Belt Lipectomy at Specialists in Plastic Surgery, Raleigh NC

A body lift, also known as a belt lipectomy, is a cosmetic procedure frequently performed on patients who have undergone major weight loss. Body lift surgery is designed to improve the appearance of your body by removing excess skin and resculpting the underlying tissue of your lower body.

Who Should Get a Body Lift?

The primary goal of a body lift is to sculpt, reshape, and tighten the abdomen and buttocks. Patients who have lost a significant amount of weight or those who have stubborn fat and excess skin in one or more areas may benefit from a body lift.

A body lift can treat:

  • Excess tissue and/or loose skin in the midsection
  • Excess tissue and/or loose skin in the buttocks
  • Excess loose skin in the lateral thighs
  • Stretched abdominal muscles

A body lift is capable of addressing multiple problem areas in a single operation. The final results will be both functional and cosmetic. Heavy folds of skin will be reduced, and the underlying structures that support fat and skin will be tightened.

The best candidates are healthy, have realistic expectations, and are committed to maintaining a stable body weight. To find out if body lift surgery is right for you, we encourage you to schedule a consultation at our office. Be prepared to discuss factors such as your medical history, current medications, and cosmetic goals.

What to Expect During Your Body Lift

More than one surgery may be required to achieve optimal results. Prior to your procedure, general anesthesia will be administered for your comfort. Your surgeon will then make a series of incisions to reposition underlying tissue and remove excess skin. The incision length and pattern will depend on the location and amount of excess skin and fat planned for removal.

Following the removal of excess fat and tissue, liposuction may also be necessary to boost contour. The skin will then be redraped and tightened across the newly shaped body. All incisions will be closed with a combination of sutures, skin adhesives, or surgical tape.

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“I love how Dr Oschwald and his team treated me, I have been very comfortable with him from the beginning. I couldn’t imagine having such a wonderful surgical experience. I would highly recommend him to anyone needing cosmetic surgery.”

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After Your Surgery

Immediately following surgery, it is common for patients to experience some pain and soreness at the sites of incision. We can prescribe pain medication to help you manage discomfort after surgery. Drainage tubes may be placed beneath your skin, and you may need to wear a compression garment for several days to minimize swelling.

A body lift is a major surgical procedure and typically requires several weeks of recovery.  A complete recovery can take four to six weeks. Strenuous activities may be restricted for up to six to eight weeks. The results of surgery will become apparent in roughly 3 months as swelling gradually subsides. Incision scars may take a year or more to flatten and fade.

Understanding the Risks of a Body Lift

As with all surgical procedures, a body lift involves a degree of risk and uncertainty. Your surgeon with discuss these risks with you in-depth during your consultation visits. Some possible risks of body lift surgery may include infection, adverse reaction to anesthesia, skin discoloration, poor wound healing, unfavorable scarring, asymmetry, and changes in skin sensation.

How Much Does a Body Lift Cost in Raleigh?

At your consultation, Kristen or Laura will provide you with a detailed individual estimate given your surgeon’s recommendations. Please click here if you would like a generalized price estimate.

Schedule Your Body Lift Consultation

Our plastic surgeons have over 75 years of combined experience in cosmetic plastic surgery. If you’re ready to learn more about Body Lift Consultation, please contact our office in Raleigh to schedule a consultation.

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