Mothers, and those who have lost excessive amounts of weight, may suffer from excess skin around their middle. Despite reaching and maintaining a healthy weight, excess skin can affect your appearance, your comfort, and ultimately, your self esteem.

Dr. Hernandez provides Lower Body Lift surgery for patients of Eterna Cosmetic Surgery in San Antonio to help restore your confidence and help you look and feel your best.  

What is a Lower Body Lift?

A lower body lift, also referred to as a belt lipectomy, is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin in patients who have given birth or have lost excessive amounts of weight. A Lower Body Lift typically addresses excess skin on the abdomen, pubic area, lower back, flanks, outer thighs, and buttocks. Patients choose a Lower Body Lift to gain a more aesthetically-pleasing shape to look and feel their best.

Who is an ideal candidate for a Lower Body Lift?

Ideal candidates for Lower Body Lift surgery are in good general health and have realistic expectations for the surgery. You are at a stable weight that has been maintained, and you are confident you will be able to maintain that weight in the long term.  Dr. Hernandez always recommends that patients follow a healthy diet and exercise plan before and after surgery.

What happens during a Lower Body Lift?

Dr. Hernandez conducts a physical examination and discusses your goals during your initial consultation. She will then personalize your Lower Body Lift surgery to address any areas of concern and help you reach your goals.

While your Lower Body Lift will be personalized depending on your history and goals, some of Dr. Hernandez’s patients prefer to have staged procedures in which they first undergo an extended tummy tuck (in which the incision is extended as far as possible on the hips). The patient then subsequently undergoes a buttock lift to remove excess skin from the buttocks, lower back and flanks, also providing lift to the outer thighs.

How do I prepare for Lower Body Lift surgery?

Preparation for Lower Body Lift surgery (and all cosmetic surgery) aims to support expedient healing. As such, patients who smoke will need to stop smoking at least (6) weeks prior to Lower Body Lift surgery. Be sure to consume healthy foods and plenty of water leading up to your Lower Body Lift.

Dr. Hernandez will review any medications or supplements you are taking during your initial consultation, and may advise you to stop taking certain pills that may interfere with healing. All patients should avoid Aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) like Advil, Aleve, and Motrin for two weeks prior to Lower Body Lift surgery.

Since you will be under general anesthesia for your Lower Body Lift surgery, be sure to designate a friend or family member to drive you home from the hospital and ask questions regarding your postoperative care.

What can I expect after Lower Body Lift surgery?

Most patients can return home after several hours of monitoring at the hospital; however, Dr. Hernandez may require you to spend the night for observation and care. You will notice immediate results from your Lower Body Lift surgery, along with some swelling. This may take several weeks to resolve. To assist with healing, you will wear an abdominal binder for about six weeks.  

You will receive detailed instructions regarding post-operative care while you are in the hospital. Dr. Hernandez will prescribe pain medication and a muscle relaxer to help you manage pain, along with an antibiotic to prevent infection. To assist with healing, you will wear an abdominal binder for about six weeks. Sleeping on an incline (with your knees slightly bent, or supported by pillows) in the first few days following surgery can also mitigate swelling.  

Most patients need at least two weeks off work for recovery from a Lower Body Lift. Dr. Hernandez will advise you when you can slowly return to exercise, but you will need to avoid strenuous activity for at least six weeks following surgery.