The body lift procedure is
usually done on the patient who has recently lost a large
amount of weight, often following a weight-loss
procedure, but may be appropriate for anyone who
has lost a lot of weight.
surgical procedure is an extension of an abdominoplasty,
in that the incision is continued around the posterior
Often referred to as a “belt
lipectomy.” In contrast to the abdominoplasty,
which tightens the abdominal skin in
a downward direction, the direction of
pull in the posterior part of the surgery
is upward, thereby lifting the buttocks
and outer thighs. The procedure
also removes excess fat and skin of the
back, hips and flanks, that can be resistant
to diet and exercise.
Body-lift can be done
as a single procedure or in two
separate surgeries. This
is most commonly done as a single procedure,
which addresses both front and back.
The abdominoplasty is done first,
and at a later surgery, the posterior
lift is carried out. Although a single
procedure is more convenient , patients
should understand that two separate
procedures may have certain advantages. This
two-stage approach can be safer, with
an easier recovery (or easier recoveries), and result in reduced hospitalization.
As with any other plastic
surgery, a body-lift is not a “routine”
procedure and must be individualized. To
obtain information and recommendations
specific to your individual situation, it
is imperative to have a consultation
with a surgeon certified by the American
Board of Plastic Surgery.
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