What is Lower Body Lifting?
Aging, sun damage, pregnancy, significant fluctuations in weight and genetic factors contribute to poor tissue elasticity that can result in sagging skin in areas below the waistline.
Belt lipectomy or trunkal body lift combines tummy tuck, thigh and buttock lift to remove loose hanging skin and fat from around the waist or “belt” line of an individual. Sometimes during a lower body lift the fat in the mid-section is transferred to restore the flattened buttocks and boost its appearance to a more youthful and projecting shape.
Who is a good candidate?
You are a good candidate for a tummy tuck if:
• You have relatively large areas of loose skin and/or sagging fat around waist, buttocks, and belly
• Your skin has lost its elasticity
• Your weight loss has been stabilized
• You are not planning to conceive in the future
• You are otherwise healthy and do not have a serious illness or medical condition that may impair the healing
• You are a Non-smoker or can abstain from smoking for at least three weeks before and after the surgery
• You have a positive outlook, with a clear and realistic vision of what you want the procedure do for you
• You are willing to keep up with a healthy lifestyle to keep the results of your procedure last long.
Body lifts are not intended strictly for the removal of excess fat. They should not replace diet and exercise in your attempts to lose weight Losing a significant amount of weight after a body lifting procedure may compromise the outcomes of the surgery and leave you with loose skin once again. Therefore it is recommended that you get within 15 lbs of your ideal weight “before” undergoing a body lifting surgery. Talk to your cosmetic surgeon to find out if body lifting is the right procedure for you and learn about alternative procedures available to you.
A lower body lift is typically performed under general anesthesia but spinal anesthesia is also an option. It takes between Three and a half to five hours to complete.
Loose skin cannot be removed without leaving scars, and body contouring often means long incisions that result in long scars. In the case of lower body lift procedure typically a tummy tuck incision is completely extended around the lower torso to allow excess skin and fat tissue to be removed. If the surgeons find it advantageous the abdomen macules may be tightened and sutured in place for a flatter shapelier abdomen.
After the excess fat and skin are removed the incision is stitched, bandaged and covered with a compression garment. Incision length and pattern depend on the amount and location of excess skin to be removed. Your surgeon will use advanced techniques to place the incisions in strategic locations that would be concealed by most types of clothing and swimwear.
During your consultation, the plastic surgeon will discuss with you the type of scars you will get. The scars will fade over time, but they are permanent and their width, height, and final color are unpredictable.
You may return home immediately after the surgery if you have access to the necessary post operation nursing and caretaking. After your procedure Small, thin tubes may be placed through tiny incisions below the main incision site to drain any excess blood or fluid. Dressings or bandages may be applied to your incision and you may be asked to wear a compression garment or binder for 4-6 weeks. This minimizes swelling and helps to avoid fluid buildup and supports your body as it heals following surgery and habituates to its new shape.
You cannot go back to work for at least two weeks after which you may start working from home. You will have to restrict normal activity for 4-6 weeks. Complication rates are low provided that proper pre-operative and post-operative instructions, especially those about walking, are followed. It is best to give yourself adequate time to recover to get the full benefit of this life-changing surgery.
Swellings will lessen in a matter of weeks and will disappear in a few months. The results of body lift surgery are visible almost immediately. However, it may take two years or more for the final results of the body lift procedures to fully develop. Scars are permanent but should fade and flatten anywhere from three months to one year after surgery.
Though infrequent, complications may include. Fluid retention or excessive loss of blood and fluids,accumulation of blood and/or fluids under the skin(hematoma and seroma), infection, reaction to anesthesia medications, pulmonary embolism (a blood clot that travels to the lung), scarring (keloids), numbness or other changes in skin sensation, damage to underlying structures, or the need for a second reversionary operation persistent pain.
Hematoma and Seroma may require intervention to drain the blood or serum that is accumulated under the skin. There may be complications with the healing of the wound after surgery which may be exacerbated for smokers. All the possible risks will be discussed with you in your consultation appointment and before your surgery.