What is Recovery Like from a 360 Circumferential Body Lift?

By: Dr. J. Timothy Katzen


Our skin has the natural ability to accommodate body changes such as pregnancy or weight gain. However, when a significant amount of weight is lost, the skin may not have time to adapt. This results in loose or sagging skin that can’t be treated without surgical intervention. plastic surgeon Dr. J. Timothy Katzen has plenty of experience treating patients who struggle with this issue.

At J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills, we offer lower body lift surgery to reshape parts of the body after weight loss. With his trademark 360 circumferential lower body lift technique, Dr. Katzen focus on areas such as the abdomen, buttocks, flanks, and upper thighs for a more contoured appearance. To learn more about this procedure and what patients can expect from the recovery process, contact Dr. Katzen’s office for a consultation in Beverly Hills, CA.

Who should get a 360 Circumferential lower body lift?

Patients who get the best outcome from a lower body lift have certain characteristics. Ideal candidates have lost a considerable amount of weight and now deal with challenges such as wrinkled or hanging skin throughout their middle section. During your consultation, Dr. Katzen will perform an examination to make sure there are no underlying medical conditions that will interfere with the surgery or recovery.

During a lower body lift, Dr. Katzen may take one of several approaches based on the level of correction needed. This includes the location and amount of skin to be removed. We will also take your personal preferences and cosmetic goals into account when creating your surgical plan. Due to the large incisions created during a 360 lower body lift surgery, patients should expect scarring and 2-3 week recovery period. At J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills, our caring staff will help you plan ahead of time so that you have realistic goals.

What happens during a 360 Circumferential lower body lift surgery?

A lower body lift is performed under the care of Dr. Katzen and his surgical team, a 360 circumferential body lift will require two or more nights stay in Dr. Katzen’s medical facility. The lower body lift surgery can last between 4 – 7 hours based on the areas being treated. The incision is placed along the body where a belt would be worn, which is why this procedure is sometimes known as a belt lipectomy. During the procedure, Dr. Katzen will remove excess fat and excess skin. Loose skin is then tightened and secured with special sutures. Once the 360 lower body lift surgery has been completed, Dr. Katzen will place a medical compression garment to control side effects such as bruising and swelling.

What is recovery like after a 360 circumferential body lift?

A 360 circumferential body lift is considered major reconstructive surgery. This means most patients need to wait at least two weeks to resume everyday activities and up to two months before getting back to regular exercise. Dr. Katzen or a member of his staff will review recovery instructions with you beforehand, including information about incision care, pain medication, and which activities to avoid. Although some results of the belt lipectomy can be seen almost immediately, the final outcome can take several months based on the extensiveness of the surgery.

After a lower body lift, you will experience swelling and bruising around the treatment areas. Dr. Katzen asks that you avoid bending or lifting heavy objects during recovery. Dr. Katzen can give you some tips on how to position yourself when sleeping so you can feel comfortable when resting. Our facility in Beverly Hills will also schedule follow-up appointments as needed, so Dr. Katzen can track your progress. If you see any symptoms of an infection or have other concerns, please call Dr. Katzen so he can assist you.

Schedule your belt lipectomy

Dr. J. Timothy Katzen understands that plastic surgery after weight loss is an important decision and that the process can be stressful. During your consultation, you will discuss your options with a professional who is interested in your cosmetic and aesthetic goals. The entire team at J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills is dedicated to creating an environment where people can look and feel great about their bodies again. Dr. Katzen has performed his well-known 360 circumferential lower body on hundreds of patients with wonderful outcomes. Call today for a consultation with Dr. Katzen in Beverly Hills, CA and allow us to tell you more about this life-changing surgery.







* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.