Boris Goldman, MD, FACS - Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Center, LLC

Full Lower Body Lift                             (Click here for before and after  photos)


A lower body lift is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the abdomen, hips and lower back. This procedure lifts the buttocks and outer thighs and tightens the underlying muscles of the abdominal wall. It is frequently combined with liposuction so you are also encouraged to also read our information on liposuction.


Boris Goldman, MD, FACS - Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Center, LLC - Full Lower Body LiftLower body lift surgery usually takes four to six hours to perform. After you areproperly anesthetized, Dr. Goldmanwill make the incisions necessary for removal of excess skinand fat. This incision resembles a tummy tuck incision across the lower abdomen but also extends all the way around the waist and actually meets in the middle of the back over the lower spine/upper pelvic region.

After the incision has been made, Dr. Goldman gently elevates the skin and fat off of the underlying muscles of the abdominal wall. If needed, these muscles are tightened using sutures. Some patients have hernias in the abdominal wall, and these may also be repaired during a lower body lift.

After the muscles have been tightened, Dr. Goldman removes excess skin and fat and redrapes the skin over the underlying muscles. Four drains are typically placed beneath the incision. These slender, rubber tubes assist in draining any fluid that may accumulate beneath the incision and delay your healing.

The incisions are carefully closed to minimize your scar. Dr. Goldman uses a technique in which all of the sutures are placed beneath the skin and are absorbed by your body. Not having to undergo suture removal has improved patient comfort and satisfaction.

A sterile dressing is applied to the incisions, and an abdominal binder is placed around your waist. This binder helps support your incision during healing, decreases postoperative swelling, and helps decrease any bruising that may occur.


After discharge from the surgery center, the antibiotics that were prescribed during your preoperative visit should be taken three times a day until it is gone. The pain medication prescribed by Dr. Goldman during your preoperative visit should be taken fairly regularly, every four hours or so (when you are not asleep, of course). Most patients find that they are able to transition to Tylenol after three or five days. It is not safe to drive a car within twenty-four hours of taking pain medication, as your reflexes and alertness may be altered.

You should plan to take it easy following your surgery. No strenuous activities, heavy lifting (over 20 pounds), aerobic exercises, swimming, contact sports, tennis, or golf should be planned for the first three weeks. As Dr. Goldman monitors your recovery, he will advise you when it is safe to resume specific activities.

The Results You Can Expect:

You will notice an improvement in your abdominal contour immediately. However, your shape will continue to improve in the following weeks as the mild swelling subsides. You should be up and walking the day following surgery, although your abdomen will be sore for several days. You should able to resume your normal daily activities within one to two weeks following surgery, and you should be able to resume all of your physical activities within three to four weeks of surgery.                             

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