Dr. Armando Soto, a board-certified Plastic Surgeon offers lower body lift surgery at his Orlando plastic surgery practice to enhance the appearance and shape of the abdomen, thighs, and buttocks. Loss of skin elasticity through aging, gravity, and weight fluctuation can cause unflattering saggy skin that distorts the natural form of the body. Lower body lift surgery as performed by Dr. Soto uses a circumferential 360 incision technique to trim excess skin and re-suspend the remaining skin in order to tighten and lift the body back to an alluring figure. This procedure may also include liposuction to remove stubborn fat as well. At Aesthetic Enhancements Plastic Surgery, every patient will receive a personalized treatment plan to transform their body to the state that they desire.
A lower body lift is sometimes called a belt lipectomy as the incision is made around the belt area surrounding the lower torso. This incision is customized to the contours of the individual patient and their goals as expressed to Dr. Soto at consultation, with the ultimate goal being to allow a complete, attractive improvement that is natural in appearance. Loose, saggy skin is removed and the remaining skin is lifted and secured by sutures after the abdominal muscles have been returned to their normal anatomical configuration. Once all skin is re-suspended, Dr. Soto will assess the need for liposuction as a means of finalizing the improvement.
Lower Body Lift Reviews
"46 Year Old with 4 Children Body Lift - Orlando, FL - After 4 kids ranging from ages 2- 25 and suffering through the death of my close sister my body had taken it's toll. After being ver active most of my life Stress and the last two c- section pregnancies in my 40's had a definitive impact on my body to the point of no return despite going back to exercise go and I wanted to get back to where I would be able to feel better about myself."- 4. / RealSelf / Oct 28, 2014
"37 Yr Old with 2 Kids and Ready for Things to Be Where They Should Be - Orlando, FL - **This may be a longer review since I'm clumping everything up until 5 days post op on this one. **I had a breast lift (no implants) and a full Tummy Tuck with muscle tightening and lipo. I went to Dr. Soto in March for my consultation. Dr Soto answered my whole list of questions and recommended the procedures that would help me meet my goals. He did recommend a Lower Body Lift because I was concerned with my "love handles", but since that would be two different procedures done 6 weeks from each other with the breast lift, I decided to do the TT rather than the LBL. Going into this, I would say up until 2 weeks before the surgery, I waffled back and forth on whether I should do this. It was a big financial commitment and recovery time commitment and I felt guilty for taking that time and money away from things I could be using with my kids - but at my pre-op, I decided I was all in.Dr. Soto was always very patient and respectful and I immediately felt comfortable with he and his nurse Caley, who is also wonderful. Keely who is the Patient Coordinator answered any questions I had prior to the procedure.The day of the procedure - they were able to get me in sooner than my appt time, which was wonderful. I had some last minute jitters about whether a lift was going to decrease my breast size to where I would really need implants (I really wanted to stay away from implants if possible). Right when I got to the office for the surgery, I explained my concerns to Caley, who brought Dr. Soto right in to where they both listened to my concerns. Dr Soto didn't tell me what I should do, just listened and provided me with facts about each option (lift vs. implants) - which was wonderful. I decided to do just a lift and am very pleased with the results. I don't feel like my size decreased much if at all which was my concern.Dr. Lee, the Anesthesiologist, then came in and told me every step of what would happen, from him putting an IV in my hand, up him staying with me until I awoke. He listened when I told him I had previous nausea with anesthesia and told me he would take some preventative measures and give me some meds after the surgery, prior to me waking up. I never have had any amount of nausea after this surgery which is fabulous!Within minutes of Dr Soto drawing on me so he had a roadmap, I was in the OR and within maybe 2 min of being in there and them telling me everything they were doing, I was out. Next thing I knew (or kind of knew), it was about 6:30p in the Recovery room - so 5-5.5 hours later. I was with the kindest nurse, Ginger who stayed with me for the entire night, gave me my meds, food and drink and walked me around every couple of hours. There were only two hard things about the first night- trying to go potty after the surgery (it took forever) and walking almost doubled over.It's been a week from today and although the days haven't been the most pleasant, I can honestly say, they haven't been miserable by any means. Pain has been manageable - in fact, my back is in the most pain from walking hunched over. I was off of the pain meds by day 5 of surgery and I'm standing up straighter every day.5 days post op, I can say, my breast lift was worth it. I think when the swelling goes down, I will say the same thing about the TT. My belly is flat and everything looks very good, just waiting to see about those pesky love handles to have a final determination on the TT. "- K. / RealSelf / Jun 25, 2015
"Dr. Soto and his staff have been amazing through the whole process. I could not be happier with my results from a lower body lift. They have taken good care of me from the day of surgery, my overnight stay in recovery, and every post-op appointment since. I would highly recommend Dr. Soto to anyone."- C. / Healthgrades / Feb 10, 2017
"Editorial review from Citysearch - I had a a negative experience with a laser procedure. I had extreme weight loss over 10 years ago and was 'sold' on laser procedures to get rid of fat that was still around and tighten skin. This did not happen. What I really needed and soon found from Dr. Soto was the removal of skin. It has been 6 weeks and already I can see a completely new shape in the mid-section from my lower body lift. Dr. Soto is the real deal and a true 'artist' at his craft."- B. / Judy's Book / Dec 01, 2012
"I had a lower body lift and love the results. The surgery was fairly easy, and I have bounced back quickly. Dr. Soto and his entire staff have been wonderful- answering questions and giving the best care. I would recommend him to anyone wanting something 'special' for himself or herself."- Anonymous / Vitals / Sep 23, 2016
During/After the Procedure
The lower body lift procedure is performed with general anesthesia and typically requires an overnight stay in Dr. Soto's nationally accredited surgical facility, where your care will be supervised by an experienced recovery nurse and a nurse's aide. Lower body lift surgery takes between 4 and 5 hours in Dr. Soto's experienced hands. Recovery from Lower body lift surgery is similar to the recovery after abdominoplasty (tummy tuck). Most patients will require prescription pain medication for 5-7 days, with return to light activity after 10-14 days, and full return to unrestricted activity taking 6-8 weeks. You will see the lovely benefits of your lower body lift within two weeks of surgery, but the final outcome will not be evident until swelling has completely subsided, which usually takes 6-8 weeks. Throughout this time period, you will be seen frequently by Dr. Soto and his caring, experienced team to assure you are safe and progressing towards your goals.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- From $15,000
- Recovery Time
- 4-6 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 4-5 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 3-4 Days
- Procedure Recovery Location
Lower Body Lift FAQs
A lower body lift creates great results for patients, leaving the body tighter and smoother. As with all surgical procedures, scarring is unavoidable, but patients who follow Dr. Soto's instructions carefully find that the scars are very thin lines that follow the new contours of the body and fade to a very acceptable and inconspicuous appearance over time.
Lower body lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia in Dr. Soto's nationally accredited, on-site surgery center. It is common during the post-operation period that the patient will feel some pain and discomfort, with most patients using prescription pain medicine for about a week. Dr. Soto also highly recommends patients opt for intra-operative administration of Exparel. Exparel is an injectable, long acting (3-5 days) pain medicine that Dr. Soto can inject directly into the muscle layer at the time of surgery. Because restoration of the muscular anatomy with sutures is the source of the majority of the pain after lower body lift, injecting Exparel has significantly reduced the amount of pain and disability most patients experience after surgery. This has led to reduced use of narcotic pain medicine, and therefore also reduced the side affects and complications that can arise from their use as well. Once prescription medications have been stopped, you will transition to tylenol.
Does Insurance Cover This?
If it is proven that this surgery is medically necessary to attain a better quality of life, some insurance providers may cover a portion of the cost. There is no guarantee that coverage will be applicable, and our office does not perform any insurance certification procedures, although we are happy to provide you with your operative records in order to assist you in any claim you may choose to make with your insurance provider.
When to Undergo Surgery?
It is recommended that anyone who is considering a lower body lift should be at or near their goal weight, with a BMI (body mass index) below 30. If the loose skin is caused by pregnancy, it is best to postpone this type of surgery until all additional pregnancies have been completed, as any additional episode of significant weight gain may compromise the results of the surgery.