Body Lift St. Louis - Belt Lipectomy Missouri
Have you lost a considerable amount of weight and are now stuck with extra skin and fat around your entire torso? If so, you may be a candidate for a belt lipectomy procedure.
Much like the name of the procedure suggests, this procedure addresses both the front and back of the torso as opposed to a tummy tuck/abdominoplasty which addresses the front only. Also, this procedure helps improve the contour of the outer or lateral thighs when done in conjunction with liposuction. This procedure does not cause significant lifting in the inner or medial thighs or buttocks. A medial thigh lift is needed to address the inner thighs. A lower body lift is needed to address sagging buttocks.
In this procedure, extra skin and fat from the entire lower torso is removed. This can help eliminate back rolls when combined with liposuction. The scar lies on the lower back much in the same area that a belt would lie over. Liposuction is incorporated into the procedure as needed. Essentially, extra skin and fat is removed from the lower back, the outer or lateral thighs are lifted and then a tummy tuck/abdominoplasty procedure is done in the front. The procedure results in a “cinching” of the waist line, restoring a youthful “hour – glass” contour. This operation does not cause significant lifting of the buttocks. If this is desired, a lower body lift may be needed.
Dr. Cabbabe incorporates his experience with reconstructive and cosmetic surgery of the body to give his patients the best results possible to meet their desires. He is an expert in cosmetic, reconstructive and minimally invasive body surgery. Many bariatric surgeons refer their patients to Dr. Cabbabe for his expertise. During your consultation, Dr. Cabbabe will carefully examine you and will make recommendations in order to help you achieve your desired result.
We believe that patients, their desires, and anatomy are all unique. Dr. Cabbabe believes that the key to a successful surgery is proper planning and discussion with the patient about their goals. Therefore, Dr. Cabbabe evaluates each patient and creates a customized surgical plan for all of his patients to meet their expectations. To schedule a consultation, call us at 314-842-5885 or complete the contact us form.
Preparing for Surgery
Dr. Cabbabe will ask that you refrain from taking any aspirin, plavix, Coumadin or any other type of blood thinner. Markings will be placed on the abdomen and any planned areas of liposuction prior to surgery.
Patients need to be observed in the hospital for 1 to 2 nights. Pain medication and antibiotics will be prescribed. There may be some numbness on the abdomen and back which improve with time. Most patients are able to shower within 48 hours. Drains are left in place in the front and back and generally removed within 1 to 2 weeks of surgery. Recovery time is 4 to 6 weeks. Dr. Cabbabe may ask you to wear compression garments for 2 weeks after surgery to help minimize swelling and maximize your result.