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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
What do I need to know about a belt lipectomy?
A belt lipectomy, or lower body lift, is surgery to remove extra skin and fat from your stomach, back, and buttocks.
How do I prepare for surgery?
Your healthcare provider will talk to you about how to prepare for surgery. He may tell you not to eat or drink anything after midnight on the day of your surgery. He will tell you what medicines to take or not take on the day of your surgery.
What will happen during surgery?
- An incision will be made around your belly button and on your lower abdomen. Your surgeon will remove extra tissue and skin, and may use liposuction to remove extra fat. The tissues that cover your abdomen muscles will be stitched together to tighten your abdomen. Your surgeon may also remove extra tissue or fat from your thighs and pubic area. He will make a new hole for your belly button and close your incisions with stitches or staples.
- Your surgeon will cut and remove the loose skin and extra fat from your back. The skin over your buttocks will be pulled up and stitched to the edges of the skin on your back to tighten the area. He will close your incisions with stitches or staples. Drains may be put in your surgery area to remove extra blood and fluid.
What are the risks of surgery?
You may bleed more than expected or get an infection. You may not be happy with the results of your surgery. You may have extra pieces of tissue on your back. You may have numbness in the areas where you have incisions. You may develop poor blood flow to the skin near your incisions. Your incision wounds may not heal properly and may split open. A seroma (pocket of fluid) may form near the wounds. You may get a blood clot in your limb. This may become life-threatening.
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