Torso lift surgery, also known as a circumferential body lift or belt lipectomy, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that involves removing excess skin and fat from the midsection of the body. It is typically performed on patients who have lost a significant amount of weight, either through diet and exercise or bariatric surgery, and have loose, sagging skin around their waistline.
During a torso lift surgery, an incision is made around the entire circumference of the waistline, usually just above the hips. The surgeon then removes excess skin and fat from the abdominal area, as well as the lower back, hips, and buttocks. The remaining skin is then tightened and repositioned to create a smoother, more toned appearance.
The procedure can take several hours to complete, depending on the extent of the surgery, and is typically performed under general anesthesia. Recovery time can vary, but most patients are able to return to work and normal activities within a few weeks, although it may take several months for the final results to fully develop.
Like all surgical procedures, torso lift surgery carries some risks, including bleeding, infection, scarring, and anesthesia complications. Patients considering this surgery should speak with a qualified plastic surgeon to determine if they are a good candidate and to learn more about the potential risks and benefits of the procedure.