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Lower Body Lift

Lower Body Lift in Downers Grove, IL

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A lower body lift, also known as a 360 body lift or belt lipectomy, concentrates on the surgical removal of excess skin and small pockets of stubborn fat from the lower body, including the stomach, hips, and thighs. Often caused by major weight loss, pregnancy, childbirth, and aging, loose and excess skin can be treated by a lower body lift at Dr. Robert J Paresi, Jr. MD in Chicago, performed by renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Paresi. After a lower body lift, patients can see a visible improvement to their contour and shape. After the loose skin is removed, the underlying tissue and muscles are tightened to redefine the entire lower body. This procedure helps many patients achieve the new, beautiful figure they have been working towards.

Surgical Technique

During a lower body lift, an incision is made horizontally across the lower abdomen, circling the body. Through these incisions, excess fat pockets will be removed using liposuction and the underlying tissue and muscle will be pulled tight. An experienced surgeon will make every attempt to trim away as much loose skin as possible, while protecting the incision area to minimize scarring. 

During/After Surgery

All lower body lift surgeries are performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility. The duration of the surgery depends on how many procedures are performed and to what extent. It is common for a surgery of this nature to take 3-4 hours or longer. The recovery can also be quite trying. Most patients will be required to spend a couple of nights in the hospital. It could take 2 weeks or longer before work and normal activities can resume. A lower body lift can create a natural shape and a leaner, more toned figure. Patients who adhere to a healthy lifestyle can enjoy their surgical results for years.  

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Lower Body Lift FAQs

How Bad is the Scarring?

While this procedure produces great results, scarring is inevitable. However, every effort is made to create clean incisions and leave a thin scar line. These incisions are also created low to follow the natural bikini line and keep them hidden if a bathing suit is worn. The scars will continue to heal and fade over time. Most patients feel their sleeker, tighter body outweighs the scarring.

Is This Surgery Painful?

Because of the extent of this procedure, patients may feel discomfort during the recovery process. For this reason, patients are required to stay in the hospital for a couple of days to be monitored and will be prescribed pain medication to help minimize pain and discomfort.

Will Insurance Apply?

Yes, insurance may cover some portion of a body lift procedure.  For massive weight loss patients, there may be chronic skin infections or other issues caused by obesity. This varies by patient condition, insurance policy and procedure. Patient benefits will be discussed during the pre-op meeting with one of our billing and insurance coordinators. 

Best Time for Surgery?

Individuals contemplating a lower body lift will need to be at or near their goal weight. If they anticipate losing a significant amount of weight, this needs to happen first. Once the weight has been lost, a physical will be required to ensure the body has stabilized enough to endure surgery.

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