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
"My self-esteem and confidence have already improved by milestones - I normally don't write reviews but Dr. J Timothy Katzen and his team have gone above and beyond my expectations. I had gastric sleeve surgery and lost a total of 125 pounds. I kept convincing myself that I don't need plastic or reconstructive surgery. I figured I was healthy, and excess skin and fat is something I could live with. Boy was I wrong. Looking at my flabs and wrinkled skin was a bad reminder of my old obese self, the person I wanted to move on from. I had such low self-esteem when I was obese. I found Dr. J Timothy Katzen through Real Self and had no doubt he is the right surgeon for my situation. Dr. Katzen was the clear choice because of how many before and after pictures he had, the number of great reviews, the questions and answers, the videos, and his credentials, I mean I can go on forever. I felt super confident in my decision and sure enough, he delivered. Dr. Katzen did a circumferential body lift and I could not be more pleased with the results and care I received from everyone. I am forever grateful for how Dr. Katzen transformed my body. My self-esteem and confidence have already improved by milestones."- N. / RealSelf / Jul 28, 2022
"Thigh lift and body lift at the same time after losing 150 lbs - After weight loss surgery, I lost 150 pounds. I NEEDED a body lift and thigh lift so badly. Dr. Katzen was able to combine both of those surgeries for me. Because it was a long surgery, I stayed at a recovery center for 2 days. Dr. Katzen came by the recovery center to check on me both days to make sure I was comfortable and doing well. I just love his bedside manner so much. The nurses also took wonderful care of me. My body lift and thigh lift made a massive difference in my body shape. I have gone down 4 to 6 clothing sizes (depending on the brand). I'm in love with my body."- C. / RealSelf / Aug 02, 2022
"You will not find a more caring and skilled surgeon than Dr. Katzen. I went through significant weight loss and had to go through a body lift and I am so glad I ended up going with Dr. Katzen. It is a big decision and a surgery and he and his team will make sure that they make you feel comfortable and make you a priority from start to finish. There is no ego here. Just a Dr. that truly wants all his patients to be their best self. Thank you Dr. Katzen!"- K.K. / Google / Aug 08, 2022
"Had my body reconstructed after bariatric surgery - amazing work - Feb 2020, I had bariatric surgery. Within the first year, I was able to achieve my goal weight and maintained it. I felt healthy and energetic but my loose skin was an issue and a constant reminder of my years being obese. I am in my early 40s but the excess skin on my body says otherwise. I looked like an 80-year-old woman under my clothes. Prior to weight loss surgery, I was made aware of Dr. Katzen and his amazing work. There was no doubt he was going to be the one to reconstruct my body. I had two stages of surgeries with Dr. Katzen already. The first surgery was my 360 body lift. Seven weeks later, I returned for a medial thigh lift. I am already on the schedule for my third stage, brachioplasty and breast augmentation with lift. I fully trust Dr. Katzen and his team to manage my reconstructive journey. He’s been so amazing!"- S.P. / RealSelf / Aug 15, 2022
"He reshaped my body into something I could have never imagined - How lucky am I to have found Dr. Katzen online? I understand why his patients talk so highly of him. I had a body lift with Dr. Katzen after weight loss surgery. Dr. Katzen is so talented and understanding. He's worked on hundreds of weight loss patients, so he understands our needs. My body had endured so much weight gain and loss through the years and it showed. My body had stretched out so much and had excess saggy skin all over. Dr. Katzen not only repaired the skin, but he also reshaped my body into something I could have never imagined could be done. So thankful for Dr. Katzen's knowledge, skills, and kindness."- N.C. / RealSelf / Aug 22, 2022
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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