When Will My Flexibility Return Again After A 360 Circumferential Body Lift?

By: Dr. J. Timothy Katzen


The amount of time, effort, and dedication that goes into losing a significant amount of weight can be astonishing. The achievement is certainly something of which to be proud. However, for many patients who lose a great deal of weight, celebrating is the last thing on their minds. Excess, loose, and hanging skin that often remains after large volume weight loss can rob men and women from enjoying the results of their hard work and living the life of which they’ve been dreaming. If you are suffering from issues associated with excess skin after weight loss, you are not alone, and – better yet – there is a solution! weight loss plastic surgery specialist Dr. J. Timothy Katzen and the exceptional team at J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills are proud to be able to help men and women regain their confidence. Dr. Katzen and his team can help patients to complete their weight loss journey and transformation through Dr. Katzen’s signature 360 circumferential lower body lift procedure.

What is a 360 circumferential lower body lift?

Also known as a 360 lower body lift, beltectomy, or belt lipectomy, Dr. Katzen’s signature 360 circumferential lower body lift is an exciting and innovative procedure designed to help patients in Beverly Hills, CA achieve one of the most dramatic levels of body contouring possible through the removal of excess skin and fat from multiple areas, including:

  • Abdomen

  • Flanks

  • Lower back

  • Buttocks

  • Upper thighs

How does a 360 circumferential lower body lift work?

During a 360 circumferential body lift at J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills, Dr. Katzen will make an extensive incision around the body, near where a belt would be worn. This allows Dr. Katzen to access an expansive area and remove the maximum amount of abdominal skin and fat possible. Stubborn pockets of fat are removed with liposuction, and the excess, wrinkled, hanging skin is removed. Dr. Katzen will then pull the remaining skin taut and secure it with sutures.

What is the recovery like after 360 lower body lift surgery?

Patients who undergo a 360 circumferential lower body lift should expect to spend at least two nights in a recovery center or hospital, where they will be monitored before being released into the care of a trusted friend or loved one. Upon returning home, it is normal to experience discomfort, swelling, bruising, and other symptoms. Dr. Katzen will prescribe medications and give you additional instructions to help relieve your symptoms and promote proper and complete healing. Post operative instructions will include wearing compression garments and avoiding certain physical activities. It is imperative that you follow Dr. Katzen’s postoperative guidelines closely.

After surgery, you should expect your mobility to be significantly limited for at least the first two week. It is essential that you plan to have help around the house, particularly if you have young children or live alone. Most patients are able to return to work, provided their job does not require much physical activity, after about 3 – 4 weeks, though it may take longer in some cases.

Immediately after surgery in Beverly Hills, CA, you will certainly be able to see a visible change in your physique, though your final results may not be apparent for up to six months or more, as your swelling continues to subside.

When can I exercise after a 360 circumferential lower body lift?

Before resuming any form of physical activity, especially strenuous exercise, it is essential that you get clearance from Dr. Katzen. In general, it takes about two weeks for patients to return to light walking around the house, though it may take at least six weeks to regain your lower body flexibility and strength. Jogging, running, and weight lifting, and certain high-impact exercises may be off-limits for at least four to six months. Even low-impact activities, like yoga, may be difficult for several months as your flexibility slowly returns.

Though it can be tempting to return to your normal routines as soon as you begin feeling a bit more like yourself, resuming physical activities too early can be detrimental to your healing and final results. One of the most beneficial things you can do during your 360 circumferential lower body lift recovery is to allow yourself ample time to rest, relax, and recover; don’t rush it!

What are the scars like from a 360 circumferential lower body lift?

Due to the extensive and invasive nature of a lower body lift procedure, visible scarring is unavoidable. However, Dr. Katzen takes great care to place his incisions so that the scars can be concealed with clothing as much as possible. In the end, the vast majority of patients agree that the stunning, dramatic, and life-changing results of Dr. Katzen’s 360 circumferential lower body lifts are well worth the scars and the recovery period.

If you are ready to take the final step in your weight loss transformation, regain your confidence, and get rid of your cumbersome and embarrassing excess skin once and for all, call J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills to schedule your consultation with and award-winning plastic surgeon Dr. J. Timothy Katzen today!

Call today to schedule a consultation. For your convenience, Dr. Katzen has offices in Beverly Hills, CA, Las Vegas, NV and Dubai. Physical or virtual consultations can be arranged. Options include Facetime, Zoom, Skype, or WhatsApp virtual consultation. Call Dr. Katzen today for your consultations to achieve the body of your dreams.


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