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A lower body lift is a body contouring procedure that removes excess skin and fat to reshape and lift certain areas of the body affected by weight loss or pregnancy. The surgery targets the mid and the lower body, including the abdomen, buttocks, lower back, flanks, and upper thighs. Depending upon how much skin removal is required, a circumferential 360 incision may be made, which allows the greatest amount of skin excision and lift. This is a major surgery and can redefine a patient’s lower body. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Scott Kasden has special training in skin removal surgeries. In many cases, this surgery at the plastic surgery practice of Scott E. Kasden, M.D. in Argyle, TX allows patients to not only reach their weight loss goals but to complete their overall transformation with a taut figure that looks healthy and normal.
Ideal candidates for this surgery are usually ones who have lost a significant amount of weight and are battling new challenges. These challenges consist of loose, wrinkled skin on the buttocks and upper thighs, hanging skin on the abdomen, and saggy skin throughout the midsection. If you are a candidate for this procedure, it is important to have realistic expectations, which can be discussed with Dr. Kasden during your initial consultation. First, scarring is a part of this surgery due to the incisions. Second, this procedure does have a lengthy recovery compared to most cosmetic surgeries, so it is important to plan if you work or have small children. Finally, it is important that you are at your healthy goal weight when considering this surgery.
"He has been treating me for quite a few months now. His dedication to me as a patient has been absolutely excellent. When medical treatment was necessary, he saw me on weekends, holidays and whenever needed. He is a dedicated Physician with his patients being number one on his priority list."
- J.H. / Healthgrades / Jan 26, 2020
"He is Doctor and Surgeon You Can Trust! - Dr Kasden will talk with you at length about what your goals are and how he can help you achieve them. He will give you honest advice on what to expect every step of the way. This is my second surgery procedure with Dr Kasden. My first was a neck lift with coblation on my face to get rid of fine lines. I am so happy with both results. I have also received Botox many times- always with natural results. He is a surgeon that will follow up on his patients much more than any other doctor I have ever known. He really cares! Sharon, who runs the office, is a joy as well as being professional and helpful. I am grateful to have found Dr Kasden and his staff!"
- C. / RealSelf / Jan 30, 2020
"Dr. Scott Kasden is a skilled and compassionate cosmetic surgeon. His approach to surgery is collaborative and artistic, while at the same time provides an unmatched level of care and commitment to all patients."
- D.C. / Google / Jun 19, 2019
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- C.S. / Google / Oct 15, 2019
"4 months post op - liposuction of abdomen - Dr. Kasden & his staff are AMAZING! Dr. Kasden answered all of my questions and allowed me to schedule multiple consultations prior to making a decision. There was absolutely no pressure. I felt like he actually tried to get to know me on a personal level which is always comforting when having any type of surgery. I had a few questions the day after my surgery & Dr. Kasden answered my call. He even called and checked on me himself a few days later. I've had monthly check ups and am happy with my results. I have already recommended Dr. K to some family and friends!"
- 8. / RealSelf / Nov 11, 2019
This procedure is performed under general anesthesia and most patients do require an overnight stay in the hospital. The surgery time can be quite lengthy, lasting around 4 – 7 hours. The incision is typically placed along where a belt would be worn, which is why it is known as a circumferential 360 or in some cases, a beltectomy. Once the incision has been carefully made by Dr. Kasden, liposuction will remove all excess fat and loose skin will be gently trimmed away. Then the remaining skin will be pulled tight and secured with sutures. Compression garments will be placed over the incisions to help create a slimming result, as well as to control bruising, bleeding, and swelling.
A lower body lift is considered a major operation. It takes most patients around two weeks to resume everyday activities, and in some cases, up to six months before a return to more vigorous movements such as aerobic exercise. Dr. Scott Kasden or a member of his staff will provide very detailed instructions and information on wound care so that scarring is minimized as much as possible. While the recovery can seem lengthy, the results are extraordinary, leaving patients with a smoother, tighter body without the hanging, loose skin that prevented them from living a full life. Most patients feel it is one of the most worthwhile cosmetic procedures offered today.
How much does a lower body lift cost?
The price of a lower body lift procedure will vary from patient to patient. During your consultation, Dr. Kasden will be able to discuss a treatment plan that can fit your needs and budget. The plastic surgery practice of Scott E. Kasden, M.D. accepts many payment methods, including low-interest medical financing to help make your treatment as affordable as possible.
Will I have visible scarring?
A few factors can contribute to the visibility of scarring you have after a lower body lift. Dr. Kasden designs incision patterns so they are either easily concealed in less visible areas like in natural skin folds or where they will be covered by undergarments. Dr. Kasden or a member of his team will provide you with aftercare instructions on how to help your incisions heal properly so the scars are flat and eventually blend with your normal skin.
What can I expect during recovery?
After a lower body lift procedure, you may experience some swelling and bruising around the treatment areas. Follow-up appointments will be necessary so Dr. Kasden can track your healing. It is important to contact our office if you experience any signs of an infection or have any concerns.
When should I consider getting a lower body lift?
If you are considering a lower body lift, schedule a consultation with Dr. Kasden to learn more about the process and when it may be right for you to get one. You should be at or near a healthy, stable weight, since gaining or losing a significant amount of weight after a lower body lift may alter your results. Prior to surgery, Dr. Kasden will also perform a physical examination to ensure that you are healthy enough to recover properly.
Will I have to stay overnight in the hospital?
Most often, Dr. Kasden requires his patients spend at least one night in a hospital or medical facility after a lower body lift. This stay is for your comfort and safety, so your health can be monitored and your pain is controlled. Depending on how many areas are being addressed and how quickly you recover, Dr. Kasden may recommend you spend multiple nights. During your consultation, Dr. Kasden will discuss where you can stay and how long he estimates you will be there.
Dr. Scott Kasden invites all weight loss patients to schedule a consultation about skin removal procedures and options for lower body lift surgery. Dr. Kasden takes great pride and joy in helping his patients achieve their final goals. If you have excessive skin and hanging folds on the mid to lower portion of your body, you may be a candidate for a lower body lift. Call today for a consultation with Dr. Scott Kasden to learn more about this life-changing process.