Weight fluctuations often leave patients with stretched, excess tissue that can be impossible to eliminate through diet and exercise. Body lift surgery, also known as “belt lipectomy,” is ideal for patients who have undergone massive weight loss. The body lift combines a hip lift with a tummy tuck and is designed to treat excess skin that has accumulated around the entire lower torso.
A body lift can help you achieve the more slender, toned midsection you desire by addressing excess tissue in the following areas:
- Lower back
- Upper buttocks
- Upper front thighs
Ideal candidates for a body lift are in overall good health with realistic expectations about the results they can achieve with the procedure. People seeking a body lift typically have poor skin elasticity that diet and exercise cannot correct, and they may experience discomfort due to this excess skin.
Body lift surgery is an outpatient procedure performed in a fully accredited ambulatory surgery facility using general anesthesia. Dr. Baker performs body lift surgery in two stages; he performs a tummy tuck first and performs a hip lift a few months later. This two-stage procedure helps facilitate an easier recovery and prevents the patient from being under anesthesia for a prolonged amount of time.
Dr. Baker makes an incision across the lower abdomen. Liposuction may be used to remove unwanted fat deposits. Stretched abdominal muscles are sutured together to restore muscle tone and create a firmer abdominal contour. Excess tissue is trimmed away, and the remaining skin is draped over the new contours.
Dr. Baker places incisions along the lower portion of the outer hips where they can easily be hidden by clothing or underwear. In some cases, the incision may extend along the lower back. Once the excess tissue is removed, the remaining skin is draped over the hips to highlight the new contour.
Dr. Baker personally cares for his patients in his office every two to three days for the first two weeks after surgery, beginning the first day after surgery. Thereafter, follow-up care is provided at weekly and monthly intervals until one year after surgery.
After each surgery, you will experience some bruising, swelling, and redness. You will wear a compression garment to help minimize swelling and facilitate healing. Most patients can return to work after two weeks depending on the physical demands of the job. Your physical activities will be limited for the first three weeks. Patients can return to their normal exercise routine after four to six weeks. At this time, you should notice a major reduction in swelling and can begin to see your final results.
Skin and fat are permanently eliminated from the abdomen, hips, back, and upper thighs. Your new contours should be long lasting. To maintain the best results possible, you should live a healthy lifestyle that includes diet and exercise. You should maintain a stable weight to prevent stretching your now taut, smooth skin.
If you are looking to improve the appearance of your silhouette, schedule your consultation with Dr. Stephan Baker today. Contact our office at 305.381.8837 or fill out our online contact form for additional information.