Total Body Lift (Circumferential Lipectomy)

You've made huge changes in your life, and lost weight .. what an achievement, and now it's time to move forward and lose the excess skin, so you can get on with life with renewed confidence and comfort...

Weight loss is a magnificent achievement, whether gained by dieting or surgical intervention such as gastric banding or bypass. Sadly, this is often tinged by disappointment over the residual excess skin which tends to sag from many sides of the body and which is difficult to disguise under clothing.  More importantly large folds of skin, such as the apron hanging from the lower abdomen can hinder mobility and personal hygiene. Fortunately the excess skin can be removed from around your tummy, hips, thighs, arms, breasts and buttocks, by specifically designed surgical techniques, and the lipectomy or total body lift is one option. (See also Abdominoplasty, Brachioplasty, Breast Uplift and Thigh Lift.)

After major weight loss there is surplus skin in all directions and the total circumferential body lift or belt lipectomy involves removal of a band of skin and fat from around the lower part of the body leaving a circumferential scar.

This surgical procedure has the effect of lifting the buttocks to some degree, as well as dealing with the excess abdominal skin.  Often the buttock volume has largely disappeared, but it can be restored by fat grafting (from the abdomen) or by insertion of a buttock implant (similar to breast implants in construction).

The circumferential lipectomy will be carried out under a general anaesthetic and you will be in hospital for 3-4 nights.

When it's time for you to leave hospital, you will be given a follow up appointment with your consultant, and/or the dressing clinic for the removal of any stitches, together with any medication prescribed.

You will be advised to take enough time off work to recover, usually 6-8 weeks and avoid strenuous activity.

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