Body lift, also known as a belt lipectomy, is like a facelift for the center body. It offers the most dramatic transformation of the mid and lower body. The procedure is performed to remove the excess skin or fatty tissue that exists as a result of age or extreme weight loss and lifts the remaining tissues. More extensive surgery than the tummy tuck, the body lift is performed on the lower torso, buttocks and upper lateral thighs to re-establish a more normal hour glass shape.
In general, a body lift aims to improve the shape and tone of the underlying tissue that supports fat and skin. It is typically performed after massive weight loss, including that which occurs after bariatric surgery. The body lift procedure may also be performed to offset the physical effects of aging and childbearing. Often combined with a buttock lift utilizing the excess tissue of the flanks and transposing the tissue to the buttock region to give a more lifted and full shape in conjunction with the lift.
The ideal candidate for this operation is an individual with excess skin along the lower abdomen and relaxed abdominal wall muscles, who also has cellulite or loose and wrinkled skin along the thighs and buttocks. Individuals who have undesirable skin irregularities along the abdomen, thighs or buttocks secondary to liposuction may benefit greatly from this procedure. This procedure can have a dramatic effect on a person's body. Along with tightening of abdominal wall muscles and removal of excess skin from the abdomen, thighs and buttocks, the procedure often incorporates liposuction to achieve balance between the torso and thighs. The scar required for the procedure is placed very low on the abdomen, generally in the pubic area, runs higher on the thighs to preserve the aesthetic appeal of the thigh, and continues along the lower back, just above the buttocks. The scar, which usually heals very well, is hidden by most contemporary underwear and b
If the patient is healthy and of near ideal body weight this procedure can be safely performed as an outpatient. Dr. Lucas performs these procedures at
This demonstrates the markings for a lower body lift. A large portion of skin is removed in addition to the abdominal wall being tightened to allow for a flat stomach.
This represents the markings for a lower body lift from behind and the sides. It demonstrates how the waist line is re-established and restores the buttocks. Overall, this is a powerful single operation to correct the lower torso that can change people's lives.