If you feel a wonderful sense of achievement after having lost a lot of weight, but you’ve been left with loose, baggy skin in the midsection, a belt lipectomy can improve your appearance. A belt lipectomy is a tummy tuck that extends all around the body. The procedure involves the removal of fat and skin from the entire circumference of the waistline.
A belt lipectomy helps people who have undergone massive weight loss experience optimal benefits, by removing excess skin along the central area of the body. This includes the abdomen, flanks, and back.
A belt lipectomy is done under general anesthesia in a hospital, and lasts for about 4 to 5 hours. The surgeon will first remove fat from the posterior buttocks and the lower back area, and then move on to the abdominal area. There will therefore be a circular scar in the mid-body region.
What to Expect After Surgery
After surgery, patients are required to wear a binder around the abdomen and back, for at least 6 weeks. Patients should get as much rest as possible during the first few weeks, but can walk and sit for brief periods. Bending at the waist should be avoided for at least 4 weeks. Light activity can be resumed after 2 to 3 weeks. Full recovery takes about 2 months.
Patients who undergo belt lipectomy are at risk for infection and bleeding. They should take the time to understand these risks, and be aware of how they can be minimized.
If you have undergone dramatic weight loss that has left you with a lot of excess skin around the middle, you can benefit from a belt lipectomy. Dr. Abdalla Bandak, Charleston, West Virginia, has used this procedure to help many patients transform their lower body.
Call 304-925-4665 today for a consultation.