Belt Lipectomy

Belt lipectomy is also known as lower body lift or trunkal body lift- a circumferential removal of loose hanging skin and fat from around the
waist or “belt” line of an individual. It could be considered an extensive tummy tuck that continues around the sides to remove the loose “love handle” skin that continues onto the lower back. The advantage to this
extensive removal of skin is that the looseness above the buttocks is removed which has the effect of lifting the buttocks as well. Sometimes the fat in this area is used to augment the buttocks during belt lipectomy, restoring the flattened buttocks to a more youthful and projecting shape. The surgery typically begins with the patient in the prone position (belly down) and requires the body be turned onto the back once the initial posterior buttocks and lower back area surgery is completed so that the stomach or abdominal area “tummy tuck” can be performed which completes the “belt” lipectomy.

Operation Time:
It takes 3.5-5 hours depending on the area are being addressed.

Type of Anesthesia use:
This surgery is usually done under general anesthesia

Hospital/clinic stay:
Patient need to stay in the hospital/clinic for 2-3 days

Days to stay in Thailand:
At least 14 days.

Recovery Period:
Recovery is prolonged because of the requirement of avoiding bending at the waist for a month until
adequate healing has occurred.

Results:
Results are typically very gratifying.

Preparation Prior To Surgery:
• Medical history assessment (any allergies, serious medical condition and all medications
taken both prescribed and non-prescribed), physical examination, and laboratory tests will be
performed during consultation.
• Avoid smoking for about 3-4 weeks prior to surgery, as nicotine interferes with circulation
and will greatly affect healing process.
• Stop drinking alcohol, a week before the surgery and throughout your recovery period.
• Taking any medications should be avoided such as hormones, anticoagulants, anabolic
steroids and supplements at least 4-6 weeks to prevent complicating medical factors prior to
surgery, and also avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can
increase bleeding.