The belt lift is done with an incision that goes around the entire belt-line of the waist - across the lower portion of the abdominal wall and down the inner thighs and around the back. This procedure is considered a "circumferential incision" around the waist and back. It is through this incision that extra skin and tissue are permanently removed and reshaped. If the patient is committed to a new healthy lifestyle with diet and exercise - this procedure can last a very long time.
Large amount of loose skin where the excess is circumferential involving the:
A central body lift,
also known as a belt lipectomy, is a cosmetic
surgery that involves tightening and removing the
excess skin and fatty tissue circumferentially (in a
circular incision) from the belly, hips, back,
buttocks, and outer thighs.
Removing excess skin and tissue from the buttocks region is called a "thong lift". Through the incisions the area is reshaped and contoured to a more attractive look.
The high lateral tension abdominoplasty was developed by Dr. Ted Lockwood in 1993. This procedure places less tension on the pubic mons area and most tension over the anterior thigh region. Conventional Abdominoplasty tightens muscles only in a vertical line. With the lateral tension lift, the waist - hips - thighs are the targeted areas.
A high lateral tension abdominoplasty combines the effects of a tummy tuck and a lateral thigh lift without the need to undergo an extensive body lift. The incision is a longer and is located higher up the sides of the abdominal area than the traditional tummy tuck incision. This technique also allows removal of maximum skin from the flanks giving a more sculpted appearance. The final result with High Lateral Tension Abdominoplasty is a flatter abdomen area with significantly better-defined waistline.
The Lateral Tension Lift does the following:
Emphasis on the lateral lower abdominal wall skin excess excision and the post surgical skin tension
Use of the super-fascial system for incision closure - helps with minimizing the scar
Limited undermining of the upper abdominal wall skin flaps - which preserves abdominal flap blood supply and allows for liposuction of the abdominal region without compromising skin viability
Liposuction to treat upper and lateral abdominal wall and hip/flank fat deposits
High Lateral Tension Abdominoplasty is performed under general anesthesia and requires a recovery time of one to two weeks. Abdominal exercises should be avoided for a period of six to eight weeks. This is to avoid undue tension on the tightened muscles until healing is completed.
A torsoplasty procedure is not a surgical treatment for being overweight. Obese individuals who intend to lose weight should postpone all forms of body contouring surgery until they have reached a stable weight.
A torsoplasty is a series of surgical procedures, usually done together to improve the contour of the torso, usually female (though not exclusively). This series would include abdominoplasty with liposuction of the hips/flanks and breast augmentation and/or breast lift/reduction. In men, this could include reduction of gynecomastia by suction assisted lipectomy/ultrasound assisted lipectomy or excision.
A circumferential torsoplasty is a cosmetic procedure that is performed in order to improve the appearance of the trunk or torso after a massive weight loss. It involves a circular incision around the body that is used to rid excess fat and skin. This procedure combines surgical procedures that are able to remove and tighten excess skin on the stomach, lower back, buttocks and thighs. Significant swelling is to be expected for several weeks, with mild swelling continuing for up to a year.
An abdomen reduction and buttock reduction done together is called a circumferential body lift. The incisions are made around the entire circumference of the body - normally from hip to hip (front and back). The excess skin between the incisions is removed and the incisions are then pulled together and closed.
A circumferential lift address the following areas:
overhanging abdominal skin
lifts the pubic area
lifts sagging buttocks
lifts thighs and hips
The circumferential lift includes:
liposuction can be added to help contour the area
The circumferential body lift procedure requires at least six to twelve weeks to return to normal activity. This is to allow the incisions and surrounding tissues to heal properly without having any complications.
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An extended circumferential body lift involves removing a triangle of tissue from the abdomen and suturing each side of the body like a vest to develop a waistline. This eliminates excess tissue from top to bottom as well as across the body. Liposuction is added to help contour the area to a more pleasing shape.
A lower body lift is a procedure that treats the lower trunk and thighs as a unit by eliminating a circumferential wedge of tissue that is generally more inferiorly positioned laterally and posteriorly than a belt lipectomy. A lower body lift can sculpt the stomach, love handles, hips and thighs, and buttocks. The lower body lift typically includes an abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck.
Panniculectomy involves the removal of hanging excess skin/fat in a transverse or vertical wedge but does not include muscle repair or flap elevation. A cosmetic abdominoplasty is sometimes performed at the time of a functional panniculectomy or delayed pending completion of weight reduction.