A lower body lift, also known as a belt lipectomy, is a cosmetic surgical procedure to remove excess fat and skin tissue from the abdomen, lower back, hips, thighs and buttocks. As we age, common factors such as gravity, weight fluctuations and/or pregnancy can cause our skin to lose its elasticity.
Ideal candidates for this procedure are those suffering from loose or sagging lower body skin. A lower body lift can provide dramatic results for patients looking to improve cellulite, increase firmness and rejuvenate their overall body contour.
Surgical body contouring takes between five and six hours and is performed under general anesthesia. The surgical incisions start in the lower back area then move forward to the abdomen and downwards through the hips and thighs.
Excess fatty tissue is removed and the skin is pulled upwards and then closed with layered sutures. It is common for your surgeon to place drainage tubes at the incision sites to collect excess fluids.
Generally, after a body lift, patients go to an aftercare facility and return home the next day. Compression garments are applied to control post-operative swelling and minimize bruising.
Patients often require nurse assistance to sit up within 24 hours of the procedure, but are encouraged to walk in their hospital suite the day after surgery. Your doctor can prescribe various forms of pain medication while in the hospital and oral pain medication upon discharge.
Recovery times vary among patients as individual anatomy and procedures differ. Surgical drains are removed in about two weeks. If absorbable sutures were not used, then suture removal occurs approximately two weeks post surgery at an outpatient doctor visit.
Full healing of incisions takes about four weeks. The activity level should be minimal during the first month. However, depending on the occupation, patients can return to work after two weeks. Normal activity can resume after five to six weeks.
What is a Body Lift procedure?
A Body Lift, also known as a Belt Lipectomy, is a plastic surgery procedure designed to restore a beautiful contour to the torso, through the elimination of excess skin and fatty tissue.
How is the Body Lift performed?
To begin the Body Lift, Dr. Kessler will make a circumferential incision around the belt-line (above the buttocks, around the abdomen and lower back). Through this incision, he will remove excess skin and fat from the abdomen, lower back, and hips. Dr. Kessler may include Liposuction at this point. He will then reposition the muscles and tissues to a taut, smooth contour; suturing the incisions for proper healing.
Who is a good candidate?
Both men and women, in good health, with reasonable surgical expectations, can make an excellent Body Lift candidate.
Where is the procedure performed?
Dr. Kessler performs his procedures at the Starpoint Surgery Center or an area hospital. The Body Lift will require a one to two night hospital stay, to increase a patient’s comfort level.
What type of anesthesia is used?
General anesthesia will be used during a Body Lift procedure.
How long does the procedure take?
A Body Lift will take between four and six hours to complete.
What can I expect during the recovery from a Body Lift procedure?
Patients should expect their recovery time from a Body Lift to take between two and three weeks. Initially, patients will experience a moderate level of discomfort. Dr. Kessler will prescribe appropriate pain medications to keep patients resting comfortably at home. Swelling, bruising, and temporary numbness may also occur; these will resolve over the next several weeks.
A compression garment will be needed for the first few weeks; this reduces swelling, as well as promotes proper healing. Drain tubes will reduce the fluid level. Strenuous activities and exercise should wait for four to six weeks after the Body Lift procedure.
When can I return to work afterward?
Patients generally feel well enough to return to work ten to fourteen days after a Body Lift procedure.
Will there be scarring after my Body Lift?
Yes, there will be a visible scar after a Body Lift. This will run circumferentially around the body. While this will fade somewhat over the years, it will remain visible, although the scar can be well concealed under clothing.
What are the risks involved?
A Body Lift procedure is considered extremely safe. As it is an invisible procedure, there remains the risk for complications. These can include scarring, excessive bleeding, improper wound healing, and infection.
Is financing available?
Medical financing is available through CareCredit. Patients are encouraged to call Kessler Plastic Surgery for more information, or visit carecredit.com to apply online. Dr. Kessler also accepts cash and all major credit cards.