The aim of a lower body lift is to remove and tighten excess skin. Areas of treatment include the hips, outer upper thighs, lower abdomen, and upper buttocks. Where an abdominoplasty address the abdomen, a lower bodylift extends circumferentially to your back. This procedure is suitable for men and women who have lost a large amount of weight which could be either through diet and exercise or through bariatric surgery, it is also used to tighten saggy skin due to pregnancy or ageing.
You are a good candidate for lower bodylift if you have already reached your goal weight and as a result have some loose skin around your abdomen (tummy), thighs, buttocks and back. Your abdominal muscles can also be tightened if they were stretched/weakened during pregnancy or weight gain. You should be physically and mentally healthy, have realistic expectations and be willing to accept the scar of lower body lift.
Body lift surgery is performed at Lingard Private Hospital or Warners Bay Private Hospital. You may be in hospital for 5-7 days after surgery.
The Medicare item number is 30179. We encourage our patients to check with their health fund that they are covered prior to their consultation/surgery. You may be able to claim a rebate from Medicare and your health fund for a Lower Body Lift if :
- You have divarication of your rectus muscle (your abdominal muscles are stretched/weakened)
- You have lost a significant amount weight – it must be at least 5 BMI points – check your BMI here : https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/bmi-calculator
- Your weight has remained stable for at least 6 months
- You experience persistent skin rashes or excoriation that have not responded to medical treatment.
- You have excessive skin that interferes with your daily activities
Dr Miteff will document this in your consultation and let you know if you meet the above Medicare criteria.