Serving New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut (the mid Atlantic states)
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon Sheila A. Bond, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Sometimes, after a substantial weight loss, the body experiences a sagging of the skin in the abdomen as well as the waist and back. On these occasions, a tummy tuck is not enough to lift all of the loose skin and fat from all of the areas, and a full circumferential body lift is required.
A belt lipectomy, also known as a lower body lift or circumferential body lift offers the most dramatic transformation of the mid and lower body. It is truly a re-sculpting of the abdomen, hips, thighs, and buttocks. Broken into its components, the lower body lift can include a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), a lateral thigh lift, and a buttock lift. It will remove the excess rolls of skin and smooth and tighten the abdomen, waist and back.
The body lift procedure is usually performed on post bariatric patients or patients who have had a considerable weight loss and have excess skin. However, results are just as dramatic in patients who in addition to a tummy tuck want a tightening of the skin in their outer thighs, buttocks and back rolls. The body lift or circumferential body lift has the advantage that it can be done in one surgical session, or in stages, depending on the patients’ needs
Who are good Candidates?
Candidates for this surgery are those who have reached and maintained their goal weight, and are non-smokers in good health. To determine if you might be a good candidate for this procedure, Dr. Sheila Bond will meet with you to discuss your desired goals. She will then determine if your goals are realistic and doable.
The lower body lift is a procedure that emphasizes lifting and restoring normal contour to a patient’s thighs, abdomen and buttock areas. In the procedure, which is performed under general anesthesia, the excess unwanted skin of the stomach, outer thigh/hip, back /buttock areas is removed. Liposuction is then used to reduce excess fat in those areas. Then deep sutures are placed to anchor the tissue to their correct location to procedure pleasing contours. The skin closure is tailored to enhance the figure. More superficial dissolvable sutures are placed to close the incision and the patient is placed in a compression garment. Drains are used to remove excess fluid. All patients are given antibiotics to prevent infection and pain relievers for their comfort. These larger procedures often require an overnight hospital stay. As with our other surgeries, scar therapy begins at three weeks after surgery and we follow patients for one year.
In the recovery following the body lift procedure, patients should plan to be out of work for 3 to 4 weeks. A compression garment will be worn for 6 – 8 weeks and strenuous exercise should be avoided for several months. Although the scar is extensive, Dr. Sheila Bond will strategically place it, so that it will be hidden by most swimwear and undergarments, a small price to pay for a firmer, smoother, prettier middle.
If you feel this is a procedure you would like to explore we encourage you to call our office and make an appointment to meet with Dr. Sheila Bond. Call today (973) 509-0007.
We look forward to meeting you in person.