Contouring After Weight Loss

A circumferential body is designed to correct areas of loose skin that can develop after substantial weight loss. It is most commonly performed on patients that have undergone bariatric surgery or have achieved dramatic weight loss with medication and diet, and need to be free from excess skin, fat, and tissue. Through this procedure, you can receive a flatter abdomen, a better contour of your thighs, and an improved shape and curvature of your lower back and buttocks.

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At Florida Plastic Surgery Group, we believe that patients, their goals, and their anatomy are all unique. To ensure you receive the best and most effective treatments, our doctors will examine you and create a customized surgical plan to meet your expectations. Our doctors use the latest techniques to create the best version of you.

Dr. Desai answered every single question I had and even put me at ease on surgery day as well as talked to my mom about the procedure to calm her nerves as well. I can’t say enough great things about Dr. Desai and his staff!

Haley B.

Why choose Florida Plastic Surgery Group?

The Florida Plastic Surgery Group team is led by a highly experienced and dedicated team of surgeons who provide exceptional results. As an affiliate of North Florida Surgeons, we are committed to providing 5-star care and service to every patient we treat. We work together with numberous Bariatric surgeons in the area to help care for numerous massive weight loss patients.  We understand that choosing to undergo surgery is a major decision and will give you the advice and information you need to make the right choice for you.

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Preparing for a circumferential body lift

Who is a candidate for a circumferential lower body lift? 

Men and women who have lost weight, particularly through bariatric or gastric bypass surgery, are ideal candidates. If you desire an improvement in the shape and contour of your lower torso (abdomen and lower back/flanks) and outer thighs, you could also be a candidate for a circumferential body lift. 

What is a circumferential lower body lift?

A circumferential lower body lift is a procedure designed to remove excess fat and skin from your abdomen, flanks, and back while eliminating sagging outer thigh skin and aesthetically contouring both your tummy and buttocks. The scar will go around the lower portion of your waist just as your belt would and can sometimes thus be referred to as a belt lipectomy.  Most of our patients at Florida Plastic Surgery Group who seek out a circumferential lower body lift have lost a significant amount of weight after bariatric surgery. This procedure is helpful in toning and tightening the body through excess skin removal.  In certain patients, the flank/lower back tissue can be rotated into the buttocks giving a more athletic rounded butt using your own tissue.

How do I prepare for my circumferential lower body lift? 

We ask patients to stop taking medications that may increase bleeding, including aspirin, Plavix, NSAIDS (ibuprofen, Advil, Aleve, etc.), as well as herbal supplements. Patients should be in good health and keep their blood pressure under control.

Patients who smoke cigarettes or marijuana or vape should begin a smoking cessation program. It is important to stop smoking four weeks prior to surgery, especially for those undergoing a circumferential body lift. The nicotine in tobacco products decreases blood flow to your skin and results in delayed healing and increased wound complications. 

Nutritional supplementation is also an important part of the healing process before and after surgery. We encourage all of our patients to begin protein shakes or juices three to four weeks before surgery.

Recovery after your circumferential body lift

Our cosmetic surgery team will help ensure a rapid recovery process. As you heal, it is important to stay well-hydrated and nourished, as nutrition is an important part of healing.

The procedure is performed under general anesthesia, and patients are instructed to wear compression garments for the first few weeks. 

As the incision begins to heal (after three weeks), there are a number of things you can use to help minimize the size and appearance of the scar. Massaging the scar with firm finger pressure will help diminish its appearance and decrease swelling. Paper tape and silicone gel sheeting have both been shown to help minimize scars with time. Some commercially available products, such as Silagen, Mederma, or vitamin E, may also have some benefits.

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If you are interested in learning more about how belt lipectomy can help you achieve your cosmetic goals or to schedule a consultation with one of our plastic surgeons, please contact our office today.

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