Belt lipectomy surgery process
The surgical method used depends on the individual patient. The general conduct of surgery is as follows:
- The patient is placed face downwards on the operating table after they are asleep under full general anaesthetic. The procedure removes the excess fat and skin from the back and sides first.
- While still under anaesthetic, the patient is then turned onto their back while the front or abdominal aspect of the surgery is performed. This is almost the same as a standard tummy tuck.
- Not all patients require muscle tightening. Note: Dr Goldman will attempt to assess this at the consultation, however occasionally, the decision can only be made at the time of the surgery.
- The skin fold is then stretched down, and the excess skin is detached. A new incision (hole) is made for the navel to be then stitched into place.
- The incisions are then stitched and dressed and 4 temporary drain-tubes placed during the surgery, to drain additional fluids.
Dr Goldman always uses delicate, internal and dissolving sutures to close all wounds.