What is a body lift?
A body lift, also known as a belt lipectomy, is a surgical procedure that improves body shape and tone by removing excess skin and fat from the abdomen, lower back, buttocks, hips and thighs. It tightens underlying tissue and improves the appearance of the skin’s surface, especially if the skin is dimpled or sagging. A body lift is often combined with other procedures such as an arm lift, breast lift or liposuction, which removes localized fat deposits.
How does a body lift work?
A body lift is performed while you’re under general anesthesia. The length and placement of incisions will depend on the areas of the body your lift is targeting. After making precise incisions, your surgeon will remove excess fat — possibly using liposuction — and will reposition and tighten the underlying tissues using deep sutures that form and support your new body contours. Excess skin is trimmed away and the outer incisions are closed with sutures, skin adhesives, tape or clips.
After the surgery, you’ll have surgical dressings over the incision sites; you might also need to wear a compression garment and have tubes in place to drain excess fluid for one to three weeks.
How long does it take to recover from a body lift?
Recovery time for this procedure usually takes about three to four weeks — but as with every surgery, recovery is highly individual. During your consultation, your doctor will talk to you about what to expect. As your body heals, your final results will continue to develop for up to two years.