Bodylift (Belt Dermolipectomy)
The excess skin and fat are removed surgically from the abdomen, flanks and back areas. Depending on the needs of the patient, the muscles of the abdominal wall are tightened. Liposuction usually associated with this procedure, especially around the hips and the flanks, but rarely in the buttocks area (this fat is needed to augment the buttocks area and correct the flat look that usually acompanies massive weight loss). The incision in the abdomen is the same as in a tummy tuck, but extends laterally around the hips and extends to the back just above the buttocks cleavage.
Approximately five to six hours.
Patients are placed under general anesthesia.
A hospital stay of about three to five days is necessary for this operation, for proper wound care and good post operative sedation and pain control.
Possible Side Effects:
Temporary discomfort, post-operative swelling, soreness or tenderness in the surrounding areas, numbness of abdominal skin and bruising are possible side effects. Wound healing problems, especially in the back, are not uncommon.
Infection, bleeding under the skin flap or at the incision site, pulmonary embolism (a blood clot that travels to the lung), scarring (keloids), delayed healing, or the need for a second reversionary operation are potential risks.
Recovery:The patient may return to work within two to four weeks. Upon re-evaluation by the physician, the patient may return to more strenuous activity after approximately four to six weeks. A proper pressure garment should applied to decrease swelling and chance of bruising immediately after the operation and should be worn for about six weeks (1 1/2 months). Scars should fade and flatten anywhere from three months to one year after surgery.