A lower Tuncoplasty (body lift) procedure entails removing the “belt” of excess skin and fat on the lower abdomen, waist, hips, upper buttocks and outer upper thighs.
Also known as a truncoplasty or belt lipectomy, a lower body lift is a procedure for those who find themselves with loose and heavy excess skin after weight loss. Body contouring surgeries such as a lower body lift can take several hours and can be performed in conjunction with other procedures, if that is what is best for you.
The extent of fat and skin to be removed will vary for each patient and will be discussed with Dr Lim in your pre-operatve consultations. Dr Lim will advise you as to how much skin can be removed safely, keeping in mind your personal objectives.
As a form of body contouring surgery, a lower truncoplasty (body lift) requires incisions in order to remove excess skin, which can often be extensive.
Dr Lim will always do his best to position incisions that can be hidden under clothing — the circumferential incision of a lower truncoplasty (body lift) is carefully placed so that a resulting scar can be hidden below the underwear line if possible.
The length and pattern of the incision will depend on how much skin is being removed, where on the body it is and your preference, all of which you’ll be able to discuss with Dr Lim.
The technique used to reduce the lower abdomen is similar to an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), where the existing 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 fold on the abdomen. Excess skin and fat on the sides of the hips are also removed, in which the skin over the outer sides of the thighs is tightened, leaving a scar around the hip.
In order to lift and tighten the buttocks and thighs, excess skin and fat in the lower back is also removed, and the scar is placed on the upper part of the buttocks, which dips into the cleft, thus the circle of lifted skin is completed.
In some cases, in order to enhance the shape of the treated area, lioplasty (liposuction) can also be used within the lower tuncoplasty (body lift) procedure. A buttock flap may also be used to enhance the size and shape of the buttock. The extent of your personal lower truncplasty (body lift) surgery will be determined from consultation with Dr Lim, taking into consideration your needs and goals.
Lower trunoplasty (body lift) surgery may take four to six hours and is performed under general anaesthetic in an accredited hospital. You will be required to stay in hospital for a few days following your surgery. Patients who have a lower body lift require drains to be inserted during the surgery, to prevent the accumulation of fluids and blood within the surgical wounds. You will be able to go home once the amount of drainage output subsides and your pain has settled. This can take a few days.
You will be provided with a supportive garment that will help decrease the bruising and swelling, which must be worn for six weeks after the surgery. Dr Lim will review you post-operatively and will prescribe analgesia and antibiotics for you to continue at home.
My Klinik staff will stay in touch with you after the procedure, monitor your progress and answer any questions or concerns as they arise. You’ll have reviews with Dr Lim one week, one month and three months after surgery.
Our goal is to make your experience as supportive as possible — Dr Lim and the My Klinik staff are always willing to answer any questions you may have.
Dr Lim’s 2023 Excess Skin Guide
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With a few simple photos, you can save time and the convenience of a COVID-safe online service to find out if you might be a good candidate for a lower truncoplasty body lift or abdominoplasty (tummy tuck).
As an experienced plastic surgeon in body contouring post weight loss surgery, Dr Lim will be able to answer your initial questions and see from your images if a body contouring post weight loss procedure might work for you.
Lower Truncoplasty (Body Lift)
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