Belt Lipectomy, also known as the lower body lift, offers the most dramatic transformation of the mid and lower body. It is truly a re-sculpting of the abdomen, hips, thighs, and buttocks. Broken into its components, the lower body lift includes a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), thigh lift, and buttock lift. The body lift procedure is performed on post-bariatric patients as well as patients who have not had weight loss. The body lift transforms patients that have experienced a massive weight loss and have excess skin. Results are just as dramatic in patients who in addition to a tummy tuck want at tightening of the skin in their thighs and buttocks. The body lift (belt lipectomy) has the advantage that it can be done in one surgical session, or in stages, depending on the patient’s needs.
Are you a candidate?
To determine if you are a candidate, stand in front of a mirror and look at your abdomen. Use your thumb and palm of your hand to hold one edge of skin on your lower abdomen and then grasp the lower skin with all four fingers. If you don’t like how your skin tightens and the way your pubic mound lifts, you are a candidate for the abdominoplasty procedure.
Surgery: Excess skin and fat from the entire midsection of the body is removed. The skin closure is tailored to enhance the figure. The body lift procedure is done under general anesthesia. If your surgery is performed in the hospital, you can elect to have an overnight stay. If your procedure is performed outpatient, arrangements for an overnight nurse are highly recommended.
Recovery: Following the body lift procedure, patients should plan to be out of work for several weeks. Some patients can resume limited work functions after 2 weeks. A body lift is a major surgery and all recovery considerations and cautions mentioned for all other major surgeries should apply.