NJ Body Lift | New Jersey Lipectomy
Also called belt New Jersey lipectomy, torsoplasty and panniculectomy, the circumferential body lift is performed to remove excess skin from the torso and upper legs.
Candidates for body lifts typically present to Dr. Rosenberg with loose (inelastic) skin on many areas of the body as a result of age, childbearing or significant weight loss following diet or bariatric surgery. Because of this, the NJ body lift is often combined with other procedures such as breast lift, arm lift and liposuction to regain a proper body proportion. Body lifts tighten and tone the abdomen, back, buttocks, hips and thighs. In general, Dr. Rosenberg prefers to perform the abdominal and truncal portion first, as he feels that this immediately brings the patient to a new level of comfort and mobility, enabling him/her to resume exercise and the wearing of clothing that shows a body to be proud of. Dr. Rosenberg has developed a technique for repositioning of the umbilicus without any visible scar, resulting in a belly button which is very attractive and natural, without the typical round scar or contracted belly button typically seen following NJ abdominoplasty or body lift. The images on this page are all "postop belly buttons", meaning they are the "after result". Notice how natural they appear, and how the body curves surrounding the belly button are smooth and soft, resembling the abdomen of a person who has no history of obesity and who exercises regularly.
Body Lift Procedure
During the lipectomy, skin is lifted from underlying tissue, muscles are tightened, fat is removed where necessary, and the skin is sutured closed. The navel is not removed, but rather "advanced" to a higher position on the abdominal wall and brought out through a new opening at its new position. Surgical tubes may be needed for a few days to drain any fluid, and patients may need to wear compression garments for a few weeks to facilitate faster healing.
After surgery, patients may shower the first postoperative day. They are encouraged to walk as soon as they are able to, but only for short distances such as around the house, to the bathroom or to sit at the table for meals. Other than these brief periods of moving around, Dr. Rosenberg recommends a period of 10 days of bedrest. Drains are usually removed within 5-7 days following which an abdominal compression garment is worn for approximately two weeks. Results are visible immediately.
*Disclaimer: Surgical results are not guaranteed and vary greatly from patient to patient.
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