Ideal lower body lift candidates should have maintained a stable weight for at least a year. Women considering becoming pregnant in the future should postpone a lower body lift until after pregnancy to achieve optimal results.
Candidates should be committed to leading a healthy lifestyle. They typically experience significant loose soft tissue (skin) in multiple areas of the lower body.
Candidates who smoke or have serious conditions that interfere with the regular healing process are not good candidates for a lower body lift. Post-bariatric patients who have not reached a stable weight and women who are considering becoming pregnant are not good candidates. These conditions result in weight fluctuations that may reduce the effectiveness of a lower body lift.
Like other procedures, a lower body lift requires certain general surgery procedures such as preoperative blood testing, medications, and cessation of smoking or use of pain relievers and anti-inflammatory drugs.
Patients typically experience swelling or bruising, and may have a tube inserted at the incision sites to drain excess blood. They may need to wear compression belts around the area during the healing process. One or two days of inpatient care is required. Significant pain and discomfort will occur in the first two weeks, but can be mitigated by pain relievers. Your surgeon will schedule follow-up care and removal of sutures at his or her office. This generally occurs about two weeks after the procedure. Full healing may take up to a month or longer, and patients should wait 6 to 8 weeks before resuming vigorous exercise. Patients typically wait 2 to 3 weeks before returning to light desk work and regular activities.
As with any surgery, there are risks of complications related to infection or adverse reactions to anesthesia. A proper assessment of every patient, along with complete lab work, will help prevent postoperative complications. After healing, scars are handled with special treatments to minimize their appearance.
Complications specific to lower body lifts include fluid accumulation, death of fatty tissue, recurrent looseness of skin, and skin loss. Since a more significant amount of skin is removed during a lower body lift than in other cosmetic surgery procedures, it also carries a higher rate of complications.