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Body Lift

A Belt Lipectomy known as the lower body lift can be considered as a combination of tummy tuck or Belt Lipectomy abdominoplasty, thigh lift and a buttock lift.

Body Lift

This procedure can be done on both, patients who have undergone weight loss and not had weight loss. This procedure transforms patients that have undergone massive weight loss and have excess loose skin. The body lift (belt lipectomy) has the advantage that it can be done in one surgical session or in stages, depending on the patients needs.

To understand if you are a suitable candidate for an abdominoplasty, stand in front of a mirror and look at your abdomen and use your thumb and palm of your hand to hold one edge of skin on your lower abdomen and then grasp the lower skin with all four fingers to pull it up. If you like how your skin tightens, and the way your pubic mound lifts, you are a suitable candidate for the abdominoplasty procedure.

In the similar way, pinch the loose skin around your hips and see how it lifts the hips and thighs. If you like the appearance of this maneuver, you are a candidate suitable for the lateral thigh lift. In combination with abdominoplasty, this is called an extended abdominoplasty.

Stand facing away from the mirror and look over your shoulder so you can see as much as you can of your backside. Reach back and with the palm of you hand and lift the butt. This gives you an approximate of what a butt lift can accomplish. The traditional butt lift will lift the butt by excising a wedge of skin and pulling up the skin so that the butt is lifted. Sometimes, patients also want a fat injection into the buttocks if the butt has become very flat as a result of a weight loss programme. The technique of transferring fat into the buttocks is called Brazilian butt lift.


The first step in this surgery is removing excess skin from the belly button to the pubic area. The body lift procedure is first addressed from the stomach and then tightening of the abdominal muscle. This is the area that is most affected by pregnancy or weight loss. The belly button in most cases needs to be repositioned after the skin and tissue around it has been tightened. In the thighs depending on the situation the doctor may choose to proceed with liposuction. The surgery could take anywhere between 3 to 7 hours.

This procedure is done under general anesthesia.


Recovery time varies from person to person and would take around 6 weeks to resume normal activity. The patients are encouraged to resume activity such as walking immediately to aid recovery.


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