After major weight loss (40+ lbs.), men and women often struggle with excess skin on their midsection, hips, thighs, and buttocks
Unfortunately, it is not possible to get rid of loose belly skin that has stretched after gaining then losing weight with diet and exercise alone. Surgery is usually needed to remove sagging skin after weight loss.
At Premier Plastic Surgery Center, a body lift, also called belt lipectomy surgery, is used to drastically improve your abdominal, hip, and back area, tightening and lifting the lower body for a beautiful makeover. This is often the first surgery post-weight loss patients choose to have before they consider additional body contouring surgeries, such as a thigh lift or arm lift.
A belt lipectomy is a type of tummy tuck surgery that removes loose skin and fat around your waistline. The surgery works by carefully trimming away extra skin after weight loss all the way around the beltline, then pulling the skin upward. This not only removes skin folds on the abdomen, but it also has a lifting and skin tightening effect on the entire lower body.
Our Charlotte plastic surgeon's post-weight loss patients are left with a flatter, tighter abdomen, and increased confidence. With loose skin removal, many stretch marks will also be removed. Since those skin folds will no longer be on your tummy, you will no longer have to worry about rashes, chafing, sweating, and discomfort caused by excess skin in those areas. A body lift also tightens loose thigh skin and buttocks. Liposuction may also be added to refine and sculpt these areas.
While a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) removes loose skin on the upper and lower abdomen, a body lift goes a step further. The body lift incision extends 360 degrees around the waistline, and addresses not only the abdomen, but several areas of the lower body, including the circumferential waistline, and more.
When the body lift incision is closed, the skin on the lower body is pulled upward. With any loose skin removed, it provides a dramatic lifting effect that helps weight-loss patients attain a more attractive lower body. This helps improve saggy skin on the abdomen, thighs, hips, and buttocks.
A belt lipectomy is usually the first cosmetic surgery that post-weight loss patients seek. Loose skin after weight loss can be a major source of discomfort for many reasons:
If you are experiencing these symptoms due to sagging skin on your stomach, hips, thighs, and buttocks, you may be a good candidate for belt lipectomy. It is best to reach a stable weight prior to belt lipectomy in order to get the best result. We strive to deliver the best body lift Charlotte has to offer.
Patients that were formerly overweight may have a history of medical problems. It is important to discuss your complete medical history during the consultation. A complete physical examination may be required before proceeding with the surgery. Charlotte body lift provider, Dr. Ferrari will also ask questions about your relevant medical health history. You will be advised to quit smoking, as nicotine use impedes healing and may increase your risk for certain complications.
When it comes to loose skin removal after weight loss, choosing a board-certified surgeon with experience in body contouring and tummy tucks are critical for a good result. As a Charlotte plastic surgeon with ample experience performing the belt lipectomy procedure, Dr. Ferrari will be pleased to help you get the body makeover you are looking for after losing a substantial amount of weight.
Dr. Ferrari comes highly recommended. In addition to his board-certification, advanced fellowship training, and professional memberships in plastic and reconstructive surgery, he provides personalized attention to each Matthews body lift patient. The surgery is tailored to your exact needs. You will also have the advantage of 24/7 access to Dr. Ferrari, both before and after the procedure. Our team works closely with every patient to deliver the best results possible.
A body lift is one of the biggest post-weight loss surgeries. Therefore, it has a longer downtime than a standard tummy tuck.
Most body lift patients require 3-4 weeks off driving and work. It can take several months before you can resume a rigorous exercise program. To learn more about body lift downtime and recovery, speak to Dr. Ferrari at the consultation.
At Premier Surgery Center, we have helped hundreds of men and women achieve a more shapely, attractive figure with excess skin removal surgery. Call us at (704)-844-8344 to schedule your personalized body lift consultation today.