How Is A Belt Lipectomy Different From A Tummy Tuck?

Dr. Atul Kesarwani is the medical director of the Cosmedical Rejuvenation Clinic. As a board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Kesarwani has 30+ years of experience in the field. Read more about Dr. Kesarwani >

 

After major weight loss, an excess of redundant skin, stubborn fat and abdominal muscle separation can be expected in your mid-section. There are two procedures that can help reveal your leaner body: a tummy tuck and belt lipectomy (also known as a circumferential body lift).

Area of Focus

tummy tuck is a procedure that focuses on front and sides of your mid-section. A belt lipectomy, or circumferential body lift, does the same job, but covers the entire circumference of your lower torso. This means any loose skin around the hips, lower back, and buttocks are also taken care of. Both procedures deal with tightening of the underlying muscles.

When to Consider a Belt Lipectomy

The decision to have a body lift or a tummy tuck depends on what your body looks like after you’ve lost your weight. If the amount of weight lost is below one hundred pounds and your excess skin is in the front of your body, around your stomach and abs, then a tummy tuck is right for you.

A belt lipectomy is for people whose bodies have undergone a much larger weight change. This includes people that have lost over a hundred pounds, and whose weight was focused around their lower body.

Expected Results

After getting a tummy tuck, the skin around your stomach will become much flatter and tighter. The belt lipectomy will do the same, but tighten the skin all over the lower back and torso and pull up your buttocks and outer thighs. This means that your body will now have a fully toned look from every angle, not just the front.

Recovery

The amount of time it takes to recover from any surgery depends on the person, as well as the intensity of the operation. A belt lipectomy will require at least two weeks of rest before you are able to return to normal activities. Even then, you should avoid doing any kind of heavy lifting or strenuous exercises for several months.

Special undergarments and bandages will be placed on your body to minimize movement and provide support as you heal.

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