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Lower Body Lift in Birmingham AL

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Poor skin elasticity can cause loose skin and excess fat to develop in the lower body. Aging, pregnancy, genetics and major weight loss can all play a role in contributing to this condition.

A Lower Body Lift is used to bring tighter contours to the abdomen, hips, thighs and buttocks. This procedure removes excess sagging skin and fat, while improving the shape and tone of the underlying tissue. Patients can see a dramatic transformation of the lower body that results in a more youthful shape.

The Birmingham, AL plastic surgeons at Hedden and Gunn often perform lower body lifts for patients who have lost a large amount weight. For these patients, a body lift can be the final step in their journey to achieve slimmer, more appealing lower body contours and a newfound sense of self-confidence.

Body Lift Candidates

Lower body lifts are not intended strictly for the removal of excess fat. Liposuction alone can remove excess fat deposits where skin has good elasticity and is able to naturally conform to new body contours. In cases where skin elasticity is poor, a combination of liposuction and body lift techniques may be recommended.

In general, candidates for a lower body lift include:

Your Body Lift Consultation

During your lower body lift surgery consultation be prepared to discuss:

Your body lift surgeon will also:

Body Lift Risks and Safety

Each patient must decide if the benefits of lower body lift surgery will achieve their goals, and if the risks and potential complications are acceptable. The risks of a body lift include:

Lower body lift risks will be fully discussed prior to your consent. It's important that you address all of your concerns about risks with your plastic surgeon. You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure you will undergo and any risks or potential complications.

Preparing for a Body Lift

In preparing for body lift surgery, you may be asked to:

Lower body lifts are performed at our accredited Outpatient Surgery Facility in Birmingham, Alabama. Be sure to arrange for someone to drive you to and from surgery and stay with you for at least the first night.

Body Lift Procedure

Lower body lift surgery is performed using intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. Your surgeon will recommend the best choice for you.

Body Lift Incisions

Body lift procedures require extensive incisions. The length and pattern of the incisions depend on the amount and location of excess skin to be removed. Advanced techniques usually allow incisions to be placed in strategic locations where they can be hidden by most types of clothing and swimsuits.

One common technique of complete lower body lift uses incisions similar to a bikini pattern to tighten the abdomen, groin, waist, thigh and buttock in one procedure. An incision around the body removes an apron of excess skin and fat. Tissues are then repositioned and tightened.

A combination of liposuction and surgical body lifts may be necessary to achieve an improved contour.

Deep sutures within underlying tissues help to form and support the newly shaped contours. Sutures, skin adhesives, tapes or clips may be used to close the skin incisions.

Lower body lift before with incision locations
Lower Body Lift before
Lower body lift after with incision locations
Lower Body Lift after

Body Lift Recovery

During your body lift surgery recovery, dressings or bandages will be applied to the incisions. Small, thin tubes may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood that may collect.

Your plastic surgeon will give you specific instructions on how to care for yourself after surgery. Following these instructions is essential to the success of your lower body lift and recovery. The instructions may include:

Seek medical attention immediately if you experience shortness of breath, chest pains or unusual heartbeats after going home. You may require hospitalization and additional treatment if any of these complications occur.

The surgical incisions should not be subjected to excessive force, motion, swelling or abrasion during the time of healing.

Body Lift Results

Though the results of a body lift are visible almost immediately, it may take as long as 1 to 2 years for the final results to fully develop.

Some visible scars will remain, but the overall results are long-lasting if you maintain a stable weight and general fitness. It's natural to lose some firmness as your body ages.

Although good results are expected from your body lift surgery, there is no guarantee. In some situations, it may not be possible to achieve optimal results with a single surgical procedure and another surgery may be necessary.

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Hedden and Gunn Plastic Surgery

A Lower Body Lift shapes and tones the underlying tissue that supports the abdomen, thighs, flanks and buttocks.

Birmingham, AL Office & Surgery Suites

Hedden & Gunn Plastic Surgery
140 Village Street
Birmingham, AL 35242
205-980-1744 or 800-HeddenMD
American Society of Plastic Surgeons * American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery *
* Dr. William Hedden, Dr. Stephen Gunn
Hedden and Gunn Plastic Surgery

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Questions About Body Contouring?

Please contact us today if you have any questions about Lower Body Lifts or other Alabama plastic surgery procedures in Birmingham.

To schedule your consultation at the earliest possible date, please call 205-980-1744.

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