meticulously performed so that the stretching and swelling will be maximally controlled.

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What is the recovery like?

This an intense procedure that requires extended recovery time. However, Dr Patrick Briggs will be there to guide you in every step of your recovery.

Here are some recovery tips:

Immediately after your surgery, Dr Briggs will insert a tube for draining excess fluid at the sites of the incision. You will also be provided with a compression garment that will help reduce discomfort and swelling. This should be worn at all times for 2 to 3 weeks.

Two to three days post-procedure, Dr Briggs will remove your tubes and bandages. Medications to reduce the pain and swelling will be provided to you. To prevent blood from clotting and encourage blood flow, you should begin moving around slowly.

One to two weeks following your surgery, bruising and swelling will still be noticeable. Dr Briggs will evaluate your scars for healing and remove the sutures. You should not lift heavy objects, and restrict your activity to walking only.

Two weeks after the procedure, you should be able to get back to work.

By the fourth week, the swelling will dramatically reduce, however it may not subside completely. You can increase your activity levels slowly at this point but strenuous exercises should be put off until the 6th week.

It takes three months to reduce the swelling by 75% and six months to reduce it by 90%.  Full results can be seen after at least a year. Dr Briggs will be there to guide you in every step of your recovery.

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Minimising Scars after Lower Body Lift

It is important to remember that all surgical procedures leave scars, including ‘so-called’ scarless methods.

Experienced plastic surgeons are extremely careful about scar placement and minimisation, with surgical scars generally fading over time with most scars being barely visible after 12 months.

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Lower Body Lift Surgery Frequently Asked Questions

What Does A Lower Body Lift Include?

  • The removal of the extra amount of fat tissues and skin in the front and sides of the abdomen, thighs, and buttocks. It also includes reshaping and tightening the skin in these areas.

How Painful is a lower body lift?

  • Some discomfort, numbness, and mild burning sensation are common around the incision site after the procedure. The pain can be managed with medications.

How much is a 360 lower body lift?

  • A 360 tummy tuck of the lower body is removing the excess skin and fat along the entire waistline, abdomen, and back. Costs in Australia can start at $8000.

Is a lower body lift worth it?

  • This type of surgery can be a life-changing and rewarding procedure for those who have worked hard to lose a significant amount of weight. It will keep you slim and youthful for many years, provided that you exercise regularly and maintain a stable weight.

Is a tummy tuck included in a lower body lift?

  • A tummy tuck removes the excess fat in the front of your abdomen while a lower body lift removes fat from the front of the abdomen and areas around it too.

What is the difference between a tummy tuck and a lower body lift?

  • Tummy tuck and lower body lifts are surgeries that remove loose skin and excess fat from the body. Although they are similar, they are targeted for different areas, hence are tailored for the needs of the individuals.
  • A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty or abdominal contouring) is designed especially for women who suffer from post-partum muscle weakness and is targeted on the stomach. The procedure involves removal of the skin, repair of the rectus diastasis muscle, and liposuction. This will restore the truck to its pre-pregnancy shape. If you have loose skin only at the front, a tummy tuck is for you!
  • A lower body lift addresses not just the stomach but the entire lower truck including your lateral parts of thighs and buttocks. This procedure is designed for men and women who have undergone massive weight loss. A lower body lift is ideal for you if you have loose skin not just on the front of your tummy but on the sides, on your outer thigh, and with a droopy buttock.

How much weight do you lose with a lower body lift?

  • You can lose about 50 to as much as 150 pounds.

How do you sleep after a lower body lift?

  • Lower trunk surgery like body lift, are intensive procedures that require sleeping with both the upper body and legs elevated. This will minimize post-operative swelling, and avoid stretching the incision, muscles, and healing tissues.

 How do you poop after a lower body lift?

  • You should be able to poop normally from the second-day post-procedure. Constipation is common and having a stool softener/laxatives will help.

How long is a lower body lift surgery?

  • The duration of the lower body lift surgery depends on the number of areas to be treated but generally takes about six hours to perform. It will require an overnight stay at the surgical facility.

How long do you wear a compression garment after my procedure?

  • A compression garment must be worn immediately after surgery for up to a month. These garments must be worn at all times, except while you shower. For optimal benefits, wear it for the two months following the surgery.

Does insurance cover lower body lift?

  • Medicare and private health fund rebates can cover your procedure if you fulfil their key criteria.

Is a body lift worth it?

  • Body lift surgery can restore the shape of the body after massive weight loss. It can bring a remarkable positive difference in the confidence and self-esteem of men and women. It is worth it to get a body lift procedure!

What do you wear after surgery?

  • You should wear a compression garment after a body lift for a month or two. After that, you can wear normal clothes, including a bikini.  The scars are hidden beneath the bikini line. The scars do not disappear. However lower body lift scars after a year can fade.

How do I prepare for a lower body lift?

  • Dr Briggs and his team will provide you with pre-operative instructions, take your medical history, perform a physical examination, run some tests and answer your queries. You should start prepping for the surgery with the following:
  • Quit smoking
  • Avoid taking blood thinners like aspirin
  • Get your medical and lab workup done
  • Take medications or change your current ones as advised by Dr Briggs’ team

Is it painful?

  • Patients undergoing body lift procedures will experience mild to moderate levels of discomfort immediately after the surgery. Pain medications can make the pain comfortable.

Can you do a tummy tuck and thigh lift at the same time?

  • You can combine abdominal contouring or tummy tuck with a thigh lift. However, since the body lift itself is an extensive surgery, it is safer to do just one of the procedures at a time. Based on your health status, Dr Briggs will assess if both surgeries can be combined.

How long does a body lift last?

  • Lower body lifts are associated with excellent patient satisfaction and clinical results. In many cases, they can last a good 10 to 15 years, provided that you maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Will it help with cellulite?

  • A lower body lift can improve the appearance of cellulite, as the lift tightens the skin.

Will extra skin after weight loss go away?

  • Extra skin can retract on its own and go away for a small to moderate amount of weight loss. More significant weight loss will require body lifts.
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How much does Lower Body Lift Surgery cost?

Just like recovery time, the costs and prices of body surgery may also vary.

This will greatly depend on several factors such as your surgeon’s fees, anesthesiologist’s fees, hospital fees, type of surgery and anaesthesia used, and your desired surgical results.

Funding Your Surgery – Medicare, Payment Plans and Super

Some lower body lift procedures may be eligible for Medicare.

Medicare will not cover ‘non-therapeutic cosmetic surgery,’ or elective surgeries performed solely for cosmetic reasons; it will only cover procedures that are clinically necessary for your health or medically necessary and meet strict criteria.

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Why Choose Dr Patrick Briggs?

Dr Patrick Briggs is an experienced, board-certified plastic and cosmetic surgeon. An internationally trained surgeon, Dr Briggs is an expert in face, body, and breast surgeries. He has over 20 years of experience and has performed over 4500 surgeries in private practice. He is well known for his innovative and up-to-date approach.

Dr Briggs is dedicated to excellence in patient care and every patient is treated with the utmost respect and privacy.

Dr Briggs and his team take pleasure in assisting you with any questions while you are considering a body lift procedure, during the surgery, and while in recovery.    

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Risk and Complications

Body lift procedures are generally safe. However, some risks and complications associated with the procedure are:

  • Wound infection
  • Separation of the wound at the site of sutures
  • Fluid buildup under the skin (seroma)
  • Blood accumulation in the wound (hematoma)
  • Temporary numbness around the wound area due to minor nerve damage
  • Complications due to anaesthesia
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Commonly combined surgery

This surgery can combine a number of surgical procedures along with liposuction.

It can be performed with a procedure on another part of the body – for example, breast and arm lift surgery.

As a guide, it is best not to exceed a total of 4-6 hours of surgery. Your surgeon will advise what is suitable as a combination and what is not.

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Dr Patrick Briggs is a Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon. Both he and his team are dedicated to excellence in patient care and are committed to treating each and every patient with respect and privacy.

Not only does he offer high-quality results he also offers natural-looking plastic and cosmetic surgery results. Furthermore, he is experienced in BreastBody and Face Surgery having performed over 4500 Surgeries in private practice.

How can we help?

Dr Briggs’ Patient Coordinators take pleasure in assisting you with any questions when considering a plastic surgery procedure. Please call the Hawthorn East clinic in Melbourne between 8 am – 6 pm on Weekdays.

Phone 1300 264 811Email us or Book a free 15-minute Call with Dr Patrick Briggs’s team.

What Next?

Want more information about your Procedure?

  • For more information about pricing and payment methods, please visit our page on Surgery Payment options.
  • Talk to our Patient Care Team from 8 am to 6 pm Monday to Friday on 1300 264 811.
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What to Bring to Your Consultation

  • If you like, please bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices.
  • Take a lot of notes and thoroughly examine the documents your surgeon provides.
  • You may need to undress so it’s a good idea to wear simple clothes.

How to Book a Consultation

  • Dr Briggs’ Consultation fee is $300.
  • A referral from your GP or your specialist is helpful but not essential. However,
  • To claim any Medicare or Health Insurance you will need a referral.
  • Please contact the Patient Care Team at Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery today to book your consultation.