About Lower Body Lift Surgery
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.
Ideal candidates for this surgery are generally ones who have lost a remarkable amount of weight and are now dealing with other challenges. Such challenges can often include wrinkled skin on the buttocks and upper thighs, hanging skin on the abdomen, and saggy skin throughout the middle section. If you are a candidate for this procedure, it's important to have realistic goals. Scarring is often a result of this surgery due to the large incisions and level of invasiveness. This procedure does require a lengthy recovery even when compared to other cosmetic surgeries so it's important to plan if you work or have small children. Finally, it is necessary that you are at a stable weight when considering this surgery.
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.
360 Lower Body Lift Reviews
"My name is Jacki and I had the RNY gastric bypass 4.5 years ago. I went from 365lbs. down to 230lbs. Even though I was so happy with my results, nothing prepared me for how much excess skin, fat, and tissue I would still have. I was heartbroken because I had done all of this hard work to lose weight and feel normal, yet I still got stares; now they weren't from being morbidly obese, but because I had all of this unattractive hanging skin. About 2.5 years ago I started to do my research and came across Dr.Katzen as one of my prospect surgeons. I had my consult and to be honest, he was nothing as I had imagined. Most doctors (especially in the Beverly Hills area) are all about the money. Dr.Katzen is not only one of kindest doctors I have met, but his artistic skills are impecable. Then, to make things even better, I got to see his work shine on TLC's The Real Skinny. Right then and there, I knew Dr.Katzen was the only surgeon I would trust my body with. On September 9, 2013 I had a 360 Body Lift and staged liposuction of the thighs, which removed a whooping total of 50lbs! Dr.Katzen was patient with me and answered any and all questions that I had. I had such an amazing experience with him. It has been a huge honor and I can not imagine finishing up my journey with anyone else than Dr. J. Timothy Katzen (I plan to still do a medial thigh lift, arms, breasts, and torsoplasty)!"- J.H. / Yelp / Mar 21, 2014
"In October 2016, after losing 220 pounds after weight loss surgery in 2011, I decided it was time to lose all of the excess skin that remained around my waist, chest and back. I met Dr Katzen at an Obesity Help conference. I instantly knew he was the one. He was very attentive and understanding. I had a 360 body lift in January 2017 the I had my chest and back done in May 2017. I was amazed that the recovery wasn't difficult and I was blessed not to have had any complications. I followed the doctor's orders and did well. It was one of the best decisions I ever made. I highly recommend Dr Katzen. He is amazing."- K.S. / Yelp / Aug 22, 2018
""Life is a journey that most of all take for granted until a life-altering experience comes into our lives. I had to make a choice and have bariatric surgery on my 40th birthday in 2004, not only for my health - I wanted the next half of my life to be a better one. Although gastric bypass was not an easy decision or road to take, losing 240 pounds isn't a journey to take lightly (sorry the pun). With the help of Dr. Katzen, the step to have the circumfrential body lift in July 2006, a medial thigh-lift, bilateral arm lift & a male chest reduction in 2007 was something I had to do to make me more complete as a person. There has been a few bumps in the surgical highway, but it has changed my life for the better. I've learned that in life's journey, the decision begins with me. And with Dr. Katzen on my side - his high standards & expertise has made this journey a better one. So ... thank you so, so much in making my dreams come true and believing in me. I owe you, Dr. Katzen ~ my life!""- M.S. / Yelp / Aug 24, 2010
"I had bariatric surgery and lost 125 lbs. I was so excited to have lost this much weight but so disappointed that my weight loss had a great deal of residual hanging skin. I had to wear loose blouses and pants to hide all the skin that was left over from losing weight so quickly. I attended a seminar and had a consultation with Dr. Katzen the same day.I had my first surgery exactly one year after my gastric bypass. I had a circumferential body lift and a medial thigh lift. My second surgery was a breast lift, and quite a bit of liposuction. Three weeks ago I had a TCA peel on my face and I am hoping to have another peel or some laser treatment.My experience with Dr. Katzen has always been very positive. I knew when I first consulted with him that I had met the surgeon I had been looking for. First of all, he has the proper credentials I was looking for.Dr. Katzen specializes in post op bariatric surgery patients and sculpturing the patient’s body while removing all the hanging skin. My only concern was my age since I am almost 64 but he said no problem as long as I was healthy. I asked if I was his oldest patient and he quickly replied no, his oldest patient was in his 70’s!I think you gain a lot of confidence just by going into his exam rooms. Each room is filled with diplomas and certificates on all the walls. Aside from all this, Dr. Katzen has a very gentle spirit and is a good listener. Do not be timid in asking him anything that may be bothering you because he always has the right answer. He genuinely cares about each patient and he makes you feel like you are the only one he has but then we all know how busy he is. He is always available to his patients. His staff is very competent and professional. They will get you the answer you need very quickly. I now can ride my bike for 6-7 miles and not even feel tired. I swim daily, I lift my grandchildren up in my arms. My husband and I have always wanted to take scuba diving lessons but I refused to get into a wet suit. Now I have nothing to hold me back. I believe that God has blessed Dr. Katzen with amazing talent and I am so very thankful that I was lead to find him.So I say to him again, muchas gracias Dr. Katzen."- Anonymous / RateMDs / May 27, 2015
"Like many of Dr. Katzen's patients, I had been overweight my entire life. My Gastric Bypass surgery was a life saver for me. I am in wonderful health after losing 170 pounds but I was still embarrassed about how I looked with the excess skin. In considering the choice of a Plastic Surgeon, I was very impressed with Dr. Katzen's expertise. I wanted a surgeon who works with people like me, not someone who is making movie stars! Dr. Katzen and his staff are the best. While my journey is not yet complete, I'm happy with the results of my first surgery. I had a circunferential body lift and liposuction on my thighs. I have a flat stomach for the first time in my life. I am so grateful for Dr. Katzen and his staff. Everyone has been wonderfully caring, compassionate, responsive and helpful."- Anonymous / RateMDs / May 14, 2015
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.
What to Expect
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
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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