A lower body lift, also called a “belt lipectomy”, is a procedure used on men to reshape the abdomen, flanks, buttocks, and thighs. This procedure is significantly more complex than a tummy-tuck alone, as it addresses other areas in addition to the abdomen.
As the male body changes with time, the skin loses elasticity and characteristic changes in body shape occur. Typical changes occurring in the central abdomen and flank regions.
This procedure is designed to remove excess or sagging skin and fat around the mid-body region. A body lift restores a more youthful appearance and a more appealing body contour. Liposuction may also be performed in conjunction with a body lift to further sculpt the mid-section.
Reasons to choose a body lift
- Massive weight loss resulting in excess skin around the mid-section.
- Correct sagging skin and fat as a result of the aging process.
- Correct stretching skin after weight gain.
There are many components to consider prior to deciding to undergo a body lift. These depend significantly on each individual patient and what they would benefit from the most taking into account their specific body habitus. On initial consultation, the doctor will discuss what your “concern areas” are and will address each accordingly. In general, the incision is made completely around the waist, excess skin and fat are removed, and the upper thigh, buttocks and abdominal skin are redraped and sutured back together. There is an incision around the belly button, and multiple suction drains may be placed during surgery. The procedure can take up to 6-8 hours depending on the extent of surgery which is tailored to meet each individual’s specific needs.
After surgery, you will be required to wear supportive garments while you are recovering. These garments are left on for several weeks, and only removed for showering and cleaning the garments. Supportive garments are worn to minimize bruising and swelling after surgery, they also help to support the healing wounds. Pain is controlled with oral pain medications. Recovery time varies with the extent of the procedure. Patients are encouraged to ambulate the day after surgery, and are usually up and about 7-10 days later. Most are able to return to work full time after about two weeks. It may still take up to two months to fully recover. While complications are infrequent, patients can minimize potential problems by following the post-surgical instructions specified by your surgeon.