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Body, Thigh & Buttock Lift

Lower body, buttock and thigh lifting procedures are used to 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 at our Denver practice is the answer. Those who have suffered the effects of gravity or pregnancy may also enjoy the results of a lifting operation.

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

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Body Lift Case 765 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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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-lipectomy"... Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Body Lift Case 110 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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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 belt... Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Body Lift Case 76 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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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 Vath
Body Lift Case 125 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #125

This is a 51 year old, 5'6", 130 pound woman who lost 70 pounds prior to undergoing plastic surgery.  She underwent a lower body lift with abdominoplasty and a breast augmentation. 340 cc smooth, round, saline implants were placed beneath the muscle through a periareolar incision.  Post-operative pictures are from 2 months... Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Body Lift Case 111 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #111

This is a 5' 6", 145 pound, 41 year old female who underwent a "belt lipectomy" or circumferential lower body lift which included an abdominoplasty.  Post-operative pictures are from 2 months after the surgery.  The trade-off for the nice contour improvement achieved with a lower body lift is a circumferential... Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Body Lift Case 105 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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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 pictures are from... Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Body Lift Case 785 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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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 Steinwald
Body Lift Case 740 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #740

29 year-old female who had lost approximately 80 pounds and underwent a posterior body lift (following an extended abdominoplasty) to address her posterior trunk/flank area (i.e. "love handles") with associated excess skin, as well as to provide a degree of thigh and buttock lifting; photos here are from approximately 6 months post-op. Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald

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 Dr. Vath, Dr. Wolfe, or Dr. Steinwald 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 is 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 is 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 an abdominoplasty to completely rejuvenate your mid and lower torso. This is often the best approach for most people.

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What type of scarring is incurred?

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.

How long does the surgery take?

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

Will smoking affect my recovery?

Smoking has tremendous negative affects 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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Board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Steven Vath, Dr. Andrew Wolfe, and Dr. Paul Steinwald lead our patient-centered practice with warmth, honesty, and respect. Their combined expertise and credentials have placed us among Colorado's premier aesthetic centers.

What kind of anesthesia is administered?

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 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.

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