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Posted February 28, 2020 in Tummy Tuck

A flat, smooth abdomen is the goal that many plastic surgery patients wish to achieve. Many of these patients turn to a tummy tuck in to accomplish this. 

Unfortunately, sometimes a little more is needed to achieve optimal results.

Woman walking on the beach with results similar to a lower body lift

A lower body lift can make you more comfortable to bare your skin.

What Is a Tummy Tuck? 

A tummy tuck is a popular procedure that is designed to sculpt the abdomen. This procedure addresses excess fat and sagging skin around the stomach and can reduce the appearance of an abdominal “pooch.” 

An incision is made horizontally across the lower abdomen. Then, liposuction is used to remove excess fat from problem areas. Excess skin is also removed to tighten the appearance of the stomach. If a patient has experienced diastasis recti, meaning that their abdominal muscles have separated, then the muscles will also be tightened. 

In some cases, an additional incision may be made around the navel to remove excess skin from the upper abdomen. 

This surgery results in an overall flatter, more toned abdominal contour. 

What Is a Lower Body Lift? 

A lower body lift achieves the same results of the tummy tuck but takes it one step further to enhance the appearance of the thighs, hips, and buttocks. This procedure is used to address irregular proportions and contours in the lower body and to create continuity with the abdomen. 

In addition to the tummy tuck, a lower body lift incorporates a thigh lift, buttock lift, and liposuction of the hips.

For a lower body lift, the tummy tuck incision is expanded around the hips and lower back, coming to a full circle. Excess fat and skin are removed from the abdomen, hips, thighs, and lower back. 

To improve contours, the buttocks and thighs will also be lifted. 

How Can I Enhance My Contours With a Lower Body Lift? 

While a tummy tuck does offer better abdominal contours, it only addresses one area of the midsection. 

For patients with pear-shaped contours, or those who have lost a significant amount of weight, excess fat accumulates heavily in the lower body. A lower body lift may be ideal for these patients because a lower body lift creates continuity between the abdominal contours and its surrounding features.

Creating flow in the overall contour can enhance the appearance and provide more natural proportions. 

Want to Learn More? 

If you would like to learn more about a lower body lift, please feel free to contact Dr. Hand at 415-461-6742 to schedule a consultation