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Massive weight loss can result in a much smaller body, but the stretched skin does not always shrink as the fat is lost. Loose, sagging skin is common after excessive weight loss, especially around the torso. Hanging skin around the waist, stomach and lower back can be uncomfortable and impact the shape of the abdomen, hips and buttocks. A body lift, or belt lipectomy, is a body contouring plastic surgery option to remove loose skin and tissue around the belt area on the torso to reshape the body. Dr. Aleksandr Shteynberg at Vantage Plastic Surgery in NYC offers belt lipectomy procedures for our patients wanting to reshape their midsection.

A body lift, or belt lipectomy, procedure is utilized to reshape various regions of the torso. It can be performed for many reasons, including extreme weight loss and pregnancy, as part of a “Mommy Makeover” procedure, due to aging, decreased tightness of the abdominal wall or anything that changes the appearance of the torso such that the patient is not satisfied with their physical appearance. The procedure removes the excess overhanging skin, which can be done in one procedure or in multiple stages, depending on the individual. At Vantage Plastic Surgery, we will help guide and recommend the most appropriate plan for your body type and body issues to achieve the most aesthetically pleasing result.

Benefits of a Truncal Body Lift

The loose skin and tissue around the belt line and upper pelvic area can be uncomfortable and unattractive. A truncal body lift, or belt lipectomy, is performed with an incision that starts in the mid back and goes around the abdomen and ends at the other side of the mid back, like a belt. The excess skin and tissue are removed. Liposuction may be used to remove any extra fat – and the abdomen is tightened, similar to a tummy tuck. The benefits of a belt lipectomy include:

  • Flattened and tightened abdomen
  • Excess skin and fat removed
  • Reduced skin problems
  • Lifted buttocks and thighs

A belt lipectomy can be the final step in realizing a leaner, firmer shape after weight loss. If you have excess skin around your lower torso, a truncal body lift may be right for you. To learn more about the belt lipectomy procedure at Vantage Plastic Surgery, contact our plastic surgery practice to schedule a consultation with Dr. Shteynberg. We have offices in Manhattan and Brooklyn for your convenience.

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