If you have undergone major weight loss, you know that one of the most bothersome, unpleasant side effects is the leftover, loose, and sagging skin on the lower body. Fortunately, there is a solution with a belt lipectomy, or lower body lift. With body lift surgery, you can enjoy the smoother, tighter figure that you lost the weight for in the first place. It involves Riverside, CA board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Childers, surgically eliminating all that excess skin, leaving you with the toned appearance you worked so hard for. The lift targets the stomach, hips, thighs, and/or buttocks.
Sagging skin after weight loss originates from skin losing its elasticity. Gaining weight makes the skin stretch, forcing it to tap into all the elasticity it has; essentially, the skin becomes “overextended.” When the weight is gone, that stretched out skin has no other recourse but to hang there. Sometimes, this is so unattractive that it leads to the person feeling as if he or she would have been better off heavy. After a lower body lift, a patient can enjoy his or her weight loss and realize it was well worth it.
"Had my lips done Saturday Amber was amazing she was gentle and very professional I definitely recommend her loving my new lips thanks Amber."- L.N. / Yelp / Oct 18, 2016
"As a patient, i researched Dr. Childers. I learned of ALL the awards he has received as a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and among one of the Top Ten Plastic Surgeons as well. The day of my procedure i was nervous of course i had no idea what to expexct. But when i woke up and saw what he had done i was so happy and extremely satisfied. I a am 5 days out of my surgery i still look in the mirror and can truly say i wish i would have seen him sooner. I'm just beyond words and filled with absolute joy and satisfaction. I will truly refer my friends and family to him. Dr. Childers YOU ARE THE BEST!!!!!! Thank You Sheryl Wilcox."- S.W. / Healthgrades / Aug 09, 2020
"I couldn't recommend Dr.Childers enough. I had a breast lift and implants in 2017 everything went great and I was super happy with the results. I had a reaction the the sutures after surgery and Dr.Childers was super helpful. I just has a "tummy tuck" with no muscle tightening as my abdominal muscles were back together. I had some lower abdominal loose skin after two kids so it wasn't your average tummy tuck, I didn't have enough skin to pull down and move the belly button so he was able to do it without moving it and I LOVE the results. Dr. Childers did an amazing job and was super helpful before and after surgery. I would say he gives an honest opinion which is nice when you're thinking about getting cosmetic surgery."- D.C. / Yelp / Feb 21, 2020
"I couldn’t recommend Dr.Childers enough. I had a breast lift and implants in 2017 everything went great and I was super happy with the results. I had a reaction the the sutures after surgery and Dr.Childers was super helpful. I just has a "tummy tuck" with no muscle tightening as my abdominal muscles were back together. I had some lower abdominal loose skin after two kids so it wasn’t your average tummy tuck, I didn’t have enough skin to pull down and move the belly button so he was able to do it without moving it and I LOVE the results. Dr. Childers did an amazing job and was super helpful before and after surgery. I would say he gives an honest opinion which is nice when you’re thinking about getting cosmetic surgery."- D.C. / Yelp / Feb 21, 2020
"I had my breast implants removed by Dr Childers, and I have to say, him and his staff made it a great experience. I had my saline implants in for 20 years and one had ruptured. Dr Childers office was able to get it covered by my insurance, which was AMAZING! I have had a lot of mysterious health issues and was not sure if my implants were the culprit and I didn’t want to chance it, so I did not replace. Dr Childers was great about listening to my concerns and was confident he could help me. And he did!!:) I am VERY pleased with my results and would recommend to everyone! You will be in great hands!"- K.S. / Yelp / Jan 23, 2020
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Lower Body Lift FAQs
How Bad is the Scarring?
While this procedure produces great results, scarring is inevitable. However, every effort is made to create clean incisions and leave a thin scar line. These incisions are also created low to follow the natural bikini line and keep them hidden if a bathing suit is worn. The scars will continue to heal and fade over time. Most patients feel their sleeker, tighter body outweighs the scarring.
Is This Surgery Painful?
Because of the extent of this procedure, patients may feel discomfort during the recovery process. For this reason, patients are required to stay in the hospital for a couple of days to be monitored and will be prescribed pain medication to help minimize pain and discomfort.
Will Insurance Apply?
Yes, insurance may cover some portion of a body lift procedure. For massive weight loss patients, there may be chronic skin infections or other issues caused by obesity. This varies by patient condition, insurance policy and procedure. Patient benefits will be discussed during the pre-op meeting with one of our billing and insurance coordinators.
Best Time for Surgery?
Individuals contemplating a lower body lift will need to be at or near their goal weight. If they anticipate losing a significant amount of weight, this needs to happen first. Once the weight has been lost, a physical will be required to ensure the body has stabilized enough to endure surgery.