Lower Body Lift
Conveniently located to serve St. Louis, Missouri
For those who have had weight loss or desire complete torso/hip/buttock re-contouring/re-shaping, including the abdomen, flanks, hips, back and buttocks, there is no more powerful procedure than a lower body lift. This is an extremely challenging procedure and most plastic surgeons have never even performed one, including surgeons who perform tummy tuck surgery regularly. This is the one procedure that Dr. Cabbabe insists patients see only an extremely experienced combination body contouring/lipo AND skin removal expert for and if necessary, travel. If a prior tummy tuck has already been performed, it will need to be revised as a part of the procedure.
Dr. Cabbabe incorporates his experience with reconstructive and cosmetic surgery of the body to give his patients the best results possible to meet their desires. He is an expert in cosmetic, reconstructive and minimally invasive body surgery. Many bariatric surgeons refer their patients to Dr. Cabbabe for his expertise. During your consultation, Dr. Cabbabe will carefully examine you and will make recommendations in order to help you achieve your desired result prior to surgery.
This circumferential skin removal procedure includes a tummy tuck, 360 Hi-Def/4D liposuction with ab-etching, pubic/hip/lateral thigh/buttock lifting with fat transfer/Brazilian butt lift/buttock reshaping. Correct scar location in the bikini line is critical and very difficult to achieve. Muscle tightening, pubic lift and belly button relocating are usually included as a part of the tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty.
Sometimes new belly buttons need to be created in cases of umbilical hernias, other incidental hernias are always repaired as part of the procedure unless they are severe or significant and generally this is known and discussed ahead of time during your consultation.
Revision body contouring and revision lower body lift, is something Dr. Cabbabe has become very accustomed to doing for patients who have had unsatisfactory results including high or irregular scars, non-lifted pubic areas, poorly performed liposuction, no fat transfer or fibrosis from previous liposuction procedures where skin removal was needed but not offered or done. Results after revision surgery are always more expensive to patients, the risks are higher, and the result is less than if Dr. Cabbabe had done the original procedure.
Prior to Surgery
During your consultation Dr. Cabbabe will review your concerns and make recommendations to help you reach and exceed your goals. Dr. Cabbabe believes the key to a great result involves the correct proportions and harmony flowing from the chest to the abdomen, hips, pelvis, buttocks and thighs.
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All surgeries are performed with safety as the #1 priority. Dr. Cabbabe is a double board – certified plastic surgeon and the current Chief of Plastic Surgery at his hospital. He has an impeccable track record of safety with minimal complications for the extended scope of work being done for his patients. There are never elective marathon surgeries exceeding 6-7 hours as this is well-established as leading to a high rate of complications, including death. All surgeries are performed in the hospital and overnight stays with IV fluids and monitoring are required for these surgeries with discharge generally the following day after approval from Dr. Cabbabe or his staff.
Multiple things are done to minimize scarring including techniques during surgery and dressings and incision care after surgery. We carry a silicone gel in our office, silicone tape is also helpful to minimize scarring and can be purchased online, silicone is the active ingredient to look for. Patients should take iron supplementation prior to surgery, a multivitamin with iron once a day or iron with calcium once a day is recommended 3 months prior to surgery. Blood loss is always a part of surgery, particularly liposuction, and anemia must be minimized prior to surgery for optimal results. Patients need to be in good general medical health with no significant heart, lung or other organ problems. Risks increase in patients with increasing BMI and 35 is generally recommended for safety and optimal results. The results for patients over BMI 35 is often unsatisfactory and weight loss is recommended.
Your Lower Body Lift will be performed in a hospital or surgery center in St. Louis, MO.
Patients will be expected to wear compression garments for a minimum of 6 weeks after surgery and lymphatic massages are generally recommended starting within 1 week of surgery. We can help you with recommendations.
Useful items to have on hand include: additional compression garments/FAJA’s (more than one size), extra pillows, BBL pillow (as needed), extra gauze, polysporin ointment and Vaseline or other similar moisturizers. It is helpful to have a recliner to sleep on for the first week or two when you transition to a bed. Extra compression garments, including FAJA’s in different sizes, are helpful as your size will decrease after swelling goes down. Female urination devices can be purchased on Amazon to be used while garments are worn.
Return to full work and exercise is generally within 3 weeks of surgery due to Dr. Cabbabe’s protocols which he has built based on hundreds of tummy tuck and body contouring surgeries.