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People who have been very successful with their weight loss program often have an excess amount of skin and stubborn fat deposits all around the circumference of their midbody area. If this is what you see in your mirror, don’t feel dismayed. Dr. Rocheford personalizes lower body lift procedures for Minneapolis-St. Paul patients who are looking for the most dramatic improvement post-weight loss. If you decide this is the right choice, you’ll be banishing excess tissue from the front and back of your torso and ridding yourself of any remaining love handles around your sides. Not only that, but your buttocks and outer thighs will benefit from the lifting effect as well. 

What Is a Lower Body Lift? 

A lower body lift is a combination of surgical procedures designed to address sagging or loose skin on the lower half of the body. A lower body lift can include procedures like a tummy tuck, thigh lift, and buttocks lift.

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“Dr. Rocheford and her team are the best of the best. The results of my breast lift and reduction surgery are better than I ever hoped. I love how I look, the way clothes fit, and freedom from the weight and strain on my upper body that I lived with way too long. Every detail from pre-op, to surgery day to post op care went smoothly. Any questions I had along the way were answered promptly. I felt safe, well cared for and that I was valued, listened to and the entire team was working to see that I had a good outcome. Dr. Rocheford succeeded brilliantly in giving me that good outcome. My life is better, from both a physical and emotional standpoint. I highly recommend Dr. Rocheford as a plastic surgeon, but also for the excellence of every aspect of her practice.”

“I had searched and consulted with a few other plastic surgeons before I met with Dr. Rocheford. I had researched her and kept her name in my contacts until I was ready for this next step in my life. After losing 100 pounds this was the final step in my weight loss journey. Dr. Rocheford and staff made me feel very comfortable and not rushed with my decision. I was really surprised that she met with me in-person for my consultation, seeing the others were on zoom. She’s skilled and very precise with her work. There was no hesitation to have her perform my tummy tuck once I met her. I was very nervous the day of the procedure but Dr. Rochford and her staff made me feel very comfortable and at ease. The care I received after was outstanding, even making a call to her in the evening with a concern and she took the call late evening.”

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Cost of Lower Body Lift

Lower Body Lift: $21,400

This includes your surgical fee and all follow-up visits with Dr. Rocheford. This estimate also includes the facility fee and anesthesia costs. This is an estimate and may be different depending on your specific situation. It does not include the cost of your pre-operative physical, lab tests, or medications. Dr. Rocheford does charge $100 for consultations, and that fee is deducted from the price of your surgery or in-office procedure. 

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Details Of Lower Body Lift Surgery 

  • Surgery:  Surgery is done under general anesthesia at a hospital. The surgery takes 6-8 hours. 
  • Discomfort:  Moderate to severe. Anticipate 3 – 14 days of pain medication. 
  • Bruising:  Improves in 1 – 2 weeks. 
  • Swelling:  Improves in 2 – 4 weeks. Don’t be alarmed by swelling in your ankles or feet. Keep your legs elevated to minimize swelling. 
  • Bandages:  Removed 2 – 4 days following surgery. 
  • Stitches:  Internal stitches dissolve. 
  • Drains:  Removed in 2 – 3 weeks from the abdomen, 1 – 3 days from the thighs and buttocks. 
  • Work:  You may return to work when you are done taking prescription pain pills. This is usually in 2 – 4 weeks. 
  • Sun Exposure:  Protect from the sun with sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher for one year. 
  • Exercise:  May be resumed in 2 weeks gently (walking). Weights and more vigorous exercise, 4 – 6 weeks. 
  • Final Result:  Following scar maturation, about 1 year. 

A lower body lift is typically performed for a person who has a great deal of loose skin, especially after weight loss. The skin and tissue removed are indicated by the dashed lines. Once removed, the remaining skin is brought together with the incisions hidden below your pant line.

Candidates for a Lower Body Lift 

Ideal candidates for a lower body lift include individuals who have sagging or loose skin on the lower half of the body. This can include skin on the abdomen, hips, thighs, and buttocks. Individuals seeking a lower body lift may experience sagging skin due to significant weight loss or the natural aging process. Candidates must be in good overall health and have realistic expectations. 

Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Rocheford 

If you’re ready to discuss your options for improving the look of your lower body, including your thighs and buttocks, now is a great time to schedule your lower body lift surgery consultation with Dr. Heather Rocheford at our plastic surgery offices, serving the Twin Cities Metro area including St. Paul, Minneapolis, Woodbury and beyond. Simply request a consultation online or call Rocheford Plastic Surgery at 651-739-1100 today to schedule your appointment. 

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Lower Body Lift FAQs 

Does a lower body lift include thighs? 

A lower body lift removes excess tissue from the front and back of the lower torso. This also improves the appearance of the buttocks and outer thighs. 

What is the recovery time for a body lift? 

For a lower body lift you should be able to resume your daily activities around 2 to 4 weeks after your procedure. 

What does a lower body lift consist of? 

A lower body lift is designed to remove excess skin and tissue from the lower torso. The results will also improve the look of your thighs and buttocks. 

Does insurance cover lower body lifts? 

Most insurance providers will not cover a lower body lift procedure. However, sometimes it can be covered for those who have lost a lot of weight and the loose skin is causing discomfort and irritation. 

Patient Resources

Whether a new or returning patient, we have plenty of resources to either help you get started or learn more about the procedure process. From patient forms to blogs, we have all the resources you’ll need to prepare yourself for your appointment.

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