About Lower Body Lift Surgery
Lower body lift surgery is a contouring procedure that eliminates hanging skin and fat to lift and reshape common parts of the body changed by age, weight loss, and pregnancy. Lower body lift surgery focuses on the mid and low body, including the buttocks, stomach, flanks, low back, and thighs. According to the desired amount of skin removal, an incision all the way around the waist may be performed, which grants the highest amount of lift and skin excision. A lower body lift is a major treatment that can recontour a patient’s lower half of the body. San Francisco, CA plastic surgeon Dr. James Anthony has additional experience with lift surgeries. In ideal patients, a lower body lift surgery at our San Francisco practice helps people to not just achieve their weight goals, but also to finalize their complete transformation with a firmer body that appears healthy and beautiful.
The best candidates for lower body lift surgery are generally people who have lost a large amount of weight and are now dealing with other cosmetic challenges. These new challenges may be wrinkled, loose skin on the upper thighs and buttocks, skin that hangs on the stomach, as well as sagging skin across the middle section. For those who are considering this surgery, it's helpful to understand realistic goals, which can be talked about with Dr. Anthony during your consultation appointment. First, scars are a result of this surgery because of the size of the incisions. Next, the surgery does need a longer recovery period versus many other elective surgeries, which is why it's helpful to prepare in regard to work and family care. Lastly, it's necessary that you are at or near a stable weight before undergoing lower body lift surgery.
"Dr Anthony was recommended to me, and I've had more than one procedure at his clinic. At my initial consultation I felt at ease to ask a myriad of questions. He has a warm style, listens and works to understand each individual body and situation. His work is a skilled blend of art and science, and he recommends what is best for the patient, not what is trending. Each time I've been impressed with Dr Anthony's ability to minimize scars and hide them well. In preparation for surgery, what to expect on the day is explained in detail. I'm delighted with my results which look natural and have stood the test of time well. Dr Anthony's team is excellent - Ann, Jasmine and Megan are personal and caring."- M.B. / Yelp / Apr 19, 2019
"I would give 10 stars if I could. I have worked as a nurse in the aesthetics field for 15 years. I turned 60 in 2019 and decided to treat myself to a mini facelift and a minor nose tip revision. I was very, very lucky to be referred to Dr. James Anthony!! Although precise surgical expertise is important to me, Dr. Anthony had me at HELLO:) with his personality. He is kind, compassionate, excellent eye contact and listens to my concerns. My results are completely natural, even my friends, family, colleagues and even my own patients' say I look fresher but can't figure out what I have had done. Dr. Anthony suggested a couple of extra touches which made a huge difference to my neck bands. Thank you again for your highly experienced artistry! Yasmin at reception is always very pleasant and kind both in person and on the phone. Ann, Patient Coordinator, answers all my questions and listens to my needs. The OR staff is excellent! I had less than 1 week downtime over my Christmas holiday with minimal pain. Although, I now live in Los Angeles, I plan on returning to Dr. Anthony for an upper blepharoplasty procedure soon! Stay tuned for my before and after photos on Dr. James P. Anthony's Website."- C.C. / Yelp / Mar 03, 2020
"Dr. Anthony performed an upper and lower eyelid lift, nasolabial fold injections, neck thermage and abdominal liposuction for me (I figured as long as I was going to be under general anesthesia, I might as well get everything done at once). I am thrilled with the results. I was able to return to the office and start going out again within a week and a half of the surgery. Within two weeks, people started spontaneously telling me that I looked great -- so relaxed and well rested. It's been about five weeks since I had the procedures, and every day, I feel as if I look even better. Dr. Anthony strives to maintain a natural look -- no one would know I've had these procedures. In my initial consultation, he took his time explaining all of the options, potential risks, likely recovery time, and likely outcomes. After the consultation, he responded to my follow up questions by email, quickly and thoroughly. After the surgery, he checked in with me by phone and by email. His staff is excellent and also a great source of information about the procedures Dr. Anthony performs. I highly recommend him to anyone considering plastic surgery."- C.L. / Yelp / Feb 08, 2020
"Dr. Anthony is a highly skilled and very experienced surgeon. His work is impeccable and results exceed expectations. I have seen Dr. Anthony for a number of procedures including breast lift and augmentation, liposuction, upper eyelid lift and neck lift. I've always been thrilled with my results and surprised at how quickly I heal with minimal discomfort and zero complications. The results are completely natural. Even people who have known me for 20 years have not noticed that I had my eyes done and a neck lift! The only comments people make are "you look great" or ask if I lost weight. Dr. Anthony is kind, patient and answers all questions and his staff is great - very helpful and friendly. I have 100% confidence in him."- C.H. / Yelp / Feb 01, 2020
"I recently had eye lid surgery with Dr. Anthony who had been highly recommended by a friend. Dr. Anthony did not disappoint! I was concerned about looking fake or changing the shape of my eyes but Dr. Anthony listened to my concerns and my eyes turned out perfect. What I love about Dr. Anthony is that he made me look younger but natural, I have seen the same result with my friends who have had procedures with Dr. Anthony. My procedure was painless, short and easy. The staff was friendly and professional and addressed all of my concerns. Dr. Anthony has a great bedside manner, is an excellent surgeon and I will go back for more procedures as needed. A+"- E.M. / Yelp / Dec 03, 2019
This surgery is done with general anesthesia and generally patients do need at least one night's stay in a medical facility. The surgery may be a while, taking an average of 4 – 7 hours. The surgical incision is commonly made along the area where a belt is worn, which is why it is sometimes known as a circumferential 360 lift or beltectomy. After the incision is precisely made by Dr. Anthony, surgical liposuction will treat areas of excess fat and sagging skin will be trimmed. Then the remaining skin will be stretched taut and attached with stitches. Compression garments may be worn over the lower body to help create a trimmer result, as well as to minimize swelling, bleeding, and bruising.
What to Expect
Lower body lifts are classified as an advanced cosmetic procedure. It takes many patients at least two or more weeks to get back to light activities, and in certain patients, as many as six months before they can get back to more active movements including exercise. Dr. Anthony or a member of his staff will discuss clear instructions and information on caring for the wound so that scars are healed for seamless results. While the recovery period may feel long, the results can be extraordinary, providing patients with a tighter, smoother body without the loose, hanging skin that prevents them from experiencing their best life. Many patients feel it's one of the most valuable elective surgeries available today.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a lower body lift cost?
The price of a lower body lift procedure will vary from patient to patient. During your consultation, a member of our team will be able to discuss a treatment plan that can fit your needs and budget. We also offer financing options and payment plans to help make your treatment as affordable as possible.
Will I have visible scarring?
There are several factors that can contribute to the amount of scarring an individual may experience after a lower body lift including age, genetics, and skin color. At our practice, our trained plastic surgeons work to create incisions in areas that can be well hidden. We also will provide you with aftercare instructions on how to help your incisions heal properly for minimal scarring.
What can I expect during recovery?
After a lower body lift procedure, you may experience some swelling and bruising around the treatment area. Follow-up appointments will be necessary so that your surgeon can track your healing process. It is also important to contact our office if you experience any abnormal or significantly painful side effects.
When should I consider getting a lower body lift?
When contemplating a lower body lift there are a few things to consider. You should be at or near your goal weight, and you will not be a candidate if you anticipate losing a significant amount of weight after surgery. Prior to surgery, you must also complete a physical examination to ensure that your body is stable enough for surgery.
Will I have to stay overnight in the hospital?
Since many patients experience discomfort after a lower body lift procedure, you may be recommended to stay overnight in the hospital following surgery. In most cases, patients do not need to spend more than a one-night stay. This allows you to be monitored and your pain to be controlled.
Transform Your Figure
Our San Francisco practice employs many compassionate staff in the cosmetic industry. Dr. James Anthony invites all weight loss patients to learn more about our skin removal surgeries and your choices for a lower body lift. We take pride and joy in working with our patients to make it to their aesthetic goals. If you are concerned about extra skin and sagging folds on the middle or lower areas of your body, you could be a candidate for lower body lift surgery. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Anthony and let him go over this amazing treatment with you.