An abdomen reduction and buttock reduction done together is called a circumferential body lift. This combined procedure is major surgery that takes longer to perform and is associated with more pain. Patient priorities and medical conditions are considerations in determining if someone is a candidate for a circumferential body lift.
What to expect
The incisions are made around the entire circumference of the body. The position of the incisions varies from person to person, but is usually hip to hip, front and back. The excess skin between the incisions is removed. The incisions are then pulled together and closed.
Risks associated with circumferential body lift include, but are not limited to:
- Problems related to anesthesia
- Blood clots
- Poor wound healing
- Wound separation
- Widened or raised scars
- Seroma (fluid collection under the skin)
- Numbness in the abdomen (usually temporary)
This procedure is performed by specialists in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Anesthesia: General anesthesia
Length of procedure: 1 1/2 to 2 hours
Length of stay: Usually home the same day
Discomfort: Moderate with prescription pain medications
Anticipate: Swelling for up to 6 weeks
Final result: Up to 1 year
Duration of results: Lasting, unless substantial weight gain
Sept. 12, 2014