Body, Thigh & Buttock Lift

At The Center for Cosmetic Surgery, our experienced plastic surgeons perform lower body, buttock and thigh lift procedures to help patients from the metro Denver area and Colorado Springs elevate these areas while excising redundant tissues. Excess skin and fat are removed and the remaining tissues are tightened to enhance body contours. The skin laxity and poor tone may be related to the normal aging process and genetics, pregnancy, or significant weight loss. Frequently, patients who have lost large amounts of weight benefit greatly from these procedures. After you’ve done the hard work and shed the pounds, the skin frequently remains loose and excessive. No matter how hard you try, you can’t alter your skin’s elasticity. A body lift, thigh, or buttock lift may be the answer. Those who have suffered the effects of gravity or pregnancy may also enjoy the results of a lifting operation.

Body Lift
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Before & After Breast Lift Case 664 View #1 View in Golden, CO
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Case #664

42 year-old female who had lost over 100lb (naturally), was left with significant abdominal tissue skin and soft tissue excess, as well as fairly ptotic breasts.  She therefore came to me seeking post-weight loss cosmetic surgery here in Denver, Colorado, and I advised her she was an excellent candidate for a fleur-de-lis or extende... Read More
Surgeon: Paul M. Steinwald, M.D.
Before & After Body Lift Case 110 View #1 View in Golden, CO
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Case #110

This is a 54 year old female who underwent a "belt lipectomy" or circumferential lower body lift which included an abdominoplasty.  She was 5' 3" and 158 pounds at the time of surgery after having lost approximately 50 pounds.  Post-operative pictures are from 2 months after the surgery.  A lower body lift or... Read More
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
Before & After Body Lift Case 105 View #1 View in Golden, CO
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Case #105

This is a 47 year old, 5'5", 155 pound female after significant weight loss, who underwent a body lift which included an abdominoplasty, outer thigh lift and buttock lift. She also underwent a mastopexy (breast lift) and augmentation with 400 cc smooth, round, silicone gel implants placed beneath the muscle. Post-operative picture... Read More
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
Before & After Body Lift Case 765 View #1 View in Golden, CO
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Case #765

47 year-old patient seeking a body lift after moderate weight loss, but still up in the high 190-range (also had delivered 2 children ). She had undergone liposuction in the 1990s but was frustrated by the persistence of her mid-section fullness despite honest attempts at diet and exercise. It was advised that a circumferential "belt-lip... Read More
Surgeon: Paul M. Steinwald, M.D.
Before & After Body Lift Case 11523 Front View in Golden, CO
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Case #11523

This is a 44 year old, 5'3," 135 pound woman who had lost some weight. She did not like the way this made her abdomen look. She also wanted a butt and outer thigh lift. She was a great candidate for a lower body lift (or belt lipectomy). This procedure involves a tummy tuck where skin from the belly button to the pubis is removed and the unde... Read More
Surgeon: Andrew J. Wolfe, M.D.
Before & After Mommy Makeover Case 112 View #1 View in Golden, CO
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Case #112

This 38 year old woman lost 80 pound through diet and exercise and then underwent a lower body lift with abdominoplasty and a mastopexy (breast lift).  She is 5'6" tall and weighed 170 pounds at the time of surgery. Her post-operative pictures are from 4 months after surgery. The lower body lift tightens and lifts the buttocks,... Read More
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
Before & After Body Lift Case 785 View #1 View in Golden, CO
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Case #785

This 5'2", 145 lb mom of 3 lost a significant amount of weight which left her with loose skin on her abdomen. While a tummy tuck would have remedied that problem, she also wanted to lift her buttocks and outer thighs, so a circumferential body lift (or belt lipectomy) was performed. In a lower body lift, the tummy tuck incision (usually... Read More
Surgeon: Paul M. Steinwald, M.D.
Before & After Body Lift Case 76 View #1 View in Golden, CO
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Case #76

This is a 55 year old, 5'1", 128 pound female who underwent a body lift including thigh liposuction and lifting, buttock lifting, and a tummy tuck. Pictures are from 2 months after surgery. The scarring above the knees is the result of a prior procedure performed by another surgeon approximately 20 years ago. Read More
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

Who is a good candidate for a body lifting procedure?

The ideal candidate for a body lift is someone who has excessive, loose thigh skin along with sagging buttocks but is not obese. Usually, people who have lost a large amount of weight through either dieting and exercise or weight loss surgery, such as a gastric bypass, are excellent candidates for a lower body lift. It is not an ideal procedure for those who are presently obese. Although a significant amount of fat is removed during a body lift by means of liposuction and direct excision, it is more difficult to remove the necessary amount of skin in an obese patient because of the increased weight and stress on healing. Therefore, the ultimate aesthetic result is compromised and the risk of wound complications increases. The patient need not be thin before undergoing a body lift, but the operation must be individualized and carefully planned for each person to avoid a problem. A consultation with one of the plastic surgeons at The Center for Cosmetic Surgery can best help you determine if a body lift can benefit you.

How is a body lift performed?

The excess skin and fat are removed at the hip level so as to hide the scars beneath your bikini or underwear. There are two types of body lifts. One entails a lifting of the buttocks and outer thighs tapering off into the inner thigh region. This is best performed on a patient who has minimal laxity of the abdomen or has already had a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). The second type involves combining the buttock and outer thigh lift with a tummy tuck. This is the more common approach since most people with laxity of the thighs and buttocks also have a loose abdomen. Once the redundant skin and fat are removed, the remaining tissues are tightened and sewn together.

Are other procedures performed at the same time as a body lift?

A lower body lift elevating the thighs and buttocks is often done simultaneously with abdominoplasty to completely rejuvenate your mid and lower torso. This is often the best approach for most people.

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Will I have scars after a body lift?

The final location of the scars is individualized to each patient. Marking prior to surgery takes approximately one hour in order to ensure a satisfactory position of the scars based upon your clothing. Generally, the scar extends from just above the buttock crease, slightly curving upward and forward over the hip and around to the groin region. When the procedure is combined with an abdominoplasty, the scar continues down into the pubic hair in the same way a tummy tuck alone is performed. Most patients find the scar a very acceptable trade-off for getting rid of all the loose skin and tightening up the lower body. The scar is initially firm and red, but over several months will fade and smoothen to become a fine white line.

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How long does body lift surgery take?

The operation takes between four and six hours, depending upon your specific needs.

Will smoking affect my body lift recovery?

Smoking has tremendous negative effects on wound healing. The small vessels that supply blood to the tissues shrink up and prevent the necessary nutrients for healing to get to the wound. Wound complication rates and skin death are much higher in smokers. Additionally, the rate of wound infection is also significantly increased in smokers because of the impeded blood flow. Therefore, a patient needs to stop smoking for a minimum of two weeks prior to surgery to decrease the risk of these complications.

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What kind of anesthesia is administered for a body lift?

General anesthesia is the preferred method of achieving adequate sedation and pain control during a body lift. You will be entirely asleep for the duration of the procedure and awaken in recovery before you know it. Board-certified anesthesiologists administer the anesthesia and care for you before, during, and after surgery so that you have a comfortable and safe experience.

What is the recovery period for a lower body lift?

You will feel mid-body tightness and discomfort which will gradually subside over the first one to two weeks. Elastic compression garments are worn for several weeks followed by a couple of weeks during times of activity. Usually, patients are able to return to non-strenuous work activities after two weeks. Low impact exercise can begin around four weeks after surgery and by six weeks, activity is unrestricted.

To learn more about how our plastic surgeons in Denver can help you rediscover your confidence with a body lift, please request a consultation online or call (303) 278-2600.

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