Baggy or loose skin is present at times after a significant weight loss from exercising or bariatric surgeries. Although the target weight is achieved, but the desired outlook of the whole weight lost has yet to be achieved. Certain skin, especially with age, is difficult to exercise off.
How to remove loose skin? Belt lipectomy, also known as truncal body lift, is considered as an extensive tummy tuck that removed loose hanging skin and fat from the circumference of the waist or the belt line. This body contouring procedure goes around the sides to remove the loose skin or “love handle” that continues onto the lower back.
The surgery will require the patient to be on their belly first to start with the buttocks and lower back area surgery. Once the back is done, the body is turned onto the back and the surgery continues with tummy tuck on the stomach or abdominal area.
Does the procedure involve pain? The procedure is done under general anesthesia. Once that is done, there will be some discomfort, bruising and swelling post-surgery but it can be controlled by the medications provided.
What to expect from the procedure? Downtime for this procedure would be about two months in total. However, within two weeks, patients are able to continue with daily activities, avoiding strenuous activities like exercising. The removal of dressings and bandages will be done accordingly upon follow-ups.