THE LOWER TRUNCOPLASTY (BODY LIFT)
What is a Lower Truncoplasty (Body Lift)?
A lower body lift, also known as truncoplasty, or belt lipectomy, is a procedure that is perfect for fixing loose, or excess skin after any major weight loss journey. This surgery eliminates the “belt” of excess skin and fat on the lower abdomen, waist, hips, upper buttocks and outer upper thighs (lower trunk).
The surgery takes several hours and is often carried out with other procedures. The amount of skin and fat that is removed depends on the individual and varies from patient to patient.
The removal of excess skin requires extensive incisions. The surgeon will do his best to position the incisions as discreetly as possible to ensure the resulting scar can be hidden under clothing. The size and pattern of the incision will vary from patient to patient, and this can be discussed with the surgeon.
The technique employed to decrease the lower abdomen is similar to an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) wherein the navel is repositioned, the excess skin that exists on the lower abdomen is removed, and the skin of the upper abdomen is pulled down and joined to the lower incision on the abdomen
Skin from the outer regions of the thighs is tightened, excessive skin and fat from the sides of the hips are removed. The scar is positioned around the hip region.
The extra skin and fat on the lower back is removed, and this lifts and tightens the buttocks and thighs. The scar is positioned on the upper part of the buttocks which dips into the cleft, thereby completing the circle of lifted skin.
Liposuction can be used in conjunction with this procedure.