A lower body lift is a combination of surgical procedures done to remove excess skin and fat that is left over from weight loss. Significant weight loss from strict diet and exercise or by bariatric surgery often leads to large amounts of excess, drooping skin and some fat in the abdominal, flank, and back areas that cannot be repaired except by surgery.

Planning Your Lower Body Lift Surgery

The first step of planning your lower body lift surgery is a consultation with Dr. Patterson. The timing of the surgery can be important since there is some recovery time involved. Discuss your lifestyle and obligations with Dr. Patterson to determine the best way to achieve a peaceful surgery and an optimum recovery. It is important to note it is recommended that patients be at a stable weight and healthy.

Preparing For Your Lower Body Lift Surgery

Preparation for a lower body lift procedure may take as long as a couple of weeks, depending on a patient’s current lifestyle. Dr. Patterson will need to see a complete list of current medications – including herbal supplements – before the surgery. Some of these medications, for example aspirin, may need to be discontinued for anywhere from a few days to a week prior to the surgery. Patients are encouraged to have reached a weight loss plateau for a minimum of 3 months, preferably 6 months. Dr. Patterson will work with you to combine the best lower body lift techniques based on your specific body and your goals.

Lower Body Lift Procedure

The lower body lift removes excess skin and remaining fat from the waistline and lifts up a sagging buttocks and lateral thighs. Abdominal wall muscles may be sutured together to improve contour and the buttock and lateral thighs are lifted up. Surgical drains are typically used.  Most patients typically stay overnight and will be discharged the next morning following the surgery.

Lower Body Lift Recovery

Drain tubes are usually removed 7-10 days post op. Sutures are dissolvable so no suture removal is required. Most patients return to non-strenuous work 2 weeks following surgery. Most swelling is typically gone within 3-6 months with bruising subsiding around 2-3 weeks.

Exercise After Lower Body Lift Surgery

After a lower body lift, vigorous exercise should be completely avoided for 12 weeks. Moderate exercise should be avoided until 6 weeks post op. Light exercise may resume approximately 4 weeks post op.

Lower Body Lift Aftercare

Follow up appointments will be made to oversee your progress and Dr. Patterson and his staff are always available to you to discuss your recovery or questions you may have.


Still have some questions, or want to find out more? The next step is easy, schedule a consult with Dr. Patterson. Our staff will be happy to discuss a lower body lift with you further. At Patterson Plastic Surgery, we want to be your partner in achieving the appearance you’ve always wanted!


At Patterson Plastic Surgery, the lower body lift surgery is performed by Dr. Patterson, a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. As a member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the Florida Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Medical Association, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS,) Dr. Patterson is uniquely suited to performing this surgery. This superior level of expertise, coupled with an innate ability to understand and relate to patients, makes Patterson Plastic Surgery the premier center for cosmetic, plastic, and reconstructive surgery in the Gulf Coast area.