Body Lift Bellevue
Body lift or Belt Lipectomy is a procedure that removes the skin and fat from the tummy area and back area at the same time. In essence it is a 360 degree tummy tuck where the skin and fat are taken away to contour your stomach area and your lower body. The back is contoured at the same time. Like a pair pants being pulled up with tightening the skin and tissue around your tummy and back. This is a very powerful procedure in terms of changing your physique. It can make a dramatic change in your lifestyle and appearance. There are two main types of body lifts; upper body left and lower body lift. The body lift is a necessary procedure in certain patients with excessive skin in the back area. A traditional tummy tuck will not be adequate to gain the ideal contour.
Types of Body Lifts
Depending where the skin laxity and fat is located along the upper or lower back will determine what type of body lift is needed.
Upper Body Lift: involves removing the skin and soft tissue in the upper part of the back. The incision is horizontal in the upper back and this technique is used if the upper back has significant excessive tissue or rolls.
Lower Body Lift: The benefit of the Lower Body Lift is contouring the abdomen and lower to mid back area. It has no impact on the upper back skin or fat. Dr. Parikh will be able to determine what procedure you need to fit your goals and needs. Sometimes both techniques are required.
Candidates for Body Lift:
Candidates are healthy and nonsmokers. Smoking can affect wound healing and skin survival. Smokers should try to quit at least 4 weeks prior to the procedure. Most patients are weight loss patients. Candidates have excessive skin in the back area especially around the love handle region and in the front tummy area. The surgery can be performed in one stage or two stages. Dr. Parikh prioritizes your safety and tailors his approach that best fits your needs and goals.
Body Lift Cost
Cost of the procedure is based on 1. Anesthesia Fees 2. Facility Fees and 3. Surgeon Fees.
Range is from $14500 to $18500 USD for all combined charges. Prices may vary based on length of time and complexity of the case. Pricing includes all follow up appointments and care. There are no hidden fees. of the procedure is based on 1. Anesthesia Fees 2. Facility Fees and 3. Surgeon Fees.
Postoperative Recovery after Body Lift
This procedure is more involved that a standard tummy tuck. Recovery is based on how much is removed, the length of time in the OR and the patient’s baseline medical condition. Safety is of utmost importance. Some swelling and bruising is normal. An abdominal binder is placed after the surgery. Drains are used and generally stay for 1 week. Patients usually return to work after 2-3 weeks. It is important to walk around after surgery, but activity is semi restricted to optimize healing. Scars can change and fade up to one year. Dr. Parikh can discuss scar therapy treatments and how to optimize scar healing at the time of consultation.
Body Lift Complications
- Wound Dehiscence
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Altered sensation
With any surgical procedure complications can occur, but are generally low. We encourage that you ask about complications during your visit with Dr. Parikh. Dr. Parikh will ensure that your safety is first and discuss any concern in great detail that is tailored to your specific medical history.