People who have been successful with their weight loss program, unfortunately, often have an excess of skin and stubborn fat deposits all around the circumference of their midbody area. If this is what you see in your mirror, don’t feel dismayed. There is a procedure — alternately known as lower body lift, torsoplasty and belt lipectomy — which offers the most dramatic improvement possible for most post-weight loss patients. If you decide this is the right choice, you’ll be banishing excess tissue from your front, as well as the back of your torso–ridding yourself of any remaining love handles around your sides.
Additionally, your buttocks and outer thighs will benefit from the lifting effect as well. Due to the fact that torsoplasty offers such far-reaching benefits, it most often involves the longest time in the operating room and a higher cost than many other after weight loss surgery procedures. After investing so much in your weight loss program, however, the procedure may be exactly what you need to complete your transformation.
Candidates for Lower Body Lift Surgery
The best candidates for lower body lift surgery after weight loss have reached their goal weight and are able to maintain it. They are also generally healthy and don’t smoke. Further, those who reap the greatest benefit from a lower body lift are patients who have achieved significant weight loss and as a result, have moderate to severe droopy skin.
Additionally, patients interested in abdominal plastic surgery after weight loss often suffer from flat or droopy buttocks as well. Our doctors offer procedures to improve the look of your posterior that can often be done during your lower body lift surgery. For patients who don’t have enough volume in the right places, they can reposition or transfer fat to those areas. During your consultation, Dr. Kaufman or Dr. Davis will be happy to explain to you your options and he will work with you to design a surgical plan to meet your goals.
Lower Body Lift Surgery and Recovery
Depending on the amount of skin and fat that needs to be removed, surgery typically takes between four to six hours to complete. The procedure is performed in Kaufman & Davis Plastic Surgery’s state-of-the-art surgery center with general anesthesia and under the watchful eye of a board-certified M.D. anesthesiologist.
Torsoplasty removes an entire belt of skin and fat from around the abdomen and when the skin is sutured back together the lifting effect extends to the buttocks and thighs. Also, during the procedure, your surgeon will tighten the internal abdominal muscles with permanent sutures, to markedly improve the contour of your middle and lower abdomen.
To assist you in recovery, your surgeon will inject into the surgical site a temporary non-narcotic pain medication that will keep your abdomen numb for about 72 hours. Also, although our doctors try to not use drains during recovery, there is a possibility that a patient may require one or two for the first week.
With regard to recovery, most patients feel they are able to discontinue prescription pain medication in about seven to ten days and begin resuming light activities. More strenuous activities can be gradually added over the next several weeks and most people feel ready for just about anything in a couple of months.
Risks associated with circumferential abdominal procedures are generally the same as those for surgery confined to the front of the torso. The most severe of these include blood clots and pulmonary embolism. Other risks are infection and excess fluid. Further, numbness of the skin may persist in some areas, and the ultimate appearance of scars is difficult to predict.
You’ll be glad to know that torsoplasty is frequently performed at Kaufman & Davis Plastic Surgery and our practice has a fine track record for safety and excellent results. To learn more about torsoplasty and other options for plastic surgery after weight loss for patients from Redding, Chico, Stockton, Modesto and throughout California, call (916) 983-9895 and plan a visit to our office in nearby Folsom.