A Body Lift (torsoplasty/belt lipectomy) involves various combinations of surgery and liposuction to help address stubborn fat deposits and excess skin on specific body areas.
What is Body Lift (Torsoplasty/Belt Lipectomy) Surgery?
Depending on the amount of tissue that needs removing and the extent of the surgery, the surgeon may do the operation all at once, or they may break it down into multiple processes.
There is a limit to surgery advised at any one particular operation (there is a limit to the time a patient should spend under anaesthesia/on the operating table).
Loose skin may occur as a result of significant weight loss. It is possible for the over-stretched dermal layer to be unable to adapt/retract to a smaller body size.
Having excess folds of skin after weight loss is a common problem. Plastic Surgeon Dr Patrick Briggs from Melbourne helps patients that suffer from excess skin.
A body lift (torsoplasty/belt lipectomy) could include any or a combination of the following:
- Tummy Tuck/Abdominoplasty
- Belt Lipectomy/360 Abdominoplasty
- Arm Reduction / Lift
- Thigh Reduction Lift
- Breast Reduction/Reduction Mammoplasty
- Male Breast Reduction/Gynecomastia
Am I a Suitable Candidate for Body Lift (Torsoplasty/Belt Lipectomy) Surgery?
If you have stubborn fat and excess skin that will not shift with diet and exercise alone as a result of either significant weight loss, ageing, or genetics, you may be candidates for body lift (torsoplasty/belt lipectomy) surgery. Candidates for this procedure are individuals who:
- Have reached their goal weight: The suitable candidates for body lift (torsoplasty/belt lipectomy) surgery have achieved a stable weight and maintained it for several months.
- Have loose skin and excess fat.
- Are in good physical and mental health: Candidates for body lift (torsoplasty/belt lipectomy) surgery should have good overall health, with no underlying medical conditions that could increase the risk of complications.
- Are non-smokers: Smoking can increase the risk of complications during and after surgery, so candidates for body lift (torsoplasty/belt lipectomy) surgery should be non-smokers or willing to quit smoking both before and after surgery.
- Have realistic expectations: Candidates for body lift (torsoplasty/belt lipectomy) surgery should have realistic expectations about the procedure’s results and discuss that it is not a substitute for weight loss or a healthy lifestyle.
It is essential to consult with a qualified plastic surgeon to determine if you are a suitable candidate for body lift (torsoplasty/belt lipectomy) surgery and to discuss the potential complications and results of the procedure.
Body Lift (Torsoplasty/Belt Lipectomy) After Significant Weight Loss
If you’ve lost a lot of weight after significant lifestyle changes or Bariatric procedures, including Gastric Banding or Gastric sleeves, you may be considering body procedures. This may include liposuction and/or excess skin reduction (excision).
After this weight loss, patients may be left with secondary folds or tissue flaps over different body parts.
These flaps of skin and fat may affect the lower abdomen and sometimes may encircle the body, affecting the back. It also may affect the upper inner arms and upper inner thighs.
Body Lift (torsoplasty/belt lipectomy) surgery involves various combinations of surgery and liposuction to help address these areas’ appearance.
Weight loss may occasionally affect the breasts, face, and neck. Your surgeon can help address these areas with breast reduction/mastopexy, breast reduction/mastopexy (that is, skin reduction and altering the breasts). Some patients might choose an augmentation mammoplasty to remove excess skin from their breasts.
A face and neck lift may also help rejuvenate the face if you have excess skin around these areas.
Why is Body Lift (Torsoplasty/Belt Lipectomy) Surgery Done?
Body Lift (torsoplasty/belt lipectomy) surgery has outcomes such as:
- Can help address excess skin from areas with excess skin:
- Body lift (torsoplasty/belt lipectomy) surgery helps address areas with excess skin and fat.
- Can help address excess loose skin from areas with loose excess skin:
- The procedure may help address areas with excess skin caused by ageing, pregnancy, or significant weight loss, particularly in the abdomen, hips, thighs, and buttocks.
- Help address mobility and help address general health:
- In some cases, excessive skin can cause mobility difficulties.
- It may also cause rashes and skin inflammation.
- The surgeon may discuss expected longevity during consultation results
- Outcomes of body lift (torsoplasty/belt lipectomy) surgery are as follows: The surgeon may discuss expected longevity during consultation, particularly when combined with a healthy lifestyle, exercise, and proper nutrition.
It is essential to have a detailed discussion with a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon to discuss the procedure’s results, potential complications, and limitations for each case.
Recovery Following Body Lift (Torsoplasty/Belt Lipectomy) Surgery
The length of your recovery period will depend on the extent of the procedure and other health and lifestyle factors.
Patients should generally allow 10-14 days for recovery following their Body Lift (torsoplasty/belt lipectomy) surgery. Your recovery will take longer than this, but the first two weeks after surgery will generally be the hardest and require the most rest.
After surgery, you must wear a firm-fitting support garment (compression garment) to help with swelling and bruising. Your surgeon will advise you on the length of time you will need to wear this.
Bruising and swelling after surgery are to be expected. Due to the extent of the procedure, patients should also expect to experience post-surgical pain. However, this will vary from patient to patient, depending on individual pain threshold. The clinic prescribes every patient painkillers to help manage pain levels and keep them as comfortable as possible during recovery.
Depending on job requirements, individuals can return to work after approximately two weeks. More time may be needed before resuming physically demanding jobs, particularly lifting and other activities. This includes exercising, raising children or grandchildren, and other physically demanding tasks. You may have to wait several months before receiving guidance from your surgeon to resume some activities.
Follow Up/Post-surgical Appointments
Post-surgical appointments are crucial for recovery. They allow the surgeon to monitor the patient’s progress and assess the rescue during recovery. This can include checking for infection, ensuring healing, and monitoring for changes in the patient’s overall health.
Follow-up appointments allow the surgeon to adjust the patient’s recovery guidance if necessary. For example, if a patient is experiencing post-surgical pain, the surgeon may need to change their medication or recommend additional therapies to help manage the symptoms.
Lastly, follow-up appointments allow the patient to ask questions, voice any concerns, and receive guidance on adequately caring for themselves during the recovery process.
By attending follow-up appointments, patients can ensure that they are receiving the recommended care and support to help them recover well and as expected.
Extra Recovery information
The clinic will also advise you about using post-surgical garments. Recovery depends on a collaborative approach and a healthy lifestyle. It is essential to follow instructions given to you by your Surgeon and attend all post-surgical appointments. It is vital to follow post-op instructions precisely.
Many patients may be able to resume light walking a few days after surgery.
Guidance can be provided to advise you, depending on which type of exercise you want to perform.
It is essential to avoid running and high-impact, physically demanding activities until your surgeon gives you the all-clear.
All surgical procedures leave scars, including ‘so-called’ scarless methods.
Body Lift (Torsoplasty/Belt Lipectomy) Before and After Photos Photos
Body Lift (Torsoplasty/Belt Lipectomy) Before and After Photos Gallery
Body Lift (torsoplasty/belt lipectomy) before and after photos with Dr Patrick Briggs, Specialist Plastic Surgeon. Take a look at some photos of actual patients who have had surgery with Dr Briggs and their results with body lift (torsoplasty/belt lipectomy) surgery.
The photos on this website and in our office are for informational purposes. The images demonstrate the potential outcomes of procedures. Individual results will vary, and effects cannot be guaranteed. The photos do not promise or guarantee specific results. They are meant to help visualise potential outcomes.
Each patient is unique, and many factors affect surgical results.
In consultations, Dr. Briggs evaluates each patient and discusses realistic expectations.
What is the Appearance of Scarring After Body Lift (Torsoplasty/Belt Lipectomy) Surgery?
Please note that scarring occurs with all surgical procedures. Qualified plastic surgeons carefully plan incision placement.
Scar Healing Process
Full scar maturation can take months to years. Initially, scars may appear red or raised before flattening. Scar maturation varies between patients.
In some cases, scar management treatments such as scar massage or silicone gel sheets can be recommended to promote healing and minimise the appearance of the scar.
The clinic provides weekly post-surgical appointments with our specialist nursing team after your procedure to ensure everything is healing well and to monitor your progress.
Patients typically have follow-up appointments with their surgeon and nurse or dermatologist team about six to eight weeks later to begin treatments to reduce the appearance of scarring.
Follow-up scar management treatments may include laser, LED, or microneedling. Silicone strips and gels may also help improve the appearance of scarring.
The recovery duration varies depending on your procedure and other health and lifestyle factors. Healing differs from person to person.
What Are the Costs Involved With Body Lift (Torsoplasty/Belt Lipectomy) Surgery?
The most common question for Body lift (torsoplasty/belt lipectomy) surgery after Significant weight loss is the price and whether Medicare or Private Health Insurance covers the procedure.
All procedures are customised for each patient. Quotes are provided after an in-person consultation.
During your consultation, Dr Briggs can discuss your aesthetic goals and considerations for plastic surgery. After the talk, a detailed quote is provided in a specific section for your operation. The selection typically outlines a breakdown of costs, including surgery costs, surgeon fees, hospital costs, anesthetist fees, and more.
Particular Body Lift (torsoplasty/belt lipectomy) procedures may be eligible for Medicare. Health insurance may not cover cosmetic procedures, so self-funding is often needed.
Paying for surgery
Patients can pay for Body Lift surgery through various methods. These methods include:
- Upfront payment through credit card, debit card, or approved financing.
- Payment plans directly with the clinic.
- Potential Medicare rebates if deemed medically necessary. Out-of-pocket costs may still apply.
- Possible private health insurance coverage depends on the policy. Out-of-pocket expenses may still apply.
Tips for selecting a Body Lift (Torsoplasty/Belt Lipectomy) Surgeon
Your surgical results will heavily depend on the surgeon you choose. Since body lift (torsoplasty/belt lipectomy) surgery is a significant procedure, you’ll need an experienced plastic surgeon. In Australia, a plastic surgeon must have the following qualifications:
- An undergraduate degree in medicine, typically a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree.
- At least two years of general medical training as a junior hospital doctor.
- Completing the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) surgical education and training programme includes at least five years of accredited surgical training, with at least two years in plastic and reconstructive surgery.
- Fellowship with the RACS in plastic and reconstructive surgery.
Plastic surgeons in Australia must also be registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and adhere to the standards and guidelines set forth by the Medical Board of Australia.
You also want to ensure the surgeon you choose has:
- Extensive experience in different types of Body Lift (torsoplasty/belt lipectomy) surgery.
- Available Patient Before and After Photos.
- Detailed recovery plans
- A great support team
Potential Complications of Body Lift (Torsoplasty/Belt Lipectomy) Surgery
Like all surgical procedures, Body Lift (torsoplasty/belt lipectomy) surgery has potential complications and complications. Your Surgeon will make you aware of possible complications during your consultation, including:
- Skin or wound infection
- Changes to nipple sensation, including loss of feeling/sensation changes to the breasts
- Potential disruption of nipple functions that may impede breastfeeding
- Breast asymmetry or uneven nipples
- Scars or skin markings, dimples or inverted nipples
- Other risks of surgery in general, such as having anaesthesia, circulatory troubles, and bleeding
- Unfavorable scarring
- Blood clots
- Poor wound healing
- Breast shape and shape irregularities
- Skin necrosis
- Fluid accumulation
- And more.
Further reading and medical references
- American Society of Plastic Surgeon- Body Lift: Improving Shape and Tone
- The Aesthetic Society- Lower Body Lift (belt lipectomy)
- Body Lift Surgery for Post Massive Weight Loss Patients – Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery
- WebMD-Body Contouring (Body Lift)
- The American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery- An Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) Protocol for Outpatient BodyLift Surgery
- Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery- The Lipo–Body Lift: A New Circumferential Body-Contouring Technique Useful after Bariatric Surgery