Body Lift or belt lipectomy is a technique used by Dr. Johnson Lee to remove excess skin and fat along a patient’s sides and back. This lifts and tightens the lower body including the lateral thighs, back, hips, and buttocks. Weight loss patients with saggy skin are great candidates for improvement in these areas. Body lifting is often combined with an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) in the front and additional liposuction to improve overall contour.
Incisions are the same as traditional abdominoplasty in the front, but extend around the back circumferentially and are easily hidden beneath pants or clothing.
Anesthesia is general and patients may require an overnight stay for maximum safety.
Recovery is variable but most patients can expect routine activity by 2 weeks and full strenuous activity by 4 weeks. Dressings or garments may be worn during this time.
Results are immediate and continue to improve as swelling resolves.