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.
360 Lower Body Lift Ideal Candidates
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
"Dr. Timothy Katzen is well known and prominent in the weight loss community. When I was looking to get my body lift done, he was always at the top of my searches with very positive comments from his patients and more importantly, he has thousands of before and after photos. I was amazed. My body lift was no different. It turned out wonderful!!!! So grateful for a talented and kind surgeon. Thank you Dr. Katzen for everything!"- A.P. / Google / Sep 12, 2019
"I Am So Thankful for Dr. Katzen!!!!! - I had a vertical sleeve gastrectomy in 2014 and lost 212 pounds. My highest "official" weight was 361 but I suspect I had gone even higher. When I got down to 149 I started looking for plastic surgeons to remove the excess skin I had. I interviewed four and found Dr. Katzen. I went to him because of his pioneering work with the 360 lower body lift. I had the procedure in July of 2017. Dr. Katzen removed 15 pounds of excess skin around my abdomen and buttocks. I am happy to say that I no longer knock things over with my behind anymore. I can squeeze through the tightest turnstiles. I can sit in airline and theater seats comfortably. I used to have to sit on the edge of theater seats because I couldn't fit between the arm rests. My only problem is, because I no longer have so much "padding" back there, I now sit much lower in my car and almost need a booster seat to see over the steering wheel! LOL! I no longer have the "apron" of extra skin below my abdomen which was uncomfortably hot and made hygiene difficult. I am so thankful to Dr. Katzen. I am very lucky to live only 60 miles away from his office. I have since gone to him for excess skin removal from my legs, and will be having one more surgery for excess skin removal from my arms. He is the only plastic surgeon I trust with this kind of work. He is a Godsend to all of us recovering bariatric surgery patients. Thank you, Dr. Katzen."- M. / RealSelf / Apr 18, 2019
360 Lower Body Lift Surgical Technique
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 with 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.
360 Lower Body Lift 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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