A Lower Body Lift, also known as a Belt Lipectomy, is a body contouring procedure.
Lower Body Lift (Belt Lipectomy) surgery may reduce the stubborn fat and loose skin around the back, Flanks (sides of the stomach), and buttocks.
What Is Lower Body Lift (Belt Lipectomy) Procedure?
A lower body lift (belt lipectomy) procedure may address skin irregularities in the abdomen, lateral thighs, flanks, buttock, and pubic area. It may include a combination of the following procedures; Abdominoplasty, thighplasty and buttock lift. It removes the excess skin, fat, and tissues around the torso and tightens the muscles of the abdominal wall.
Lower Body Lift (Belt Lipectomy) after Weightloss
Loose skin below the waist can be caused by natural ageing, dramatic weight loss, and post-pregnancy.
If you have lost a significant amount of weight the chances are your skin is no longer as elastic as it use to be and you will be left with redundant skin fold. Furthermore, this excess skin can cause skin irritations and rashes due to rubbing and chaffing, which can cause physical discomfort. Surgery may help reduce the excess skin.
Are you a suitable candidate?
You are most likely a suitable candidate for the procedure if:
- If you have undergone dramatic weight loss through dieting or bariatric surgery, that has resulted in extensive excess skin.
- If you have loose skin on your abdomen, hips, the front, outer and inner sides of your thighs.
- If you have loose skin below the waistline.
- If your weight has been the same for a year and you do not expect further weight loss.
- You don’t have chronic illnesses like heart or lung diseases, do not smoke, and have healthy dietary habits.
- If you are willing to have a circumferential scar (a scar that goes around your whole body, like a belt) .
- You are mentally healthy
- And you have realistic expectations
- Note: the recovery time is extensive, therefore endurance and patience are needed.
What are the potential outcomes of Lower Body Lift?
A lower body lift has the following potential outcomes:
- It may help to remove excess skin, which is causing rashes, painful chafing, and infections.
- It may help improve mobility.
- It may help alter the contour of your torso so that the results of your weight loss are more visible.
- It may help improve back pain and incontinence.
Before and After Photos of Lower Body Lift (Belt Lipectomy) Surgery Melbourne
See more real patient before and after photos performed in Melbourne by Specialist Plastic Surgeon Dr Patrick Briggs.
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 to expect during the Procedure?
This procedure is performed by Dr Patrick Briggs under general anesthesia.
A circumferential incision is made that will extend around your torso. Dr Briggs will remove an apron of excess fat, tissues, and skin below the incision. The tissue will be repositioned and tightened.
The remainder of the skin over the thighs and buttocks will be pulled upwards. This will tighten the skin and underlying tissues in these areas.
Once these areas have been addressed, the surgeon will move on to the front areas.
The options for surgery will be discussed with you before the procedure.
After this, drainage tubes will be put in place and the incisions will be closed in multiple layers. Every step will be meticulously performed so that the stretching and swelling will be as controlled as possible.
You will most likely have to stay in hospital for a few days after surgery for monitoring and observation.
What is the recovery like?
This is an intense procedure that has an extensive recovery time. However, Dr Patrick Briggs will be there to guide you in every step of your recovery. You will discuss what recovery will include during your consult, before surgery. However, below are some recovery tips to help.
- Immediately after your surgery, Dr Briggs will insert a tube for draining excess fluid at the sites of the incision.
- You will also be provided with a compression garment that will help reduce discomfort and swelling. This should be worn at all times for at least 3 to 4 weeks, unless otherwise instructed.
- Approximately, two to three days post-operation, Dr Briggs will remove your tubes and change your bandages.
- You will also receive Medications to reduce the pain and swelling.
- To prevent blood from clotting and encourage blood flow, you should begin moving around slowly.
- One to two weeks following your surgery, bruising and swelling will still be noticeable. Dr Briggs will evaluate your scars for healing and remove sutures (unless desolvable are used).
- You should not lift heavy objects, and restrict your activity to walking only.
- Two weeks after the procedure, you should be able to get back to work (unless your job is physically demanding)
- By the fourth week, the swelling will dramatically reduce, however it may not subside completely. You can increase your activity levels slowly at this point but strenuous exercises should be put off until the 6th week.
- It takes three months to reduce the swelling by 75% and six months to reduce it by 90%. Full results may be seen after at least a year.
- Dr Briggs will be there to guide you in every step of your recovery.
Recovery after body lift surgery can vary for each individual. It’s important to follow all post-operative instructions provided by your surgeon to promote proper healing and minimize potential complications. The recovery period may involve discomfort, swelling, bruising, and restricted activities. It’s important to plan for adequate time off from work and daily responsibilities to allow for proper rest and recovery. Follow-up appointments with your surgeon are crucial to monitor progress and address any concerns or complications that may arise. It’s important to note that the final results of body lift surgery may take several months to fully develop, and proper maintenance through diet and exercise is necessary for long-lasting results.
Risk and Complications
Body lift (Belt Lipectomy) procedure, like any invasive surgery have some risks and complications, including:
- Bleeding is a potential risk during or after surgery.
- Infection is always a potential risk during or after surgery.
- Patients will receive a prescription for antibiotics before and after surgery to help prevent infection.
- Fluid accumulation (seroma) can occur under the skin after surgery and may require additional drainage.
- Poor wound healing
- Patients who smoke or have other medical conditions may experience slower wound healing or wound healing complications.
- All surgical procedures will result in some scarring, but the amount and visibility of the scars can vary from patient to patient.
- Numbness or tingling
- Patients may experience temporary or permanent numbness or tingling in the surgical area.
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT):
- DVT is a rare but serious complication in which a blood clot forms in a vein deep within the body.
- It can be prevented by early ambulation and compression stockings.
- Anesthesia risks
- Anesthesia always carries some risks, such as breathing difficulties, allergic reactions, and cardiovascular problems.
It is essential to discuss the risks and potential complications with a board-certified plastic surgeon before undergoing any surgical procedure
Minimizing Scars after Lower Body Lift (Belt Lipectomy)
It is important to remember that all surgical procedures leave scars, including ‘so-called’ scarless methods.
Experienced plastic surgeons are careful about scar placement and minimization, with surgical scars generally fading over 12 months.
We will arrange post-op appointments with our specialist nursing team after your procedure to ensure everything is healing well and to monitor your progress.
You will see your surgeon and/or nurse and/or dermal team about six to eight weeks later for a scar consultation and organise scar treatments.
The Coco Ruby dermal team conducts a series of follow-up scar treatments using a customized selection of Skin Needling, Healite II LED and massaging with oils, Fraxel Laser, V-Laser, Silicone strips & gels and Steroids can also help manage scars.
Note – The length of your recovery period will depend on your procedure, health and lifestyle factors. Recovery times can vary from person to person – resting aids healing.
Please avoid subjecting your incision to abrasion or excessive stress during the recovery period.
Lower Body Lift (Belt Lipectomy) Surgery Frequently Asked Questions
What Does A Lower Body Lift (Belt Lipectomy) Include?
- The removal of the extra amount of fat tissues and skin in the front and sides of the abdomen, it may also include lifting the thighs, and buttocks, depending on the needs of the patient.
- It may also include reshaping and tightening the skin in these areas.
How Painful is a Lower Body Lift (Belt Lipectomy)?
- It is an extensive procedure therefore some discomfort, numbness, and mild burning sensation are common around the incision site after the procedure.
- This pain is often manageable with pain medication, cold compresses and rest.
How much is a 360 lower body lift?
- A 360 abdominoplasty/Tummy tuck also known as a belt lipectomy removes excess skin and fat along the entire waistline, abdomen, and back. The costs in Australia start at $8000 and go up from there.
Is a Tummy Tuck/Abdominoplasty included in a lower body lift?
- A tummy tuck/abdominoplasty removes the excess fat in the front of your abdomen
- A lower body lift (belt lipectomy) addresses not just the stomach but the entire lower truck including your lateral parts of thighs and the back. This procedure may be suitable for men and women who have undergone massive weight loss.
- A lower body lift (belt lipectomy) may be suitable for you if you have loose skin not just on the front of your stomach but on the sides, on your outer thigh, and the buttocks.
Sleep position – How do you sleep after a lower body lift?
- You will need to sleep with both the upper body and legs elevated.
- This will minimize post-operative swelling, and avoid stretching the incision, muscles, and healing tissues.
How long do you wear a compression garment after my procedure?
- You will need to wear a compression garment immediately after surgery.
- Garments must be worn 24/7 for at least 1 month.
- The only time you should be without your garment is while you shower.
- It is recommended to wear it for the two months following the surgery.
Does insurance cover Lower Body Lift (Belt Lipectomy)?
- Medicare and private health fund rebates can cover your procedure if you fulfil their key criteria.
How do I prepare for a Lower Body Lift (Belt Lipectomy)?
- Dr Briggs and his team will provide you with pre-operative instructions, take your medical history, perform a physical examination, run some tests and answer your queries.
- You should start prepping for the surgery with the following:
- Quit smoking
- Avoid taking blood thinners like aspirin
- Get your medical and lab workup done
- Take medications or change your current ones as advised by Dr Briggs’ team
How much does Lower Body Lift (Belt Lipectomy) Surgery cost?
Just like recovery time, the costs and prices of body surgery may also vary.
This will greatly depend on several factors such as your surgeon’s fees, anesthesiologist’s fees, hospital fees, type and length of surgery and anesthesia used, as well as, your desired surgical results.
The best way to get the cost for your specific procedure is to attend a consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon. They will be able to determine what you require and give you a quote with a cost breakdown.
Funding Your Surgery – Medicare and Payment Plans
Some lower body lift (belt lipectomy) procedures may be eligible for Medicare.
Medicare will not cover ‘non-therapeutic cosmetic surgery,’ or elective surgeries performed solely for cosmetic reasons; it will only cover procedures that are clinically necessary for your health or medically necessary and meet strict criteria.
Paying for surgery
Patients can pay for surgery through various methods. These methods include:
- Payment in full at the time of the procedure using accepted payment methods such as credit cards (such as Visa, Mastercard), buy now, pay-later products (such as Afterpay, Openpay, Zip Pay).
- Non-commercial payment arrangements between the medical practitioner and patient, where the payment is made in instalments.
- Medicare rebates, if the surgery is considered medically necessary. (this will not cover the total cost and patients will still have out of pocket costs)
- Private health insurance, if the patient has an appropriate level of cover. (This is unlikely to cover the total cost and patients may still have out of pocket costs)
It is important to note that we do not encourage patients to take on debt or access their superannuation to pay for cosmetic surgery. Additionally, we do not offer or recommend financing schemes to patients, such as loans or commercial payment plans.
Why Choose Dr Patrick Briggs?
Dr Patrick Briggs is an experienced, board-certified plastic and cosmetic surgeon. An internationally trained surgeon, Dr Briggs is an expert in face, body, and breast surgeries. He has over 20 years of experience and has performed over 4500 surgeries in private practice. He is well known for his innovative and up-to-date approach.
Dr Briggs is dedicated to patient care and every patient is treated with the utmost respect and privacy.
Dr Briggs and his team assist you with any questions while you are considering a body lift (belt lipectomy) procedure, during the surgery, and while in recovery.
Dr Patrick Briggs Melbourne
Dr Patrick Briggs FRACS (Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) is a Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon.
Both he and his team are dedicated to patient care and are committed to treating each and every patient with respect and privacy.
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- If you like, please bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices.
- Take a lot of notes and thoroughly examine the documents your surgeon provides.
- You may need to undress so it’s a good idea to wear simple clothes.
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