Lower Body Lift
In one procedure, the sagging skin of the abdomen, outer thighs, buttocks, hips, and waist is corrected. Incisions extend completely around the body to remove a “belt” of excess skin and fat. Another common name for this procedure is a “belt lipectomy.”
When people gain a lot of weight they usually deposit their fat around their entire lower trunk, which involves the front, sides and back starting from just below the ribs to the pelvic region. When they lose the weight they end up with a lot of excess fat and skin that is most obvious in the front, often looking like an apron that will hang to varying degrees. However the hanging excess does not stop in the front, and most often it will continue on to the sides and the back involving the outer thighs, lower back, and buttocks regions. This type of problem is called circumferential excess.
To treat circumferential excess of the lower trunk in the massive weight loss patient, a lower body lift/belt lipectomy is most often employed. In this procedure, a wedge of tissue that goes around the lower aspect of the lower trunk is removed to treat the entire region so that the greatest amount of improvement can be attained. Although a tummy tuck/abdominoplasty, a procedure where only the front of the belly area is reduced, can be used in some massive weight loss patients, the results are often less than ideal because the sides and back are not adequately addressed.
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