Lower Body Lift in Chicago and Vernon Hills, IL

Reshape your entire trunk abdomen, thighs and buttocks.


Introduction to Lower Body Lift (Belt Lipectomy)

Lower Body Lift

A lower body lift, also known as a belt lipectomy, is the “gold standard” body contouring procedure to rejuvenate the entire trunk. It essentially combines an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), outer thigh lift and buttock lift in one operation. Most commonly performed in patients who have lost a significant amount of weight either by bariatric surgery and/or diet and exercise, the power in the procedure lies in the circumferential excision of skin and fat.

Now that you have lost all that weight, it is time to tailor the excess skin and fat to unleash your inner frame!

Am I a candidate?

Treatment Type

Cosmetic Surgery

Treatment Time

4 to 5 hours


General Anesthesia

Back to Work

3 weeks, with restrictions for up to 10 to 12 weeks to promote optimal healing time

Total Recovery Time

Up to 8 to 10 weeks depending on healing time

Duration of Results

Long lasting

# of Treatments


Treatment overview

Dramatic weight loss can alter the shape of the trunk with hanging excess skin in the abdomen, thighs, and buttocks. A strategically placed circumferential incision around the trunk allows a tummy tuck, thigh lift and buttock lift to be performed simultaneously and dramatically improve the shape of the whole midsection.


Used to Treat

There are a number of reasons you may have hanging excess skin in the abdomen, thighs, and buttocks a lower body lift. These include:


Age related skin laxity

Fluctuations and significant loss of weight


Benefits of a Lower Body Lift

Patients undergoing a Lower Body Lift procedure can expect:

  • Improves the contour and appearance of the whole trunk—abdomen, thighs and buttocks
  • Reduces skin irritation/rash that is common with excess skin
  • Improves self-confidence

How it Works

The Consultation

At RL Center for Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa, each initial patient consultation is different. Depending on your needs, desired treatments, areas of concern, and simply who you are as a patient, we will schedule you with an actual treatment provider to discuss your goals, budget, and more. During this appointment, we will go through before & after photos, your medical history, and any questions you might have. Only then can we make a recommendation for which procedures or treatments may be right for you and why. We will be sure to educate you on how the treatments work, including what to expect during and afterward.

We charge $100 for surgical consultations that last about 40 minutes. At the end of your consultation, you will leave our office in Vernon Hills with a thorough, personalized treatment plan. And when you’re ready, we’ll schedule your surgery for a day and time that works for your schedule.

The Procedure

In a lower body lift, also known as a belt lipectomy, surgery is performed under general anesthesia and a circumferential incision is made to contour the entire trunk. The incision around the trunk allows for a maximal amount of skin excision and lifting. The scar is planned so that it can be discretely placed to hide under typical undergarments and clothing.

For the abdomen, the incision allows for access to tighten the underlying muscle and fascia that is stretched out from pregnancy and/or weight fluctuations. This “internal girdle or corset” flattens the abdominal wall. The redundant mons pubis is also addressed with a combination of liposuction and direct excision to restore the appearance in this area. The belly button is reshaped with a natural inset, giving the depth and appearance of an “unoperated” belly button.

For the outer thighs, the incision across this area allows for a direct lifting of the thighs by excising the excess skin in that region.

For the buttocks, the direct excision of skin and fat from the upper buttock/lower back region lifts the buttocks dramatically. For patients who have lost significant volume of the buttock, a vascularized island of fat and skin can be preserved and tucked under the buttock skin, to augment and improve the shape of the deflated buttocks.

This procedure can often be combined with liposuction and additional body contouring or breast procedures in a safe, outpatient fashion in our surgery center or at a local hospital depending on the patient’s desires and situation.

The Recovery

Immediately following the procedure, your incisions will be covered with bandages and special garments to deter excess swelling and for optimal healing. There will be drains to remove any fluid that can collect under the skin. Although each patient is given individual instructions for recovery care, we require ample rest in order to promote healing and comfort.  Your surgeon will expect to see you within 24-48 hours following the surgery in order to ensure your healing is on track for the best results.

Before & After

Results of a Lower Body Lift

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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs about Lower Body Lift

Lower Body Lift near you

Book Your Lower Body Lift Consultation

An improved silhouette is just one click or phone call away. Contact us online or by phone at (847) 367-8815 to book your consultation to learn more about arm lifts and the personalized surgery process at RL Center for Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa.

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Happy patients


Dr Lu and his staff are wonderful! I’ve gone through two surgeries and have not been disappointed. I can’t say I’m looking forward to the next surgery, but I know I’m in good hands and will be well taken care of. There isn’t any other team I would place my trust in.

Katie is a gem and the best addition to that team. I have so many questions and she is always there ready to deal with my anxiety with a calm voice of reason and a smile. I feel like she has truly listened to me and genuinely cares about me.

-Nicole Hatfield

Dr. Lu and his staff were professional, efficient and very friendly throughout the entire process. They addressed any concern I had and answered all my questions. I never felt rushed with any appointment and they made me feel like I was a priority.

On the day of the surgery, any nerves I had were reassured by the professionalism and experience Dr. Lu and his staff demonstrated. It was great getting a text from Dr. Lu the next day to see how I was doing, and knowing I could text him any time with concerns or questions.

I would highly recommend Dr. Lu for any cosmetic surgery, he’s the best in the area. I had gone to a plastic surgeon a couple years ago in Schaumburg and I had a totally different experience. The staff there seemed ‘bothered’ with questions I asked and the doctor made some troubling comments when I had expressed some concerns about my results. So when I met Dr. Lu, I knew I was making the right choice to have him do my surgery.

-Dru Hay

Dr Lu and his associates are wonderful and always explain everything in detail. They took time to answer all my questions and my surgery results look better than I anticipated.
-Nina Whittaker

Very friendly team, they are all very professional, it is a very clean facility. Dr.Leonard Lu does wonderful work. I am very happy with my results.

-Cynthia Brechel

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