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Belt Lipectomy

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Do you have sagging skin on your lower body that makes you feel unhappy with your appearance? If you have lost a lot of weight naturally or with bariatric surgery, you may benefit from a belt lipectomy. This is a surgery that removes excess skin and fat from your lower belly, back, hips, thighs, and buttocks. It can give you a smooth, tight, and slim lower body that matches your weight loss. With a belt lipectomy, you can lose up to 25 pounds of skin and fat and drop six to eight inches in your pant size. Dr. Bivik Shah, a Columbus surgeon, is an expert in belt lipectomy and uses the latest techniques to ensure the best results and the lowest risks.
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Belt Lipectomy Candidates

To find out if you are a good candidate for a belt lipectomy, you can schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Shah. He will assess your condition and goals, and explain the procedure, the recovery, and the risks. He will also show you how to use a mirror technique to see how your lower body will look after the surgery.

If you are ready to transform your lower body after weight loss, contact Dr. Shah at the Columbus Institute of Plastic Surgery in Ohio. He will be glad to help you achieve your best shape.


A belt lipectomy is a skin reduction surgery that removes excess skin and fat from the lower body. It can improve your shape and contour after significant weight loss, such as from bariatric surgery.


The surgery takes about four to five hours and requires general anesthesia. You will need to stay in the hospital for one or two nights. The recovery time varies, but most people can resume light activity in two to three weeks and feel fully recovered in two months.


You will need to wear a binder around your belly and back for six weeks to support the healing process. You will also have bolsters and drains attached to your incisions to prevent fluid accumulation and infection. You will be able to walk, lie down, and sit for short periods, but you will need someone to help you with daily tasks for the first few weeks. You should avoid any strenuous movements that could stress the incisions.


A belt lipectomy will result in a firmer and smoother lower body, but it will also leave some scars. The main incision will be around your waistline, and sometimes another incision will be in the middle of your belly. Some patients may already have a vertical scar from their gastric bypass surgery. The scars will fade over time, but they will not disappear completely. However, most patients are very satisfied with their new appearance and improved quality of life. See real patient results below (*gallery contains nudity – viewer discretion advised*)


As with any major surgery, there are some risks and complications associated with a belt lipectomy. These include infection, bleeding, blood clots, incision separation, skin necrosis, and poor wound healing. To minimize these risks, you should choose a qualified and experienced surgeon, such as Dr. Bivik Shah of the Columbus Institute of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Shah and his staff are experts in belt lipectomy and bariatric surgery and will provide you with the best care and attention.


If you are interested in a belt lipectomy, please contact us for a consultation. We will provide you with all the information you need to prepare for the surgery and the recovery. We will also discuss the potential risks and benefits of the procedure and answer any questions you may have. Dr. Shah and his staff serve patients from Dayton, Columbus, and all over Ohio. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you achieve your goals.

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