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Lower Body Lift/Belt Lipectomy in Houston, Texas

A Lower Body Lift/Belt Lipectomy helps remove excess skin and fat from the back, love handles, and saddle bag area. This procedure is most commonly performed after massive weight loss.

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What is a Lower Body Lift/Belt Lipectomy?

A Lower Body Lift/Belt Lipectomy is a surgical procedure that treats excess skin of the upper back regions. At The Oaks Plastic Surgery (TOPS), our patients often complain of excess skin in this area after weight loss or with age. As with many plastic surgery procedures, the surgical technique used to address this area depends on the severity of the excess skin. In mild cases, certain non-surgical or minimally invasive procedures can be performed to help tighten and lift the excess skin and fatty tissue. In other cases, surgery is required to achieve maximum results. While liposuction can sometimes help with back rolls and excess tissue, belt lipectomy or lower body lift may be required to remove the excess skin that will never go away with just diet and exercise.

A Lower Body Lift/Belt Lipectomy is often referred to as a circumferential body lift, as it is most commonly performed along with abdominoplasty in massive weight loss patients. The procedure involves an incision that goes completely around or nearly completely around the waistline. This allows a significant amount of skin and fat to be removed creating a smoother, sleeker contour.

Extensive measures are taken by Dr. Danielle Andry, Dr. Nandi Wijay and Dr. Courtney El-Zokm to conceal these scars as best as possible and use aggressive scar management techniques to keep the scars as light and inconspicuous as possible.

Why to have a Lower Body Lift/Belt Lipectomy at The Oaks Plastic Surgery in Houston, Texas?

Many of our patients at The Oaks Plastic Surgery who have undergone massive weight loss or have developed excess back skin or love handles with age are very self-conscious about this area. They complain that clothes don’t fit correctly and are bothered by excess skin rolls. Patients also have problems with excess moisture under the skin which causes hygiene issues,. A Lower Body Lift/Belt Lipectomy helps lift and suspend the lower body to recreate curves and get rid of the excess skin and rolls present even after significant weight loss.

A Lower Body Lift/Belt Lipectomy procedure is often a careful balance between scarring and contour. While everyone’s goal is to maximize contour and minimize scarring, sometimes a trade off must exist. At The Oaks Plastic Surgery we take care to place the scar low so that it could be hidden in underwear and pants. The plastic surgeons at The Oaks Plastic Surgery want to work with you to achieve your specific goals.

If you are interested in an Lower Body Lift/Belt Lipectomy in Houston, Texas

You can schedule an appointment can be made with Dr. Danielle Andry, Dr. Nandi Wijay, Dr. Courtney El-Zokm. You can expect the initial consultation to last an hour or more. In your consultation, your TOPS plastic surgeon will:

  • Listen to your specific complaints and goals
  • Perform a thorough examination, focusing on your individual anatomy and measurements
  • Discuss recommendations regarding surgical or nonsurgical techniques that may help you achieve your goals
  • If a Lower Body Lift/Belt Lipectomy is the right option for you, Dr. Danielle Andry, Dr. Nandi Wijay, or Dr. Courtney El-Zokm will discuss the details of the plastic surgery procedures that are offered and which approach is right for you
  • Preoperative photographs will be taken and the cosmetic surgical plan will be analyzed for you with the use of your photographs
  • The risks and benefits of surgery will be thoroughly outlined for you
  • You will be given ample opportunity to ask questions from our physicians and staff regarding the Lower Body Lift/Belt Lipectomy and any other surgical or nonsurgical procedures you may be interested in
  • You will be sent home with a packet of information regarding the procedure including a detailed consent form and instructions for before and after the Lower Body Lift/Belt Lipectomy

What can you expect the day of your Lower Body Lift/Belt Lipectomy procedure?

The day of your surgery, your TOPS plastic surgeon will meet you in the preoperative area to go over any last minute questions or concerns you may have. They will make preoperative markings and will perform extensive checks and attention to detail ensuring high quality care and safety. You will meet the anesthesiologist and their team, as well as the members of our plastic surgery operative team.

During your cosmetic procedure, our TOPS plastic surgeons pay meticulous attention to detail and work as a team to ensure a great result with a focus on safety and quality. Your family will be updated of your status periodically and will be able to talk with the plastic surgeon one-on-one after the procedure is completed.

What procedures are often performed along with a Lower Body Lift/Belt Lipectomy?

Many patients seeking Lower Body Lift/Belt Lipectomy have undergone massive weight loss and require removal of excess skin from several areas of the body including the arms, abdomen, thighs, breast, and face. Additionally, many of these patients have lost volume in their buttocks and breast area, leaving them saggy and deflated. The most common surgeries performed along with Lower Body Lift/Belt Lipectomy are abdominoplasty, liposuction, breast lift (with or without breast augmentation using a breast implant or fat grafting), brachioplasty (arm lift), thighplasty (thigh lift), upper bra line back lift, and buttocks augmentation. Dr. Danielle Andry, Dr. Nandi Wijay and Dr. Courtney El-Zokm spend a large part of their training working with one of the innovators in body contouring surgery after massive weight loss. They have experience in both staging and combining many of these massive weight loss body contouring procedures and can counsel their patients on the timing and progression of these surgeries. Please visit our massive weight loss/body contouring page for more details.

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What can you expect for recovery after your Lower Body Lift/Belt Lipectomy?

Your recovery will depend on the type of procedure performed by your surgeon at The Oaks Plastic Surgery. You will likely have a surgical garment with surgical dressings in place. It is normal to have some drainage on these dressings after surgery. Depending on the type of procedure, you may also have some drain tubes in place. You will be given a scar care kit and detailed instructions regarding scar management.

The Oaks Plastic Surgery is your home for high-end, high-quality, luxury plastic surgery care in Houston, Texas

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