A lower body lift, also known as a belt lipectomy, is a procedure to raise and reshape unsightly, sagging body contours. During the aging process, skin loses some elasticity, causing the mid-section to lose its natural shape and firmness. This procedure is designed to remove loose skin and related fat deposits, thus, providing a more youthful appearance. A body lift can be applied to the lower torso and upper legs including the abdomen, waist, inner/outer thighs, buttocks, and/or hips. Liposuction may also be completed in conjunction with a body lift.
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The precise procedure varies with each patient, depending on the body type and desired surgical outcome. Generally speaking, the lower body lift procedure entails making an incision along the belt-line completely around the waist and lower back. Excess skin is then removed, followed by the underlying fat deposits. Finally, the skin is pulled taught and sutured into the new configuration improving the contour of the abdomen, flanks, outer thighs, lower back, and buttocks. The entire procedure can last from 4 to 6 hours. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia.
Generally, post-operative instructions require no heavy lifting or strenuous activity in order to speed up the healing process and recovery time. Early ambulation is beneficial and encouraged. Bandages are applied right after surgery to minimize swelling and provide support. Drainage tubes are often placed to drain excess fluids. The scars resulting from the incisions are permanent but are carefully placed so as to minimize visibility. Patients sometimes report pain associated with surgery which can be treated with oral medication. At least an overnight hospital stay is usually scheduled after surgery. Recovery time varies with the extent of the procedure. While complications are rare, patients can minimize potential problems by carefully following the directions that are given after the surgery.