Correct sagging skin around the abdomen, outer thighs, buttocks, hips, and waist. Also known as a Lower Body Lift, Belt Lipectomy removes a circumferential wedge of tissue. Incisions extend completely around the body to remove a "belt" of excess skin and fat. The procedure eliminates the hanging apron of skin and fat and tightens up the underlying muscle wall, which is very similar to what is accomplished in a tummy tuck. Excess tissues located in the back and sides are removed and liposuction of the thighs is performed.
Length: 1-2 hours or more. UAL: 20-40% longer.
Anesthesia: Usually general.
Recovery: Back to work: 1-2 weeks.
More strenuous activity: 2-4 weeks.
Full recovery: 1-6 months or more. Use of tumescent technique or UAL may decrease post-operative bruising and swelling.
Duration of Results: Permanent with sensible diet and exercise.
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