What is a 360 Lower Body Lift?
A lower body lift surgery is a body contouring procedure that eliminates hanging skin and fat to reshape and lift common parts of the body negatively affected by age, pregnancy, and especially weight loss. Incorporating his trademark 360 circumferential lower body lift technique, board-certified plastic surgeon and weight loss surgery specialist Dr. Timothy Katzen performs this surgery to focus on the mid and low body (including the abdomen, buttocks, lower back, flanks, and upper thighs). Depending on the desired amount of skin removal, a circumferential 360 incision is made, which grants the greatest amount of skin excision and lift. This is a major treatment that will recontour a patient’s lower body. In many cases, this surgery at J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills provides patients with more than just the opportunity to reach their weight loss goals: it also finalizes their complete transformation by producing a taut figure that looks healthy and beautiful, revealing the fullest results of their hard work.
Who is a candidate for a 360 lower body lift?
Candidates for a lower body lift have lost 100 pounds or more and now deal with challenges like wrinkled skin on the buttocks and upper thighs, hanging skin on the abdomen, and saggy skin throughout the middle section. If you're interested in a lower body lift, it's important to have realistic goals. Most patients should expect some level of scarring. This procedure also requires a lengthy recovery period, even when compared to other cosmetic surgeries. Finally, it's necessary that you are at a stable weight with no plans of significant weight loss that could reverse your outcomes.
To summarize, ideal candidates for a 360 lower body lift:
- Have lost a remarkable amount of weight
- Deal with hanging skin throughout the body
- Are realistic about their cosmetic goals
- Are willing to go through a lengthy recovery
- Are at a stable weight
Despite the scarring and extensive recovery times associated with this procedure, many patients require this life-changing surgery as the final step in their total weight loss and health transformation. In other words, the downsides don't even rival the positive outcomes that Dr. Katzen's highly regarded post-weight loss treatment can provide.
What are the benefits of a 360 lower body lift?
There are many benefits to a 360 lower body lift, including:
- Removal of excess fat and skin on the lower body
- Reduction of loose skin after significant weight loss
- Long-term results
- Strategically placed incisions so scars can be hidden
- Results for the abdomen, upper pubic region, love handle, buttocks, and lower back
360 Lower Body Lift Reviews
"Dr. Katzen is the Best (Extended Tummy Tuck) - After weight loss, I thought I would need a body lift, but Dr. Katzen said all I needed was an extended tummy tuck. The extended tummy tuck incision does not go all the way in the back like a body lift incision would have been, which meant my recovery time and the pain was less. It also meant, less cost because OR time wasn't as long. I bring this up to show how caring Dr. Katzen is. He puts his patients' needs first and does whatever he thinks is right, he's not all about the money. I appreciate Dr. Katzen so much for his compassion and skills."- F.H. / RealSelf / Feb 18, 2020
"New York to Los Angeles for Body Lift - After months of research, I can confidently say Dr. Katzen is the top surgeon for body lifts. I came to Dr. Katzen from New York because of his specialty with body lift procedures. He has amazing skills that he shares on youtube and Instagram. I also love seeing his patients' videos sharing their own body lift experiences. Although it was quite the distance for me to travel for surgery, it was worth every penny."- C.M. / RealSelf / Feb 18, 2020
"Body Lift After Gastric Bypass by Dr. Timothy Katzen - This is the best surgeon if you are needing a body lift. Dr. Katzen has done hundreds of body lifts procedures and his results are phenomenal. I myself had the gastric bypass procedure and lost over 100 pounds. Before going to Dr. Katzen, I met quite a few of his patients online and found many of his patients' youtube channel discussing their surgeries. I was well informed and went into surgery confidently. This was one of the best decisions I made after my weight loss surgery."- M. / RealSelf / Feb 18, 2020
"The Best and I Looked Researched Everywhere and Everyone - Body lift and thigh lift 11 pounds removed and I have my 19 year old body back [RSBleep], you know the body we had before the babies and the weight gains loses gains and loses ------ Dr. Katzen exceeded all my expectations with the surgical results and he has a mellow kind beside manner very UN-LA (thank goodness).The office staff is SUPER NICE (Kiara is great) I live in SF and traveled and stayed the 2 weeks in LA because he is the best. I am not posting body pics BC I am 7 weeks post op my scars look good but are PINK (that is how I scar) and my thighs look good (yes they are gapped now) but have 2 little incisions/suture healing spots - totally normal healing stuff.Will update with body pics in a few weeks."- J. / RealSelf / Mar 18, 2020
"Dr. Katzen is Total Perfection! - I am proud to brag about my plastic surgeon, Dr. Katzen. His education is matched with his ability to operate. He is total perfection. I had the body lift and it is so very nice. Dr. Katzen tightened me up in all the right places."- N.M. / RealSelf / Mar 18, 2020
What to expect during a lower body lift
This extensive procedure is performed with the patient under general anesthesia. Clients will often require an overnight stay in a medical facility. The surgery can take a while, lasting anywhere from 4 – 7 hours. The incision is commonly placed along where a belt would be worn, which is why it is often known as a circumferential 360 lift or beltectomy. Once the incision has been carefully made by Dr. Katzen, surgical liposuction will treat areas of excess fat and sagging skin will be trimmed. From there, the remaining skin will be stretched tight and secured with sutures. Compression garments will be placed over the lower body to help create a trimmer result, as well as to control bruising, bleeding, and swelling.
how long is recovery after a 360 lower body lift?
A lower body lift is considered a major cosmetic procedure. It takes most patients at least two weeks to resume everyday activities, and in some cases, up to six months before they can get back to more active movements, such as aerobic exercise. Dr. Timothy Katzen or a member of his staff will discuss clear instructions and information on wound care so that scarring is healed for seamless results. While the recovery can seem lengthy, the results are extraordinary, leaving patients with a smoother, tighter body without the hanging, loose skin that prevents them from experiencing a full life. Most patients feel it is one of the most valuable elective procedures offered today.
LOWER BODY LIFT faqs
Will I have visible scarring?
A few factors can contribute to the visibility of scarring you have after a lower body lift. Dr. Katzen carefully places incisions so they can be either easily concealed in less visible areas, like the natural skin folds, or where they will be covered by undergarments. Dr. Katzen or a member of his team will discuss aftercare instructions on how to help your sutures heal properly so the scars are flat and eventually blend with your skin.
What can I expect during recovery?
After a lower body lift, you will likely experience some inflammation and bruising around the treatment areas. Follow-up appointments will be necessary so Dr. Katzen can track your recovery. It's important to contact our office if you see 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. Katzen to learn more about the process and when it may be right for you to receive one. You should be at or near a sustainable weight since gaining or losing a lot of weight following a lift may alter your results. Prior to surgery, Dr. Katzen will perform a physical assessment to ensure that you are healthy enough to recover properly.
Will I have to stay overnight in the hospital?
Most often, Dr. Katzen requires his patients to spend at least one night in a hospital or medical facility after surgery. This overnight stay is for your comfort and safety because your pain will be effectively controlled and your health monitored. Depending on how many areas are being addressed and your overall health after surgery, Dr. Katzen may recommend you spend two or more nights.
Transform Your Figure
J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills employs some of the most skilled staff in the aesthetic industry. Dr. Timothy Katzen welcomes all weight loss patients to learn more about our skin removal surgeries and the options for lower body lift surgery. When you visit our Beverly Hills, CA office, you can rest assured that you're in good hands. Dr. Katzen has performed this well-known 360 circumferential technique for a large number of patients with incredible outcomes and high success rates. Call today for a consultation with Dr. Katzen and allow him to tell you more about this life-changing treatment.
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