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LOWER BODY LIFT, BUTTOCK LIFT, AND THIGH LIFT

ACHIEVE FIRMER, MORE TONED CONTOURS WITH ADVANCED TECHNIQUES IN THE PHILADELPHIA, PA, AREA

A lower body lift at the Philadelphia area's Cross Plastic Surgery can address sagging skin and excess fat on the lower midsection—as well features below that—to improve overall contours. Whether choosing an overall lower body lift or a buttock lift or thigh lift on its own, the procedure can help define key areas to create a sleeker, more proportional look. Lift procedures can target the waistline, abdominal area, thighs, and buttocks for a shapelier, tighter, and more youthful appearance.

Lower body lift surgery and similar procedures can make it easier for patients to feel comfortable in tight-fitting clothing or to exercise and perform daily activities.

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To learn more about the benefits of a thigh lift, buttock lift or lower body lift, contact the Philadelphia area's Cross Plastic Surgery. Call (215) 561-9100 (Philadelphia) or (610) 688-9100 (Villanova), or send a message online to request a consultation.

WHAT CAUSES THE LOWER BODY TO LOSE ITS SHAPE?

The aging process can cause a variety of changes to the body. One of the most significant changes is the skin losing elasticity, causing the midsection and lower body to lose their natural shape and firmness. Laxity and sagging are often made worse by pregnancy or significant changes in weight, whether from a rapidly successful diet or weight loss surgery.

WHAT ARE BODY LIFTS?

A body lift is a type of plastic surgery that typically combines several procedures designed to reduce excess skin and resistant fat from specific areas. These procedures are highly rewarding for patients who are bothered by loose skin and excess fat that won’t go away with diet and exercise alone. Some body lifts are designed to sculpt the lower body in particular.

How does a lower body lift work? How do you know if you need a thigh lift? What is a buttock lift? Here’s what you should know about techniques used for these procedures:

LOWER BODY LIFT

What is included in a lower body lift? A lower body lift or belt lipectomy enhances the appearance of the belt line by removing loose skin from the lower part of the abdomen and buttocks. Sometimes a lower body lift may include a tummy tuck, thigh lift, and buttock lift.

You may be wondering: “What is the difference between a lower body lift and a tummy tuck?”

Although there are some similarities between a lower body lift and tummy tuck, the two procedures are not the same. A tummy tuck only addresses the front area of the abdomen, while a lower body lift includes a 360-degree incision to remove excess skin around the trunk and the buttocks is also reshaped at the same time.

THIGH LIFT

A thigh lift is a procedure that reshapes the inner and outer parts of the thighs. Incisions allow for the removal of excess fat and skin, as well as the repositioning of tissues.

BUTTOCK LIFT

In a buttock lift, sagging skin and excess fat are removed as a way of improving the shape of the buttocks.

WHAT ARE SOME REASONS TO CONSIDER A LOWER BODY LIFT, THIGH LIFT, OR BUTTOCK LIFT?

  • Reshaping mid-body and lower body contours.
  • Correcting sagging skin and fat due to aging or excessive weight loss.
  • Addressing pockets of stubborn fat on specific areas and stretched skin caused by multiple pregnancies.

WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR A LOWER BODY LIFT, THIGH LIFT, OR BUTTOCK LIFT?

Sometimes a good diet and exercise routine on their own aren’t enough to address unwanted changes on the lower body. Furthermore, stretched skin due to weight loss, aging, genetics, or pregnancy isn’t likely to snap back into place on its own. If you have excess skin on the lower body, stretched or weakened abdominal muscles, and loose or wrinkled skin on the thighs or buttocks, you may be an ideal candidate for a lower body lift.

If you are unhappy with the appearance of your thighs, you may be a good thigh lift candidate. Similarly, individuals who want to improve the contours of the buttocks may be good buttock lift candidates. Candidates for any of these procedures should be in good overall health and at a stable weight in order to best maintain their results in the future.

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See for yourself the patient transformations that can be achieved by Dr. Cross and his team.

WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE LIKE FOR A LOWER BODY LIFT, BUTTOCK, OR THIGH LIFT?

A lower body lift can be applied to the lower torso and upper legs, including the abdomen, waist, inner/outer thighs, buttocks, and/or hips. Liposuction may also be performed in conjunction with a lower body lift.

The precise procedure varies with each patient, depending on the body type and desired surgical outcome. Generally speaking, the lower body lift procedure entails making an incision that follows the upper and/or inner thigh, to the waistline. In more extensive lower body lift surgeries, the incision goes completely around the waist and lower back. Focused buttock or thigh lifts only require an incision at the crease of the upper buttocks or groin, respectively. Excess skin is then removed, followed by the underlying fat deposits.

Often, however, the excess skin and fat of the buttock and back region can be used to help create shape in the buttock region. This can take a flat or "deflated" buttock and help give it not only less skin excess, but also improved shape and firmness. Finally, the skin is pulled taut and sutured into its new configuration.

The incisions are hidden in the creases of the groin or below underpants lines. Generally, all the incisions are closed with absorbable sutures. After the procedure, Dr. Kevin Cross and Dr. Jackie Lyons utilize a number of strategies to help minimize the appearance of the incision during the healing process.

WHAT IS RECOVERY LIKE AFTER A LOWER BODY, BUTTOCK, AND THIGH LIFT?

The recovery time for a thigh, buttock, or lower body lift depends on the extent of work performed, but generally is very similar to that of a tummy tuck in the case of a lower body lift, and even faster in the case of thigh lifts.

The extent of recovery is determined in large part by the amount of skin and fat that must be removed and lifted. Patients typically wear a supportive garment for the first one to two weeks after a lower body lift. In most cases, patients can begin walking the day of the lower body lift procedure. Light exercise is typically started two to three weeks after the procedure, and full exercise around four to six weeks.

If you’ve had a lower body lift, it’s likely that your torso will appear slimmer, but it can take some time for swelling and bruising to subside and even longer for the tissue to settle into position.

WHICH OTHER FORMS OF COSMETIC SURGERY COMPLEMENT A LOWER BODY LIFT?

Along with lower body lifts, Cross Plastic Surgery also provides a full range of cosmetic procedures for the face and other areas of the body. Many of these procedures are designed for the upper body. Individuals who want to focus on their breasts may wish to consider breast augmentation, breast lift or breast reduction surgery. A brachioplasty (arm lift) reshapes the upper arm area by removing excess fat and tightening loose skin. Liposuction can be used to remove fat from upper body areas such as the arms, neck, and chest. Facial rejuvenation procedures such as a facelift, brow lift, blepharoplasty, or neck lift are also offered.

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For more advice about a thigh lift, buttock lift or lower body lift at Philadelphia area’s Cross Plastic Surgery, call (215) 561-9100 or Main Line's Villanova (610) 688-9100 or fill out a contact form to request a consultation

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Philadelphia, PA

2200 Arch Street Suite 120, Philadelphia, PA 19103
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775 E. Lancaster Avenue Suite 230, Villanova, PA 19085
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