A belt lipectomy is like an extended tummy tuck which goes around the whole body and is also known as a lower body lift. It involves work not only on the abdomen but also the hips, thighs and buttocks. Put simply, it is a tummy tuck at the front and a buttock lift at the back.
What does a belt lipectomy involve?
A belt lipectomy is most commonly performed on people who have seen significant weight loss in the abdominal area and have an excess of sagging or loose skin in that area. A certain amount of skin is removed from both the front and the back to tighten the area and improve the general shape of your lower torso.
The best cosmetic surgeons such as Dr Kalpan describe a belt lipectomy a bit like pulling up droopy pants, giving the lower torso and abdomen area a general tighten up and therefore accentuating the shape of the body is a much better way.
A belt lipectomy is most commonly undertaken after significant weight loss (normally between 70lbs and 100lbs) in the abdomen and lower back area. For a lot of people this has been through diet and exercise and for others it has been through the fitting of a gastric band. The belt lipectomy is a relatively big surgical procedure so it is important that the patient is in good health to ensure that they can heal properly and quickly.
Before the Procedure
There is not much preparation needed on your part before the procedure is done. You will have an initial consultation where the doctor will discuss with you what you are hoping to achieve with your belt lipectomy. They will also assess your physical and mental health to ensure that you are suitable and ready for the procedure and check out your medical and surgical history.
The doctor will also check what medications that you are using and probably ask to you stop using blood thinning medication such as aspirin, ibuprofen and motrin.
Whilst Dr Kaplan is dedicated to providing the best service possible, it is important to be aware of possible complications resulting from a belt lipectomy. Possible complications include:
- Wound breakdown
- Change in sensation in the area
- Loss of skin
- Contour Irregularity
Of course, the healthier that you are in the first place, along with looking after yourself afterwards and allowing the wounds to heal properly, and of course taking the doctor’s advice and attending follow-up appointments, you will be far less likely to contract any of these complications.
A belt lipectomy is a relatively big procedure in the world of cosmetic surgery and this is why you should concentrate on getting one of the best and most experienced cosmetic surgeons – such as Dr Kaplan to carry it out for you. It is not a decision that should be made lightly as it will affect the rest of your life.
If you have recently achieved significant weight loss and thinking about a belt lipectomy to show of your great new figure, why not get in touch with Dr Kaplan’s team today?