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The Belt Lipectomy Removes Excess Skin for a More Defined Figure

If you have excess sagging skin that persists across your lower body despite the exercise and dietary changes you make, a belt lipectomy, also known as a lower body lift, maybe the solution for you. This procedure can help you to redefine your figure and improve your contours. It can be used to improve the contours of your abdomen, thighs, and buttocks in one treatment.

How Does the Belt Lipectomy Work?

If you have recently lost a lot of weight, but your body has retained excess skin and additional fatty deposits, surgery may be the only option to get rid of it. A belt lipectomy is also sometimes referred to as circumferential abdominoplasty. It works like a tummy tuck in the sense that it removes excess fat and skin and tightens the remaining skin for a more toned look. The only difference is that a tummy tuck is limited to only the front part of the body whereas a belt lipectomy covers the entire lower region of the body.

Ideal Belt Lipectomy Candidates

The ideal candidates for a belt lipectomy are those who have:

  • Excess baggy skin around the tummy, hips, and lower back
  • Protruding bellies and hips that are covered with excess skin all around
  • Stubborn fat in the lower body that does not respond well to exercise and diet
  • Muscles that have lost their firmness due to surgery or trauma
  • A misshapen and puffy lower pubic area
  • An asymmetrical body that lacks proportion

The Procedure

The procedure is similar to an abdominoplasty, but the area covered is more extensive. The incision made is like a belt around your lower back. In this process, after removing excess tissues and skin, the upper skin and tissues are pulled down and the lower skin and tissues are pulled up, tightening the entire region. This includes the tummy, buttocks, waistline, thighs, hips, and back.

What to Expect During Recovery

The post-surgical mark from the incision will be located around the lowest possible part of the body. It is strategically placed to limit its visibility. The surgical marks will usually fade in 12 to 18 months. As for recovering from the surgery, it usually takes about two to three weeks for you to return to your normal routine life.

You may experience some discomfort immediately after the surgery, but it is manageable and will subside in time. It may take about a week for you to be able to walk normally. You should avoid heavy lifting or strenuous activities for at least six weeks. It will also take about six weeks for any bruising and swelling to subside and that is usually when the compression garment is allowed to be removed. However, this needs to be discussed in detail with your surgeon.

What to Expect After the Procedure

People who undergo this procedure can expect:

  • A smoother lower body with improved contours
  • A more proportionate and alluring body
  • A curvier waistline
  • A boost in confidence

Contact Our Office

Doctor Bivik Shah is a board-certified surgeon who has years of experience performing surgical procedures that help patients look their absolute best. If you’re interested in learning more about the procedure, contact our office today to schedule a consultation.