How Soon After Weight Loss Should You Have a Lower Body Lift?
You’ve finally done it — you’ve lost the weight you’ve worked so hard to get rid of. Your exercising, dieting, and commitment have paid off. As you pat yourself on the back for a job well done, you realize there’s one thing wrong — you’re left with loose, wrinkled skin on your abdomen, buttocks, midsection, or all three. Fortunately, you don’t have to live with this unfortunate side effect of weight loss. With a lower body lift performed at Sawan Surgical Aesthetics in Oklahoma City, OK by board-certified plastic Surgeon Dr. Kamal Sawan, you can complete your look and improve your confidence.
What is a lower body lift?
After losing weight, your skin might not bounce back in the way you wanted or imagined it would. A lower body lift — also known as a 360 tummy tuck — addresses this problem by removing excess skin and fat to lift and reshape areas of your body that have been impacted by weight loss, pregnancy, or age.
This surgical contouring procedure targets the lower body and midsection, including the:
- Lower back
- Flanks (the sides of your body from the upper abdomen to your back)
Depending on your needs and unique treatment plan, an incision may be created around the entire waist to allow for the most amount of skin lift and removal. While it’s a significant treatment, it can change the appearance of your lower body.
How soon after weight loss should you have a lower body lift?
If you’ve lost weight recently, first, congratulations. That’s a major accomplishment. If you’re dealing with some of the less fortunate aspects of weight loss, like skin that is loose, wrinkled, or sagging on the midsection, abdomen, or buttocks, you may be a good candidate for a lower body lift at our office in Oklahoma City, OK.
Because this is a major surgery, you should wait until you are at your healthy goal weight before undergoing lower body lift surgery. If you continue to lose weight — or if you regain weight — it can severely impact your results.
What should I know about recovery after a lower body lift?
A lower body lift is an advanced and highly effective procedure. However, because it’s a major surgery, it’s important to have realistic goals and expectations for after your procedure.
While you can experience phenomenal results with Dr. Sawan, keep in mind that you will have scarring due to the large incisions. The surgical incision is usually made around where you might wear a belt. This is why a lower body lift is sometimes called a circumferential surgery or a beltectomy.
Additionally, you should expect a longer recovery period compared to other cosmetic procedures. It can take anywhere from two weeks — six months to fully recover. While you may begin to resume easy activities earlier in your recovery period, you may have to wait longer to engage in more strenuous activities, such as exercise. Dr. Sawan or an experienced member of our team will review detailed instructions on how to care for your wounds to ensure the best results and healing. While the healing may be lengthy, the results are considered worth it.
Experience total body transformation with a lower body lift in Oklahoma, OK
After working hard to lose weight, you deserve to look and feel your best. To get rid of sagging, loose, and hanging skin in areas where you have lost weight, Dr. Kamal Sawan can perform a lower body lift at Sawan Surgical Aesthetics in Oklahoma, OK to finalize your weight loss journey. Schedule an appointment to learn more about how a lower body lift can benefit you.