Lower Body Lift Surgery (Belt Lipectomy for Body Contouring) – Portland, OR*

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About Lower Body Lift Surgery

A lower body lift is a body contouring procedure that removes excess skin and fat to reshape and lift certain areas of the body affected by weight loss or pregnancy. The surgery targets the mid and the lower body, including the abdomen, buttocks, lower back, flanks, and upper thighs. Depending upon how much skin removal is required, a circumferential 360 incision may be made, which allows the greatest amount of skin excision and lift. This is a major surgery and can redefine a patient’s lower body. Seasoned plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Bensimon has special training with skin removal surgeries. In many cases, this surgery at The Bensimon Center in Portland, OR allows patients to not only reach their weight loss goals but to complete their overall transformation with a tighter figure that looks healthy and normal.

Ideal Candidates

Ideal candidates for this surgery are usually ones who have lost a significant amount of weight and are battling new challenges. These challenges consist of loose, wrinkled skin on the buttocks and upper thighs, hanging skin on the abdomen, and saggy skin throughout the midsection. If you are a candidate for this procedure, it is important to have realistic expectations, which can be discussed with Dr. Bensimon during your initial consultation. First, scarring is a part of this surgery due to the large incisions. Second, this procedure does have a lengthy recovery compared to most cosmetic surgeries so it is important to plan ahead if you work or have small children. Finally, it is important that you are at your goal weight when considering this surgery.

Surgical Technique

This procedure is performed under minimally invasive anesthesia and most patients do require an overnight stay in the hospital. The surgery time can be quite lengthy, lasting anywhere from 4 – 7 hours. The incision is typically placed along where a belt would be worn, which is why it is known as a circumferential 360 or in some cases, a beltectomy. Once the incision has been carefully made by Dr. Bensimon, liposuction will remove all excess fat and loose skin will be gently trimmed away. Then the remaining skin will be pulled tight and secured with sutures. Compression garments will be placed over the incisions to help create a slimming result, as well as to control bleeding, swelling, and bruising.

What to Expect

A lower body lift is considered a major operation. It takes most patients around two weeks to resume basic activities, and in some cases, up to six months before a return to more vigorous movements, such as aerobic exercise. Dr. Richard Bensimon or a member of his staff will provide very detailed instructions and information on wound care so that scarring is minimized as much as possible. While the recovery can seem lengthy, the results are extraordinary, leaving patients with a smoother, tighter body without the hanging, loose skin that prevented them from living a full life. Most patients feel it is one of the most worthwhile cosmetic procedures offered 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, Dr. Bensimon will be able to discuss a treatment plan that can fit your needs and budget. The Bensimon Center accepts many payment methods, including low-interest medical financing to help make your treatment as affordable as possible.

Will I have visible scarring?
Many factors can contribute to the visibility of scarring you have after a lower body lift. Dr. Bensimon designs incision patterns so they are either easily concealed in less visible areas, like in natural skin folds, or where they will be covered by undergarments. Dr. Bensimon or a member of his team will provide you with aftercare instructions on how to help your incisions heal properly so the scars are flat and eventually blend with your normal skin.

What can I expect during recovery?
After a lower body lift procedure, you may experience some swelling and bruising around the treatment areas. Follow-up appointments will be necessary so Dr. Bensimon can track your healing. It is important to contact our office if you experience any signs of an infection or have any concerns.

When should I consider getting a lower body lift?
If you are considering a lower body lift, schedule a consultation with Dr. Bensimon to learn more about the process and when it may be right for you to get one. You should be at or near a healthy, stable weight, since gaining or losing a significant amount of weight after a lower body lift may alter your results. Prior to surgery, Dr. Bensimon will also perform a physical examination to ensure that you are healthy enough to recover properly.

Will I have to stay overnight in the hospital?
Generally, Dr. Bensimon requires his patients spend at least one night in a hospital or medical facility after a lower body lift. This stay is for your comfort and safety so your health can be monitored and your pain can be controlled. Depending on how many areas are being addressed and how quickly you recover, Dr. Bensimon may recommend you stay multiple nights. During your consultation, Dr. Bensimon will discuss where you can stay and how long he estimates you will be there.

Transform Your Figure

The Bensimon Center employs some of the most highly skilled individuals in the aesthetic industry. Dr. Richard Bensimon welcomes all weight loss patients to consult about our skin removal procedures and the options for lower body lift surgery. The Bensimon Center takes great pride and joy in helping our patients to achieve their final goals. If you have excessive skin and hanging folds on the mid to lower portion of your body, you may be a candidate for a lower body lift. Call today for a consultation with Dr. Bensimon and allow him to discuss this life-changing process with you.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.