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Please contact our office at 256-571-VIPS (8477) and any of our team members will be happy to schedule an appointment at a time that is convenient for you.
Yes. There is a $100 consult fee that can be applied to the total cost of your Lower Body Lift.
Dr. Vinyard values the time spent in consultation with each patient and the communication that occurs during your visit here. You can expect that he will spend quite a bit of time with you himself. Initially, you will be greeted with a smile by our receptionist who will offer you something to drink and provide you with the necessary paperwork to complete. You can now enter your own demographic information and medical health history at the convenience of your own home through our state-of-the-art SAFE Internet-based Patient Portal on our website.Then, you will be escorted upstairs to our new patient floor and into a consultation room. Once there, you will be oriented about your visit with us and escorted to the professional photography suite. There, you will have a 2-D photo taken. Next, our nurse or patient care coordinator will take your detailed health history. Once she has conveyed this information to Dr. Vinyard, he will then begin your lower body lift consultation which will consist of an analysis and conversation about your concerns, a physical exam, and commence with a detailed discussion of your options. Lastly, you will meet with the patient care coordinator who will explain your quote to you. This quote is designed based on the plan that you and Dr. Vinyard have decided upon together.
Please allow 1- 1 ½ hours with Dr. Vinyard for your lower body lift consultation. This is a vital part of the beginning of your journey with us.
Your lower body lift will be performed in either of the Marshall Medical Centers hospitals of your choice. Dr. Vinyard has hospital privileges at both Marshall Medical Center North near Arab, Alabama and Marshall Medical Center South located in Boaz, Alabama. Therefore, you may choose the location where you would feel the most comfortable. If your procedure is staged (separating the abdominoplasty and buttock lift into different procedure dates) your lower body lift procedure can be performed in Dr. Vinyard's state-of-the-art Cosmetic Surgery Center in Guntersville, Alabama.
General anesthesia is required for a lower body lift procedure.
This procedure takes 6-8 hours to complete if performed in one surgery. A lower body lift combines 2 large procedures including an abdominoplasty and a buttock lift. You will be positioned in 2 separate positions to complete each portion of the procedure which adds additional time for positioning. If the lower body lift is staged (separating the abdominoplasty and buttock lift into separate procedure dates), the abdominoplasty and buttock lift procedures can each be expected to take 3-4 hours.
Multiple procedures are performed during a lower body lift. Therefore, it is not indicated to add any additional procedures during this surgery.
No. Dr. Vinyard will require that you spend the night in one of the Marshall Medical Centers hospitals so that the nursing staff can monitor you over night. Dr. Vinyard will visit you in the hospital the following morning and discharge you to the comfort of your home at that point.
Dr. Vinyard will require that you spend the night in one of the Marshall Medical Centers hospitals so that the nursing staff can monitor you over night. Dr. Vinyard will visit you in the hospital the following morning and discharge you to the comfort of your home at that point.
A lower body lift will take some time to recover from considering that you have undergone 2 extensive cosmetic procedures at one time. It is best to plan to take at least 2 weeks off from work. At that time, you may return to sedentary work. You will be required to avoid heavy lifting and repetitive motions for at least 1 month. Most patients return to all regular activities in 6-8 weeks.
Bruising can persist for up to 3 weeks following a lower body lift. You will be wearing a compression garment that will provide support and reduce the swelling. Your clothing will easily conceal the bruising.
The majority of the swelling will be gone at 6 weeks post lower body lift. At 3 months following your lower body lift procedure, we take your first official "post-op" photos. The swelling should be gone by this time.
At 3 months you will be very close to your final results from your lower body lift. At this point, we will take your first official "post-op" photos. You may experience the majority of the swelling the first few weeks and will mostly be resolved by 6 weeks. However, your scars will continue to fade for up to 2 years following your surgery.
Dr. Vinyard likes to keep a close watch on all of his patients. After your lower body lift you will see him in the hospital the morning after your surgery then at 1 week, 2 weeks, 3 weeks, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months, and 1 year.
The cost of your lower body lift procedure will be determined by the amount of time expected to complete the combined procedures. Once you come in for a consultation with Dr. Vinyard, you will be provided with a detailed quote that day for review.
The total cost of your lower body lift procedure includes Dr. Vinyard's professional fee, facility fee, anesthesia fee, and surgical garment. Dr. Vinyard's professional fee includes your initial consultation, your pre-op visit and all follow-up visits.
Since a lower body lift is considered a cosmetic procedure and not covered by insurance, all fees are due 2 weeks prior to your surgery and the initial 50% is due 4 weeks prior to your surgery.
Usually insurance will not cover the cost of a lower body lift since it is considered cosmetic. However, when discussing the abdomen insurance may pre-authorize a panniculectomy (this is the removeal of excess redundant skin of the abdomen). This does not address the transposition of the belly button, repair of the abdominal musculature, or elevation of the skin flap required to achieve the repair. Therefore, the majority of the lower body lift is not paid by your insurance. Pre-authorization by your insurance carrier does not guarantee your insurance carrier will pay for the panniculectomy portion of the procedure.
Yes. Our practice participates with CareCredit although we do not directly finance any procedures. You may also want to research options through your bank of choice. We also accept all major credit cards including VISA, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express.