For patients who have undergone excessive weight loss a Belt Lipectomy procedure may be performed. It is basically an extended version of an Abdominoplasty or ‘tummy tuck’. As well as the removal of sagging skin around the abdominal area, it is also removed from around the waist. The remaining skin is then lifted to give a tighter, firmer appearance.
A short stay in hospital will be required and results should be visible within a couple of weeks once the bruising and swelling has subsided.
Am I suitable candidate for a belt lipectomy?
The belt lipectomy procedure is generally desired by people who have undertaken significant weight loss in the abdomen and lower back area. If you have a reduced weight (more than 100 pounds) or people with moderate excess 'hanging' weight in the lower body parts (stomach area, outer thighs, hips, back and buttocks) than this may be a suitable procedure for you although a consultation with the surgeon will be required.
Will I have noticeable scars after belt lipectomy surgery?
A belt lipectomy entails a circumferential abdominoplasty meaning that the incision encircles the entire circumference of the patience torso (more extensive than a Tummy-Tuck). Scarring will be visible. Our aftercare service helps greatly in the healing process and minimises noticeable scarring.
Will I see permanent results?
The belt lipectomy surgery is permanent provided you maintain a healthy diet and regular exercise.
How much inch loss can I lose?
Inch loss post belt lipectomy surgery depends on the amount of fat deposit and skin laxity removed. Generally this type of lower body lift procedure translates to 6 inch loss (2-4 dress sizes different) based on the circumferential measurement.
What precautions need to be taken when travelling a long haul flight after belt lipectomy surgery?
You will need to wear compression stockings in order to prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis as well as take regular 5 minute walks up and down the aisle. We also suggest regularly raising the heals of your feet from the floor with toes pointing upright. Furthermore drink plenty of water.