What is a belt lipectomy?
A belt lipectomy is a surgical procedure which removes the excess fat and skin of the abdomen, flanks and back in one circumferential “belt” of tissue.
Who is a candidate for this procedure?
A belt lipectomy is useful for patients who have lost a considerable amount of weight and are left with stretched and damaged skin. The excess tissue extends around the torso and therefore would not be treatable with liposuction or abdominoplasty alone.
Does insurance pay for this procedure?
Insurance may pay for this procedure depending on the criteria set by your individual insurance provider. In most cases, this procedure is considered to be medically necessary and not simply cosmetic.
What is the recovery like?
This procedure is performed in the hospital and you can expect to spend the following day or two for monitoring. Due to the extent of the operated area, it can be difficult without assistance to inspect the incision and perform certain activities for the first few days. A compression garment is to be worn at all times except during showering to help with healing. Pain is usually mild to moderate and easily controlled with oral pain medication prescribed by Dr. Polecritti. It is important to gradually increase activity once discharged home. Strenuous activity however, is to be avoided for at least 6 weeks in order to maximize healing and to prevent fluid collections.