Belt Lipectomy – Circumferential Abdominoplasty for Excess Skin Removal after Massive Weight loss in Melbourne
- Have you lost a significant amount of weight?
- Do you have rolls of excess skin around your middle?
- Do you want a more flattering body contour to make exercising easier?
What is a Belt Lipectomy?
A belt lipectomy, also known as circumferential abdominoplasty, 360 abdo or possibly a lower body lift, is a plastic surgery procedure whose main objective is to remove the loose skin and fat around the waist or “beltline.” In other words, the target area for this procedure is the entire lower torso/body. The procedure is most suitable for persons who have lost a significant amount of weight and have loose skin as a result. With precise preoperative planning and marking, a simple surgical technique with minimal liposuction circular abdominoplasty can be a reliable and safe procedure with low complication rates, studies show.
Am I a candidate for belt lipectomy?
The 360 abdominoplasty procedure is most suitable for anyone who has excess skin and fat in the midsection after a significant weight loss of 70 or even 100lbs or more (31-45kg), weight-loss surgery, and pregnancy. Carrying excess fat and skin in the midsection has a negative impact on confidence and self-esteem. But the consequences of this problem go beyond self-consciousness and appearance. Excess skin and fat are associated with health risks and problems such as rashes, swelling, and ulcers that may lead to an infection.
To be eligible for belt lipectomy, you need to be at a relatively stable weight and physically healthy. If you’re a smoker, you will need to quit smoking for at least four weeks before the lower body lift and remain smoke-free until surgical results have been achieved. The reason is simple; smoking interferes with the body’s healing process.
What are the benefits of belt lipectomy?
Advantages of belt lipectomy include:
- More streamlined body
- More comfort
- Improved hygiene
- Tighter lower abdomen and improved contour
- Confidence boost
- Improved body image
- Flatter stomach
What can I expect during belt lipectomy?
The corset body lift is usually performed in an inpatient setting, i.e., you may need to spend the night in the clinic or hospital. In most cases, general anesthesia is required, but in some instances, the surgeon may opt for spinal anesthesia.
The procedure generally starts with a patient resting on the stomach. Then, the surgeon makes a cut where the buttocks and lower back come together. During this time, the surgeon removes excess skin or fat from the back, hips, and buttocks. Then, the patient rests on the back while the surgeon treats the abdominal area.
Generally speaking, the procedure lasts three and a half to five hours.
When you wake up, you will have a small, thin tube underneath the skin to drain fluid. Dressings or bandages will cover the incision. Pain after the procedure is normal, and you can treat it with pain relievers. Before you leave home, the surgeon will inform you about proper care for a successful recovery and optimal results of body lift.
Recovery after belt lipectomy
A belt lipectomy is one of the procedures that require a significant recovery time. The exact recovery time varies from one person to another. Most people need about two to three weeks before they can start performing light activities. Generally speaking, it may take about two months to feel fully recovered.
During the recovery time, you will need to wear a binder around the abdomen and back for six weeks. First few weeks of post-op, it’s useful to have someone who will help you with day-to-day tasks, especially if you have children. Limiting movement is necessary for recovery in addition to regular care for the incision. You see, if you expose the wound to too much force, the healing will slow down. If you work, make sure to plan at least two weeks off.
You will see the results of the surgery immediately, but it will take a few months to recover and truly appreciate the body contour.
Never avoid follow-up appointments. The first appointment is in 14 days post-op to remove dressings. The surgeon will, then, instruct you when to come to a check-up again. It’s usually six weeks and three months post-op. During the follow-up appointments, the surgeon checks whether the wound is healing properly and whether complications occurred.
The surgery leaves a scar on the stomach. Dr Barnett attempts to limit the scarring to areas that can be covered and thereby ensure it’s not visible in public. It can take up to two years for the scar to heal and fade.
Planning your belt lipectomy patient journey
Your truncal abdominoplasty journey starts with an appointment at Dr Barnett’s office. During the initial consultation, you have the opportunity to get informed and ask all questions about the procedure. This is the perfect time to address your concerns. The initial consultation usually addresses your expectations and desired outcomes. Dr Barnett will also ask you about your previous medical conditions, whether you have drug allergies, or if you’ve undergone certain medical treatments. You should also inform the doctor if you’re taking any prescription medications or over-the-counter supplements.
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Risks and complications
Even though circumferential tummy tuck is a safe procedure, it comes with certain risks. They include:
- Absence of desired results and the need for another surgery to fix it
- Anaesthesia problems
- Blood clots in legs which may travel to the lungs (pulmonary embolism)
- Heavy bleeding
- Nerve damage
- Slow wound healing
Breakdown of the suture line above the buttocks is a potential complication of the procedure. This happens due to the patient’s tendency to bend at the waist when performing normal hygiene, thus straining the suture and tearing it apart. As a result, a scar in this area may become wider.
The likelihood of experiencing risks and complications of belt lipectomy depends on your age, health status, how much weight you lost, and the amount of skin to be removed. Learn more about general risks and complications of surgery
Associated Skin Reduction Surgeries
A belt lipectomy is often combined with other procedures such as liposuction or an arm, breast, and facelift.
How much is a Belt lipectomy?– is it worth it?
For men and women who have achieved significant weight loss belt lipectomy is the best solution to address excess skin in the lower abdominal area. While it is an extensive surgical procedure, the risk of complications is low while advantages are numerous. Of course, your decision matters the most, but for many patients, belt lipectomy is a life-changing procedure.
Each surgery is customised to each patient and may vary depending on the amount of skin to remove. Please contact the clinic to find out a rough price range or find our more.
Will Medicare or Private Health cover a Belt Lipectomy or 360 Abdo?
If you meet the strict criteria, you may be eligible for a Medicare rebate and eligible for Private Health Insurance. please read the blog on Medicare for Belt lipectomy
What Age do I have to be for a Belt Lipectomy? – how old or how young?
A belt lipectomy is not performed on persons who are younger than 18. The maximum age limit isn’t defined as it all comes down to your health status.
Belt Lipectomy FAQs
What is the difference between a belt lipectomy and a tummy tuck?
- Regular abdominoplasty stops at a patient’s hip bones whereas extended abdominoplasty carries out the incision further to get more tissue around the hips. On the other hand, belt lipectomy involves treated the entire beltline i.e. going all the way around the torso. It doesn’t limit itself to the abdomen, but also hips/lateral thighs, back, and buttocks. In belt lipectomy, a tummy tuck is one component only.
What is lipectomy surgery?
- Lipectomy is a term that refers to the surgical procedure that removes fat and skin. In the case of belt lipectomy, the surgery removes fat and skin around the waist or belt line.
How should I sleep after lipectomy belt?
- When you go home after the surgery, you will need to sleep with the head of the bed elevated and knees bent for 24 hours. You can also elevate your head with four to five pillows under the upper body. Make sure to continue sleeping with the upper body elevated at a 45-degree angle for at least four weeks post-op.
What is a belt lipectomy with a butterfly lift?
- Butterfly lift is a minimally-invasive procedure that restores volume to the face and improves skin quality by relying on the patient’s own fat cells. A combination of the two would imply transferring fat obtained from the belt area to tighten your face, for example.
Is belt lipectomy the same as liposuction?
- To perform liposuction, the surgeon uses a device such as a cannula to extract fat. Belt lipectomy requires bigger incisions, and it also removes excess skin.
How long does it take to heal from a body lift?
- It may take six weeks to return to normal activities. Recovery and healing time may vary from person to person.
What is a 360 lower-body lift?
- The 360 lower-body lift involves the removal of excess fat and skin around the entire waistline, back, and abdomen. The goal is to tighten the abdomen and reshape or tone the midsection and lower back area.
What are the dos and don’ts after belt lipectomy?
- Adhere to the surgeon’s instructions
- Get help and support.
- Take it easy
- Eat a well-balanced diet.
- Wear a binder as recommended by the surgeon
- Keep incisions dry
- Force yourself to move too much
- Worry about scarring
How long after belt lipectomy can I stand up straight?
- Some people can stand up straight without feeling pain two weeks after the surgery. Always remember the path of recovery is individualised.
Does belt lipectomy lift your thighs?
- Yes, belt lipectomy can lift outside of your thighs.
What is the difference between a tummy tuck and a lower-body lift?
- A tummy tuck focuses on the area around the navel, and its main location is the abdomen only. Lower-body lift involves waistline, back, and even a patient’s buttocks and thighs.
What is a lower-body lift procedure?
- A lower-body lift procedure is a type of surgery that removes excess skin from the outer thighs and buttocks. Also bear in mind that belt lipectomy is oftentimes called a lower-body lift, but it also includes the lower abdominal area and hips.
Why do I need a belt lipectomy?
The most common reasons behind the need for belt lipectomy are down to substantial weight loss. Some people lose a significant amount of weight and need to get rid of excess skin and fat to truly enjoy their results. Others need belt lipectomy after a successful weight-loss surgery. Also, some pregnant women may also undergo the procedure when they’re unable to tone and tighten the beltline.
Excess skin creates folds which may cause various problems, including:
- Difficulty urinating
- Difficulty walking
- Hygiene problems
- Low self-esteem
- Swelling, rash, and/or ulcers that can lead to infection
- The trouble with sexual activity
Avoiding Non-surgical alternatives to a Belt Lipectomy
Despite several options, a great non-surgical alternative for belt lipectomy doesn’t exist. For many people, the amount of excess or loose skin is too significant, and non-surgical skin tightening treatments aren’t strong enough to take care of that. Also, their potential effectiveness is still temporary. A Belt lipectomy poses as the best long-term solution for the removal of excess skin in this particular area.
Further reading and Medical References on Belt Lipectomy
- Belt Lipectomy – University of Rochester Medical Center
- Belt lipectomy for circumferential truncal excess: the University of Iowa experience – Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
- Body lift – International Society of Anaesthetic Plastic Surgeons
Finding the best surgeon for your Belt lipectomy
Dr Barnett is a specialist plastic and reconstructive surgeon with an impressive career. Complex plastic surgeries such as body lift procedures after massive weight loss are among Dr Barnett’s specialties. Patients love Dr Barnett’s down-to-earth approach and professionalism. Above all, they appreciate Dr Barnett truly cares for their wellbeing and the results they want to achieve with a certain procedure.