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The Belt Lift is a surgical procedure designed to eliminate the stretched skin that can accumulate along the stomach with age or after a dramatic weight loss.
Before & After
What is a Belt Lipectomy?
A Belt Lipectomy, or Belt Lift, is a surgical procedure designed specifically for men, removing stretched abdominal skin that no longer bounces back after a substantial weight loss. The procedure, also referred to as a male tummy tuck, can provide a flat stomach without the need to address abdominal muscles or the belly button. Once the excess skin has been removed, men will look better and feel confident in tight clothing and swimwear. Due to a meticulously placed incision, directly above the groin, the scars are well-concealed. A Belt Lift can also be combined with additional techniques, such as male liposuction, for optimal body contouring results.
Who is a Good Candidate for Belt Lipectomy?
The Belt Lipectomy is designed to address the lax, stretched skin that cannot be improved through diet or exercise. The ideal candidate will struggle with loose abdominal skin but be in overall good health with adequate muscle tone. Men should fully understand the male tummy tuck procedure and the recommended recovery requirements, holding realistic expectations for the final results.
Depending on the extent of correction, a Belt Lift will take from one to three hours, performed using a local anaesthetic and IV sedation. General anaesthesia may be recommended if the procedure is combined with other techniques such as male liposuction and tummy tuck.
Dr. Mulholland will begin by making a thin, vertical incision, immediately above the groin. From here, he will lift and pull the skin, allowing the excision of any unwanted tissue. For those with excess fat along the flanks (love handles), hips, or buttocks, liposuction can be added for optimal results. Once the desired results have been achieved, the remaining tissue is pulled taut and sutured below the pubic hairline.
What kind of results can you expect from Belt Lipectomy?
Men can expect a Belt Lift to improve both their shape and skin tone, flattening their stomach and eliminating hanging skin along the belt line. Although a Belt Lift cannot create a ‘six-pack,’ the procedure will significantly tighten the abdominal tissue, improving its appearance and allowing clothes to fit better. Men can once again head to the gym or pool without feeling self-conscious about their body.
For optimal results, the Belt Lift is commonly combined with additional techniques such as liposuction or laser lipo. Men who have lost a dramatic amount of weight will struggle with stretched skin in other areas, as well. The Belt Lift can be part of a tailored treatment plan, paired with a neck lift, arm lift, or thigh lift during the same surgical procedure.
What are the Risks and Complications of a Belt Lipectomy?
While the Belt Lift is considered safe, as with any invasive procedure, there is always a small chance for complications. Although rare, these can include bleeding, hematoma, infection, asymmetry, unexpected scarring, or nerve damage.
The Belt Lift will result in a scar along the incision line. The surgeon will take extreme care to meticulously place the incision in a well-concealed location, under the pant line, and through the pubic hair. The scar is generally well-tolerated, and most men find that the exchange for tighter skin makes the male tummy tuck worth it. SpaMedica offers a variety of treatments to fade, soften, and flatten scar tissue, including steroid injections, laser treatments, and at-home silicone gel strips.
Aftercare Instructions and Expectations of Belt Lipectomy
Men are back home the same day as their Belt Lift. The recovery from a male tummy tuck takes from one to two weeks, with mild to moderate discomfort, as well as some bruising and swelling. These will diminish over the first one to two weeks. Most men are ready to return to work in a week or less. While numbness along the incision line is common, by the end of the first year, up to 95% of men will feel their sensation return.
A surgical compression garment will need to be worn for 20-22 hours a day for up to six weeks. This will help to keep swelling to a minimum while ensuring the skin heals smooth and flat against the underlying muscles.
With a healthy diet and routine exercise, the results from a Belt Lift can last for many years. However, the skin will continue to age and can once again become lax. To combat these inevitable changes, SpaMedica recommends radiofrequency (RF) energy treatments, such as Venus Freeze, Xles, and Forma Plus be started at 8-10 weeks post-op. To keep the results looking their best, men should continue with their maintenance treatments once every three months.
Why Choose SpaMedica for your Belt Lipectomy?
SpaMedica brings innovative, cutting-edge plastic surgery techniques to patients across the Toronto area. Our state-of-the-art facilities are designed to deliver the safest and most satisfying results possible, always in a comfortable and welcoming environment.
Schedule a Belt Lift Consultation at SpaMedica
Call our Toronto office a 1-877-211-7505 or fill out the Contact Us form online to schedule your Belt Lift consultation.