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Lower Body Lift


Sagging skin and loss of tone in the thighs, buttocks, and abdomen can be caused by aging, weight fluctuations, reduction of natural skin laxity, and other factors. This is especially problematic for individuals who have experienced significant weight loss with gastric bypass surgery. A lower body lift is a comprehensive surgical procedure, designed to remove fat and excess skin from the lower body, increasing your comfort and enhancing your appearance.

This technique lifts the outer thigh and buttocks, as well as tightening the hips and abdomen. It can improve the shape and contours of your hips, legs, and abdomen considerably, helping clothing to fit better. Patients often discover that they can wear garments that previously would not fit, or made them feel self-conscious.

The procedure

Generally, the first step is contouring the abdomen, by removing excess skin and fat between the naval and pubic area. The incision goes around the belly button, so it remains in the same location. The abdominal muscles are tightened, and the skin is repositioned. Next, the excess fat and skin are removed from the patient's back. The outer thighs are usually elevated and treated with liposuction to remove fat deposits.

You will be provided with a compression garment, which helps control swelling and supports your legs and midsection during healing. One or several drain tubes are placed so that fluid does not accumulate. When the surgery is over, you will say in our office for about an hour until you are alert enough to leave.


You can expect a slimmer profile and better fitting clothing. Our patients are very happy with their improved body shapes, and many lose between five and ten pounds, as well as up to four clothing sizes. Patients often tell us how thrilled they are to feel proud and comfortable wearing form-fitting clothing, shorts, and other styles that they previously avoided. As long as you maintain your current weight, your lovely new contours are permanent. Additionally, many patients notice that future weight gain does not cause fat accumulation in the treated areas to the same degree as before.

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Dr. Thomas T. Nguyen board certified plastic surgeon Fountain Valley, CA A Magna cum Laude graduate from Millsaps College, Dr. Thomas T. Nguyen is a board certified plastic surgeon. He brings with him a plethora of skill, expertise and knowledge given his 20 plus years of experience in the field.

Dr. Nguyen is presently the medical director of Orange County Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery Center. He has engaged in research and contributed to many medical publications and continues to be deeply passionate about providing the best possible treatment for his patients.
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