Reasons For Choosing To Have A Belt Lipectomy Cosmetic Surgery Procedure
There are a number of reasons for choosing to have a Belt Lipectomy, these include:
- To remove excess fat and skin after gaining weight.
- To remove loose abdominal and lower back skin after losing weight.
- To remove large fat deposits in the abdominal and lower back regions.
- As well, the potential self conscious issues associated with large fat deposits or excessive loose skin, there are also a number of health risks associated with these conditions including back and posture difficulties. History has also proven that these areas often don’t respond well to diet and exercise.
Belt Lipectomy (Circumferential Tummy Tuck) – Making The Best Choices For You.
To make the best choices for you and give you the results you want to achieve, it is important to have the right information and to be guided through the process by an experienced Cosmetic Surgeon.
Dr Goldman will thoroughly go through this important choice with you. During a professional consultation with your Cosmetic Surgeon Dr Goldman, he will guide you through each step and provide you with extensive information which will assist you in the decision making process.
Your Consultation – Belt Lipectomy (Circumferential Tummy Tuck)
At the consultation with Dr Goldman, it will always be helpful if you have an expectation of the result that you are looking for. Belt Lipectomy (Circumferential Tummy Tuck) Cosmetic Surgery is a major cosmetic surgical procedure so it is imperative that all options are considered in detail before making a final decision. Dr Goldman will review your body areas of concern and recommend the procedure that will work best for you.
During the complete process, from your initial consultation, right through to aftercare, Dr Goldman and his staff are committed to ensuring you achieve the best results from your cosmetic surgery by offering you the highest level of professional care and on going support.
The Surgery – Belt Lipectomy (Circumferential Tummy Tuck)
Dr Goldman performs Belt Lipectomy (Circumferential Tummy Tuck) Cosmetic Surgery as at least 1 overnight stay in an accredited hospital facility under general anaesthesia. In extensive cases or if there are other health problems, a longer admission will be arranged.
The surgery commences with you being placed face downwards on the operating table after you are asleep under full general anaesthetic. The surgery removes the excess skin and fat from the back and sides first. Next, while still under anaesthetic, you will then be turned onto your back when the front or abdominal aspect of the surgery is performed. This is almost exactly the same as a standard tummy tuck. Not all patients require muscle tightening. Dr Goldman will attempt to assess this at the consultation but occasionally, the decision can only be made at the time of the surgery. The skin flap is then stretched down and the extra skin is removed. A new hole is cut for your navel, which is then stitched into place. Finally, the incisions will be stitched, dressings will be applied, and a temporary drain-tube may be inserted to drain excess fluid from the surgical site. Dr Goldman always uses delicate, internal and dissolving sutures to close all wounds.
There will be visible scarring with a Belt Lipectomy (Circumferential Tummy Tuck) Cosmetic Surgery although Dr Goldman works to minimise scarring as much as possible. Please note however that much of the scarring can be kept within the boundaries of undergarments or swimwear. Scars may begin to fade and flatten from approximately three months to two years onward (poor healing and wider scarring is more common in smokers). Temporary numbness and bruising of abdominal skin is to be expected.
As with any cosmetic surgical procedure, although uncommon, excessive bleeding following surgery may cause swelling and pain. Whilst the majority of patients do not experience complications, you should discuss with Dr Goldman any concerns you may have in this regard. At the consultation your Cosmetic Surgeon, Dr Goldman will provide you with detailed Tummy Tuck information which covers this area in detail and will allow you to make an informed decision whether to undergo this surgery.
For the first few days after your Belt Lipectomy (Circumferential Tummy Tuck) Cosmetic Surgery, your abdomen will probably be swollen and it is likely that you will feel some pain and discomfort. We will ensure that you have adequate pain medication, and you will be monitored very closely and seen regularly by Dr Goldman to ensure maximum comfort.
Following Belt Lipectomy (Circumferential Tummy Tuck) Cosmetic Surgery, you will have dressings covering your wound which will restrict your ability to shower within the first week. During this period, you are limited to a sponge bath. You will be required to wear an abdominal binder garment for four weeks following your cosmetic surgery. From week two you will be able to shower..
It is also important that although you may not be able to stand straight at first, you commence walking as soon as possible which assists in reducing swelling, lowers the chance of blood clots, and maintains muscle tone. You will need to avoid lifting heavy objects as well as avoiding any type of bending where strain is felt. It is recommended that patients take two weeks off work after the cosmetic surgery. If your job involves any form of lifting, bending or exertion, the time required away from work will increase. If you take longer to heal, provision needs to be made for additional time off. While some people return to work after two weeks, others may need to take three or four weeks to rest and recuperate. You should avoid vigorous exercise for approximately 6 weeks.
You will be reassessed by your Cosmetic Surgeon Dr Goldman 14 days after your cosmetic surgery when the dressing are removed. Dr Goldman uses delicate internal, absorbing sutures to close your wounds after your cosmetic surgery. Therefore, no sutures (stitches) need to be removed. Further appointments will be set up for you to see Dr Goldman both 6 weeks and 3 months from the date of your cosmetic surgery.