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Lower body lift for Massive weight loss by Seattle Plastic Surgeon

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Lower Body Lift and Belt Lipectomy according to Seattle Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Lisa Lynn Sowder

No excercise routine will tighten the skin. Running around Seattle’s Greenlake once a day and lifting weights in one of Seattle’s many gyms will get your muscles toned and your heart and lungs healthy but it won’t tighten your skin. This fact of life keeps me busy even in a very fit and health conscious city like Seattle.

Quick facts:

  • Costs: $14,000 – $16,000 if done as an outpatient,  depending on the length of surgery.
  • Costs: $ 25,000 or more if done as an inpatient at Swedish hospital. 
  • Post-operative pain: a lot. 
  • Time in compression garment:  3 weeks.
  • Time off work or school: 3 weeks.
  • Time off driving the kids to lacrosse:   2  weeks or once you are off narcotic pain meds.
  • Time off the gym:  6 weeks.
  • Time off the slopes:  6  weeks.
  • Time off the kite board: 8 weeks.
  • Time off house work:  forever!   Just kidding, usually 4-6 weeks.
  • How longdoes it last:  forever unless you have significant weight change.
  • Patient satisfaction:   high

The fine print:

These major body contouring procedures are recommended when a patient would benefit from circumferential body contouring and tightening. Most of these patients have lost significant amounts of weight but occasionally an always slender patient develops so much laxity from aging that they, too, may benefit from this surgery.

The amount of skin and fat removal and the location of the incisions are highly variable depending on the patient’s anatomy and skin characteristics. Every patient and every case is a little different.

This type of surgery is major surgery and patients must be in excellent health to be considered a good candidate. I tell patients to train for this surgery as if they were training for an athletic event. Excellent nutrition and a high level of fitness are very important. Often, I do several blood tests to check for blood count and nutritional markers and also have the patient undergo cardiac evaluation prior to deciding whether or not to proceed with surgery.

I do these cases in my AAAASF certified Seattle office operating room, at Seattle Surgery Center next door, or at Swedish Hospital. Most  patients are able to go home the day of surgery if they have a very good caregiver or they hire a postoperative nurse.

I provide close postoperative care to help assure that the lengthy incisions heals properly and that the patients are following postoperative instructions. I also do a little cheerleading because these procedures are a big hit and patients can get discouraged by the lengthy recovery.

Recovery varies with the extent of the surgery and the overall health of the patients. Most patients take 3 weeks off of work and almost all patients are significantly fatigued for 4 – 6 weeks.

Eventually, when all is healed and settled and the patient is back to normal activities and into a flattering pair of jeans, it all seems well worth the time, discomfort and cost.