Lower Body Lift – Thigh Lift Manhattan, NY

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The lower body lift is performed for patients in New York City that desire improvement of the abdominal region, the  thighs and the buttocks. It is more common in patients after massive weight loss. Unwanted excess tissue of the inner and outer thighs can be treated by direct excision of loose skin and subcutaneous fat to improve the contour. Commonly the lower body lift is performed first, and the lateral thigh lift is performed at a later time to allow the lower body lift to heal. Often with a lateral thigh lift, the medial thigh does see some improvement from the natural spiral effect of the lateral lift. The severity of the medial thigh laxity will determine what variation of the medial thigh lift procedure will be performed. The buttocks can also be lifted in the procedure to improve the shape as well, and if the buttocks are flat, then procedures for augmenting the buttock can be performed. The lower body lift procedure usually takes between four and six hours, a standard lateral thigh lift may take about three to four hours, and a medial thigh lift usually takes between two and three hours each with a recuperation time of one to two weeks. Dr. Wallach has presented at national meetings and published plastic surgery journal articles on lower body lifting procedures.

What is a body lift?

A body lift is performed to improve the body contour of the abdomen, the flanks and the buttock region.  It is often performed for patients after massive weight loss.

Who is a good candidate for body lift

A good candidate for a body lift is a patient that desires lower body contour improvement most often due to loose hanging skin and/or excess fatty tissue in the region.

How much does a body lift cost?

A body lift fee can vary from $15-25K

What should I expect during a consultation
for body lift surgery?

During the consultation, you will spend a lot of time with the doctor reviewing your surgical goals. An exam will then be performed and a surgical plan will be discussed with you at length.

What questions should I ask my plastic
surgeon about body lift surgery?

You should ask if he is board certified first, and then discuss what options are best suited to treat your concerns.
The risks of surgery include poor wound healing, infection, seroma, hematoma, dysesthesia, unfavorable scarring, rebound laxity, and need for further procedures.

What are the risks of body lift surgery?

I usually tell my patients to eat healthy and exercise regularly and avoid medications and herbal supplements that might cause bleeding.

How should I prepare for body lift surgery?

A body lift procedure is performed under general anesthesia. Often the patient is placed prone first and the excess skin and fatty tissue is removed and closed with stitches that dissolve. The patient is then re-positioned on their back and the abdominal area is treated.  This may include repair of muscle weakness or diastasis and then the excess skin and fat are removed.   The patient usually has drains and is placed in a binder or compression garment.

What are the steps of a body lift procedure?

Patients usually have discomfort in the abdominal midline is muscle weakness was treated.  They might have a few drains which are removed in the office during one of the post-op visits. In general, the sutures dissolve on their own.

What should I expect during my body lift

You should expect that a lot of the excess skin and fat was removed and the abdomen is flatter. You might experience some rebound laxity as the tissues heal and the swelling subsides.

What results should I expect after body lift

Some words associate with lower body lift include, abdominoplasty, buttocks, flanks, circumferential body lift, fleur-de-lis, diastasis, plication.

What words should I know about body lift

The best way to choose is first to determine if he is board certified and experienced doing the procedure that you want. You want to feel comfortable with both the doctor and his staff.  Seeing his results as well and his experience is also important.


Lower Body Lift

The lower body lift (LBL) includes a variety of procedures that can be used to remove redundant skin and soft tissue of the lower abdomen, hips, and buttock region, depending upon the severity of the redundancy. As a result, the abdomen is tightened, the pubic area is elevated, hip rolls are removed, the lateral thighs are elevated, and the buttock is raised as well. Often, an abdominal diastasis (a weakness of the connective tissue layer between the rectus muscles) will be tightened with sutures.

Buttock Lift

A buttock lift is often done in conjunction with a lower body lift (LBL) for patients in New York City. The incision is usually kept low just above the buttock crease. Excess soft tissue and skin is removed and the buttock is lifted. As an isolated procedure, it is often performed in patients who have undergone previous abdominoplasty or extended abdominoplasty. It may be combined with buttock augmentation as well. The procedure usually takes about two hours and recuperation time is about one week.

Buttock Augmentation

When patients undergo a lower body lift (LBL), or a buttock lift, many times their buttocks remain relatively flat. Sometimes augmentation of the buttock can be performed by rotating skin and soft tissue that otherwise would be discarded during a buttock lift into the flat area. Another modality to achieve buttock augmentation is to inject fat into the area (See Brazilian Buttock Lift). This fat can be obtained from other areas.

Circumferential Abdominoplasty

A circumferential abdominoplasty is a procedure in which a full abdominoplasty is performed in conjunction with a buttock lift. This is performed for soft tissue and skin laxity of the abdomen, hips, and buttock region. Often, an abdominal diastasis is repaired as well and the mons pubis is raised. The final incision is kept low on the abdomen and extends around the back at the level of the buttock crease. This procedure usually takes four to five hours and patients need one to two weeks to recuperate.

Fleur-de-lis circumferential abdominoplasty

This is a variation of the circumferential abdominoplasty in which a vertical component is added so that the final abdominal incision closure looks like an inverted “T”. This is performed when patients have significant upper midline abdominal skin and soft tissue laxity in addition to the laxity of the lower torso. The procedure takes four to six hours and patients need one to two weeks to recuperate.

Mons Pubis Reduction

Commonly, mons pubis laxity is treated during an abdominoplasty or circumferential procedure. Elevation of this area is performed to re-create a youthful mons region in both men and women. The final incision closure is usually transverse, and is part of the abdominoplasty or circumferential procedure closure. If the mons is very wide, a vertical excision can be performed. Liposuction is occasionally performed to de-bulk the region.

Lateral Thigh Lift

A lateral thigh lift is performed to treat loose lateral thigh skin that often occurs after massive weight loss. Commonly, this area is treated during a circumferential abdominoplasty. The incision used is often the same as used during a lower body lift (LBL). Often a formal lateral thigh lift procedure will be performed after a LBL when the patient can be placed on their side with the treated leg in an extended position (abducted). Sometimes liposuction is performed as well. Interestingly, because of the way the skin of the thigh adheres to the leg, pulling up on the lateral thigh spirals around toward the inner thigh, and may provide some improvement of the inner (medial thigh) as well. This procedure can be performed in two to three hours and the recuperation takes one to two weeks.

Medial Thigh Lift

The medial thigh lift is performed to improve the appearance of the inner thigh. It can treat loose, hanging skin and the deeper soft tissue excess. Variations of the procedure approach will depend upon the severity of the laxity.

Crescent Lift

A crescent excision pattern is a common variation for patients with moderate laxity of the upper inner thigh. This will not treat the lower thigh adequately, and is the more common procedure performed in patients who have not had massive weight loss. The incision is usually confined to the groin crease and the inner buttock region. The procedure usually takes two hours and the recuperation takes one to two weeks.

Extended Medial Thigh Lift

This is performed in patients with severe laxity of the inner thigh that extends toward the knee. This is more commonly performed in patients with massive weight loss. An “L” shaped incision pattern is the final resulting closure. There is a groin crease incision as well as a longitudinal incision down the inner thigh toward the knee region. Excess skin and soft tissue is removed within the pattern, and the result is an incision closure like the inseam of a pair of pants. The surgery takes two to three hours on average and the recuperation time is one to two weeks.  For more information on the techniques and types of incisions in a thigh lift, visit our blog.

If you would like more information about Dr. Wallach and his success with New York City Lower Body Lift/ Thigh Lift procedures, we hope that you will not hesitate to contact our Manhattan offices at (212) 257-3263 or by mail at 1049 5th Avenue, Suite 2D in New York, NY 10028; or using our contact form to request additional details.

Lower Body & Thigh Lift Frequently Asked Questions


Can you get lipo on your inner thighs?

Yes liposuction can be performed on the inner thighs.

Does running get rid of cellulite?

Running does not improve cellulite.

Can you get surgery to remove arm fat?

Surgery can be performed to remove arm fat.

How are thigh lifts done?

Thigh lifts can be performed using an inner thigh crease incision removing a crescent of tissue or an incision can be extended down the inner thigh towards the knee.

Does a lower body lift include thighs?

A lower body lift does not include a formal thigh lift but you may see some improvement of the thighs during the body lift.

How can I firm up flabby thighs?

Flabby arms can be firmed with some lasers. Flabby arms can be firmed up with liposuction and direct skin excision in some cases.

Does insurance cover skin removal after weight loss?

Insurance does not cover thigh lift skin removal.

How can I reduce my thigh fat?

Thigh fat can be reduced with liposuction or direct excision during a thigh lift.

How dangerous is a thigh lift?

A thigh lift is not dangerous

How much does a thigh lift Cost?

A thigh lift fee will vary. It can cost from $8500-20,000.

How do you get rid of loose skin on your thighs?

The best way to get rid of loose thigh skin, is by direct skin excision.

How much does it cost for a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck can cost between $8500-15000.

How do you prepare for a thigh lift?

I tell my patients to eat healthy and exercise regularly, and also to avoid medications or supplements that can cause bleeding.

How much does it cost to remove inner thigh fat?

The fee will vary whether it is liposuction or an inner thigh lift.

How long is recovery from a thigh lift?

Usually patients can go back to light duty after about 7-10 days.

Is having a thigh gap healthy?

Having a thigh gap is not always possible after an inner thigh lift.

What are the different types of thigh lifts?

There are generally two types of thigh lifts: 1)an inner thigh lift using a crescent excision pattern in the groin crease. 2) a vertical incision or hockey stick incision approach.

What is a spiral thigh lift?

A spiral thigh lift is an inner thigh lift using a hockey incision approach.

What does a thigh lift Cost?

The fee for a thigh lift varies from between $8500-$20000

What is a thigh lift?

A thigh lift is a procedure in which inner thigh skin and fat is removed to improve the contour of the inner thigh.

What exercises help lose thigh fat?

A good exercise regimen can help reduce thigh fat.

What is an inner thigh lift surgery?

There are generally two types of thigh lifts: 1)an inner thigh lift using a crescent excision pattern in the groin crease. 2) a vertical incision or hockey stick incision approach.

What is a bilateral thigh lift?

There are generally two types of thigh lifts: 1)an inner thigh lift using a crescent excision pattern in the groin crease. 2) a vertical incision or hockey stick incision approach.

What is considered a thigh gap?

A thigh gap is the space between the two thighs.

Where are the scars for a thigh lift?

The incisions can be in the groin crease and can also go down the inseam of the inner thigh.

Will a thigh lift get rid of cellulite?

A thigh lift does not improve cellulite.

Steven Wallach MD

Steven Wallach MD

Dr. Wallach is a board-certified plastic surgeon in New York City who specializes in performing cosmetic procedures of the face, breast and body. As one of the cutting edge experts in the field, Dr. Wallach consults on a regular basis with people in the beauty, media, and publishing worlds.

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