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Suite 412
Harrison, NY 10528

928 Broadway, Suite 401
New York, New York 10010 212-518-1642

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Carmel, New York 10512 914-421-0113


A lower body lift also known as circumferential abdominoplasty or belt lipectomy is indicated in those patients who may normally seek a traditional abdominoplasty but also have excess skin in their lateral thighs and buttocks.

The lower body lift procedure improves the contours of the abdomen, lateral thighs and buttocks in a single operation. It is most commonly performed in patients that have had a significant weight loss from diet and exercise or from bariatric surgery. A lower body lift is an excisional procedure which removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen, thighs and buttocks. Results can be dramatic. The best candidates for circumferential body contouring procedures such as a lower body lift are those who have maintained a stable weight for at least six months.

Isolated lifts such as an abdominoplasty or lateral thigh lift are appropriate in the right patients; however, when performed in patients with a circumferential problem, an isolated lift may result in disproportion with the remaining unlifted tissues. It is these patients with laxity of the buttocks, thighs and abdomen who are well suited for a lower body lift. Rather than just recontouring the abdomen alone, a lower body lift improves the contours of the entire trunk.

Dr. Greenwald understands that the decision to undergo surgery correction is an important one. Dr. Greenwald knows the importance of educating you before, during and after the procedure as he firmly believes the most informed patients are also the most comfortable, confident and satisfied patients. Please contact our cosmetic plastic surgery practice in Westchester County, New York schedule an abdominoplasty, liposuction or body contouring consultation with Dr. Joshua Greenwald.

Below are FAQs about lower body lift surgery in Harrison, New York (Westchester County):

If you have lost a significant amount of weight through diet and exercise or after bariatric surgery, you mat be a good candidate for a circumferential abdominoplasty with Dr. Greenwald.  A lower body lift tightens the abdomen, buttocks and lateral thighs.  If you have had previous liposuction that has left you with excess skin in the abdomen, buttocks and thighs, a lower body lift may provide you with the contours you are seeking.  The goals of the lower body lift procedure are to improve the contours of the buttocks, abdomen and thighs in a single operation.  It is important to remember that patients who have massive-weight loss patients frequently require procedures to address laxity in the medial thighs, arms, and breasts.  These areas are not addressed by a lower body lift or belt lipectomy. 

Patients who have had lower body lifts are amongst the happiest cosmetic surgery patients as the results can be dramatic.  If you are unsure if a lower body lift is right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Greenwald to find out.  Please contact our cosmetic plastic surgery practice in Westchester County, New York schedule an abdominoplasty, liposuction or body contouring consultation with Dr. Joshua Greenwald. 

During your initial lower body lift consultation, Dr. Greenwald will inquire about your medical and surgical history including current medications and allergies.  It is important to be thorough when discussing your medical history as safety is Dr. Greenwald’s top priority.    Your full disclosure of all pertinent medical information prior to surgery will reduce the incidence of unwanted complications after surgery.  You will discuss your concerns and motivations for seeking a circumferential abdominoplasty.  Details of the lower body lift  will be discussed including incision placement as well what is expected of you preoperatively and postoperatively. The risks of surgery will also be discussed in detail.  Numerous before and after photographs of actual patients will be reviewed during your consultation. 

You will then be asked to put a gown on.  Dr. Greenwald will then carefully examine the areas which concern you.  Photographs will be taken. Dr. Greenwald will then review your photographs with you.  Proposed incisions will be demonstrated on the computer images.  The lower body lift requires an incision that extends around your entire torso.  Every effort is made to hide the incisions within the confines of your undergarment; however, this is not possible in certain cases.  A surgical plan customized to your needs will then be discussed with you by Dr. Greenwald.  Dr. Greenwald encourages you to ask any questions during you consultation.  Following your consultation, you will meet with Missy, Dr. Greenwald’s patient coordinator, to discuss scheduling your lower body lift surgery and answer any questions you may have forgotten to ask Dr. Greenwald.

Body contouring surgery is not an exact science.  Although the majority of patients experience no complications, Dr. Greenwald will discuss potential risks and complications of lower body lift surgery at the time of your consultation.  Prior to undergoing a belt lipectomy with Dr. Greenwald in New York, it is important for you to fully understand the risks and potential complications associated with your procedure. 

Once you have scheduled your lower body lift surgery with Dr. Greenwald in Westchester County, New York, you will be given preoperative instructions which discuss everything from finances to follow-up visits after your surgery. Prior to you’re your circumferential abdominoplasty, you will need basic blood work and medical clearance form your primary medical doctor. Post-bariatric patients who were morbidly obese at one time may need to see a cardiologist who will evaluate you, order appropriate tests (echocardiogram, stress test) and clear you for general anesthesia pending the study results. You will receive prescriptions form Dr. Greenwald’s patient coordinator prior to surgery. It is important to have the medication prescriptions filled in the days prior to your surgery so they are waiting for you when you return home from surgery.

You will receive a list of medications (i.e. aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) to avoid for 14 days prior to your lower body lift surgery with Dr. Greenwald. Additionally, though there is no scientific proof that certain medications reduce bruising, swelling and pain after lower body lift surgery, you will be asked to obtain Arnica Montana, Bromelain and Vitamin A pills to take prior to and after your procedure. Finally, the night before surgery, shower and wash as you would normally and do not eat or drink after midnight. It is important also that you review your post-surgical instructions so you know how to care for yourself after your lower body lift with Dr. Greenwald.

Dr. Greenwald performs lower body lift surgery as an inpatient in a hospital setting. Dr. Greenwald maintains operating privileges at several local hospitals including White Plains Hospital (White Plains, New York), Northern Westchester Hospital (Mount Kisco, NY) and Putnam Hospital Center (Carmel, NY). Most circumferential abdominoplasty patients stay in the hospital one to two nights. Pain medications are received as needed in the hospital and prophylaxis against blood clots forming ion the legs is continued until you are ambulatory.

When you arrive at the hospital for your lower body lift surgery with Dr. Greenwald, you will check in and be escorted to the surgery suite. Dr. Greenwald, the nursing staff and the anesthesiologist will meet with you prior to your surgery. Prior to your discharge form the hospital, you will receive detailed postoperative instructions. Dr. Greenwald will review them with you prior to your departure form the hospital.

Please contact our cosmetic plastic surgery practice in Westchester County, New York schedule an abdominoplasty, liposuction or body contouring consultation with Dr. Joshua Greenwald.

Assuming you were a good candidate for a lower body lift, you will see a noticeable improvement in your body’s contour soon after surgery. Improvement continues for up to six months after surgery as the swelling subsides and skin contraction becomes maximal. Provided you maintain a stable weight by eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly, you will be able to maintain your new shape. Results after lower body lift surgery can be dramatic.

Please contact our cosmetic plastic surgery practice in Westchester County, New York schedule an abdominoplasty, liposuction or body contouring consultation with Dr. Joshua Greenwald.