Lower Body Lift in New York City

The changes in physique, health and overall well-being that can be achieved with significant weight loss can be remarkable, however certain changes cannot be achieved with diet and exercise alone. Whether weight loss has been accomplished through strict adherence to diet and training, or through bariatric surgical procedures such as lap band or gastric bypass, excess inelastic skin and residual deposits of fat may remain.

Lower Body Lift Before & Afters

These Lower Body Lift before and after pictures represent actual patients from Dr. Kolker. They will help to assist you in understanding your various options and enable you to set realistic goals for your own surgical outcome. Click on a patient for their specific case details.

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A lower body lift describes the surgical process of removing excess skin and fat that remains after weight loss from the midsection and upper thigh region.

Given the loss of skin elasticity (imagine an overstretched spring or Slinky), the skin will not always rebound after weight loss, particularly in the abdominal region, flanks, lumbar area, thighs, and gluteal regions. Through direct skin excision, fat excision, liposuction, and muscular strengthening, these areas of the torso, upper thighs and buttock region can be smoothed, slimmed and sculpted. While skin and fat excision after massive weight loss are extremely important, a lower body lift is so much more: it is an extremely delicate, aesthetic, and sculptural process that is geared to create the most beautiful and natural body contour.

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The entire midsection, including the anterior abdomen, the flanks and back, the upper thighs, and gluteal region, are treated as an “aesthetic unit”, and are always treated together to achieve the most gorgeous results.

To achieve the best lower body lift NYC has to offer, surgeon and patient must share the common goals of optimal preoperative health and fitness, and a desired outcome that is dramatic and natural in appearance.

Considerably more than just skin and fat removal, lower body lift surgery requires vast experience, artistic perspective, meticulous technique, and adherence to the very highest safety standards. The plastic surgeon you choose can and will make a difference. Dr. Kolker will help to advise you regarding the best body lift procedure, or combination of procedures, to achieve your unique goals.

Dr. Kolker has published the manuscript: “Maximizing aesthetics and safety in circumferential-incision lower body lift with selective undermining and liposuction” in the May 2009 issue of the peer-reviewed scientific journal Annals of Plastic Surgery, which illustrates his approach to abdominal contouring after massive weight loss with nuances and advancements in lower body lift technique.

Dr. Kolker's Message to Those Considering a Lower Body Lift

“A lower body lift can be truly life changing. The removal of excess skin and fat alone can certainly make a big difference, but when approached aesthetically and comprehensively, the best lower body lift results can be achieved. Spectacular, beautiful, and natural outcomes can be attained in the right individual with maximal artistry, finesse, and safety.”

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Lower body lift planning, and planning for any plastic surgery after weight loss, begins with optimization of health and fitness.

While many considering lower body lift have already experienced massive weight loss, it is critical that you reach a weight loss plateau for a minimum of three months, and ideally six months or more. The body mass index, or BMI, is a metric that enables the calculation of relative body fat based on height and weight. The greatest acceptable BMI for lower body lift surgery, and for any plastic surgery after massive weight loss, is below 30 kg / m2. The ideal BMI for all candidates is 25, but for many this threshold is difficult to achieve. A BMI of 27.5 is a reasonable target for most.

After an in-depth consultation with Dr. Kolker in his office on Park Avenue in NYC, body lift options that are specific to your physical requirements and desires will be discussed in detail. The best lower body lift techniques will be uniquely paired with your anatomy and your goals.

The available body lift techniques include:

  • Circumferential Dermolipectomy – An “extended abdominoplasty” which progresses circumferentially around the midsection (low circumferential incision lower body lift) with liposuction
  • Circumferential Dermolipectomy with Vertical Component – a fleur-de-lis incision anteriorly with a circumferential lower body lift incision with liposuction

The best candidates include those with:

  • Excessive skin of the anterior abdomen, flanks and back
  • Significant inelasticity of torso skin
  • Localized excess fat of the midsection
  • Droop, sag, or cellulite of the thighs and buttocks
  • Bulge of the anterior abdomen
  • At a weight loss plateau

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