Body Lift

Body Lift – Body Lipectomy – Belt Lift

If you’re considering plastic surgery to eliminate excess skin and fat that gathers around the arms and throughout the abdomen to the waist following dramatic weight loss, you’ve probably encountered a number of terms: body lift, belt lipectomy, lower body lift, body lipectomy, circumferential body lift, etc.

Body lift is a general term that applies to complementary procedures designed to restore proportion, skin tone and contours to problem areas after major weight loss. Body lifts are popular among those who have undergone bariatric surgery. The plastic surgeons at Precision Medical Arts will discuss a custom body lift plan with you based on your individual needs.

Areas Addressed by a Body Lift

Body lifts remove loose folds of skin and fatty deposits that linger after losing weight and that don’t dissipate with positive changes in diet and exercise. Body lifts commonly focus on the following regions, where excess tissue tends to gather:

  • Abdomen
  • Buttocks
  • Groin
  • Thighs

The upper arms are also magnets for sagging skin. In some cases, an arm lift—or brachioplasty—may be performed in conjunction with a body lift.

Procedures Involved in a Body Lift

A body lift employs multiple procedures to achieve a uniform, natural-looking effect. These procedures may include:

  • Abdominoplasty: Also known as a tummy tuck, an abdominoplasty addresses the loose skin around the midsection
  • Liposuction: Liposuction removes fat deposits and provides smooth contours
  • Thigh lift: A thigh lift eliminates the loose skin around the thighs and buttocks, and tones the upper legs and hips

Every patient is unique, and so is each body lift procedure. Your plastic surgeon will discuss your individual options with you in detail during your consultation.

Belt Lipectomy

Also referred to as a lower body lift, a belt lipectomy targets the areas its name suggests: the lower abdomen, hips, thighs and buttocks. The procedure is also referred to as a circumferential body lift because it extends around the beltline area.

A belt lipectomy entails removing the band of tissue that gathers around the lower portion of the midsection and tightening the remaining skin around the butt, hips and thighs. It may involve an extended abdominoplasty, a thigh lift and a butt lift.

Body Lift Results

Your body lift results will remain for years to come by maintaining a healthy lifestyle and stable weight, though it is natural to lose some skin tone and elasticity with age.

Body lifts leave some visible scars, but most are intimately concealed. Your plastic surgeon will thoroughly review your expectations and recovery guidelines with you prior to your procedure.

To learn more about the body lift procedures and discuss your personal cosmetic goals, please contact Precision Medical Arts to schedule your consultation at one of our Long Island locations.