About Lower Body Lift Surgery
Lower body lift surgery is a contouring procedure that eliminates hanging skin and fat to lift and reshape common parts of the body changed by age, weight loss, and pregnancy. Lower body lift surgery focuses on the mid and low body, including the buttocks, stomach, flanks, low back, and thighs. According to the desired amount of skin removal, an incision all the way around the waist may be performed, which grants the highest amount of lift and skin excision. A lower body lift is a major treatment that can significantly recontour the lower half of the body for a slimmer shape. Leesburg, VA plastic surgeon Dr. Phillip Chang has additional experience with lift surgeries. In ideal patients, a lower body lift surgery at Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center in Leesburg, VA helps people to not just achieve their weight goals, but also to finalize their complete transformation with a firmer body that appears healthy and beautiful.
The best candidates for lower body lift surgery are generally people who have lost a sizeable amount of weight and are now dealing with other cosmetic challenges. These new challenges may be wrinkled, loose skin on the upper thighs and buttocks, skin that hangs on the stomach, as well as sagging skin across the middle section. For those who are considering this surgery, it's helpful to understand realistic goals, which can be talked about with Dr. Chang during your consultation appointment. First, scars are a result of this surgery because of the size of the incisions. Next, the surgery does need a longer recovery period versus many other elective surgeries, which is why it's helpful to prepare in regard to work and family care. Lastly, it's necessary that you are at or near a stable weight before undergoing lower body lift surgery.
"It's been over a year and a half since I've been going to Dr. Chang's office, I drive an hour just to get here (although I know some drive three hours or more to see him!). I did a lot of research to find a board certified plastic surgeon in the area with a solid and reputable background.Throughout my visits, he's been incredibly kind and taken the time to listen to my never ending list of questions. There are a lot of doctors that push services that you don't need just for money but he'll be transparent to tell you exactly what he feels you'll need in order to gain improvement and will work with you to see what could be the best outcome. You can also text or email him directly after any invasive procedures if you have any questions/concerns instead of waiting for a follow up. I also don't want to forget the rest of the staff - everyone from the receptionists and nurses have been very gracious, patient and accommodating to my needs but I also want to mention Melanie whose an RN at Dr. Chang's office. She has superb bed side skills and truly makes you feel at ease when you're speaking with her. I've probably annoyed her with a million questions and emails but she's still been stellar. I highly recommend her for any non-surgical procedures. They have a few videos on their website and youtube as well so you have an idea of who they are and the procedures they perform if you want to get a better idea yourself but I definitely recommend them, they're awesome."- M. / Google / Jul 24, 2018
"Dr. Chang is fantastic. He always keeps me natural and fresh. I’m so happy to have found him and his great front desk. Everyone takes their time and is always so friendly. Highly recommend!"- W. / Google / Jan 08, 2019
"I was very nervous walking into Dr. Chang's office because I found out from an MRI that I had a ruptured breast implant (done by a different doctor years before). The minute he walked into the room with that big smile, all my trepidations disappeared. He is very easy to talk to and by the end of the appointment, I felt confident in choosing Dr. Chang. The surgery went extremely well and I have 2 new beautiful breasts that restored my self-confidence. It's all because of Dr. Chang and his great staff. Thank you Dr. Chang!"- S.B. / Yelp / Jan 04, 2019
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"Dr Chang and his amazing team at Aesthetica have helped me enhance my body and shave years off my appearance. I’ve been coming to Aesthetica for over 12 years because I trust them and have had tremendous results. Dr Chang operates with complete transparency and is a total perfectionist. He has become my secret fountain of youth and I will continue to recommended him to family and friends."- N.C. / Google / Nov 28, 2018
This surgery is done with general anesthesia and generally, patients do need at least one night's stay in a medical facility. On average, the surgery can take anywhere from 4 – 7 hours. The surgical incision is commonly made along the area where a belt is worn, which is why it is sometimes known as a circumferential 360 lift or beltectomy. After the incision is precisely made by Dr. Chang, surgical liposuction will treat areas of excess fat and sagging skin will be trimmed. Then the remaining skin will be stretched taut and attached with stitches. Compression garments may be worn over the lower body to help create a trimmer result, as well as to minimize bruising, bleeding, and swelling.
What to Expect
Lower body lifts are classified as an advanced cosmetic procedure. It takes many patients at least two or more weeks to get back to everyday activities, and in certain patients, as many as six months before they can get back to more active movements including exercise. Dr. Phillip Chang or a member of his staff will discuss clear instructions and information on caring for the wound so that scars are healed for seamless results. While the recovery period may feel long, the results can be extraordinary, providing patients with a tighter, smoother body without the loose, hanging skin that prevents them from experiencing their best life. Many patients feel it's one of the most valuable elective 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. Chang will work to create incisions in areas that can be well hidden. We will also 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. Change 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?
Since many patients experience discomfort after a lower body lift procedure, you may be recommended to stay overnight in the hospital following surgery. In most cases, patients do not need more than a one-night stay. This allows you to be monitored and your pain controlled.
Transform Your Figure
Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center employs many skilled staff in the cosmetic industry. Dr. Phillip Chang invites all weight loss patients to learn more about our skin removal surgeries and your choices for a lower body lift. Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center takes pride and joy in working with our patients to help them achieve their aesthetic goals. If you are concerned about extra skin and sagging folds on the middle or lower areas of your body, you could be a candidate for lower body lift surgery. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Phillip Chang and let him go over this amazing treatment with you.