Torsoplasty

Torsoplasty Related Terms:
Bellybutton Revision, Belt Lipectomy, Body Contouring, Body Lift, Body Procedures, Bunionectomy, Central Body Lift, Circumferential Body Lift, Circumferential Body Lift, Circumferential Torsoplasty, Circumferential Torsoplasty, Cosmetic Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Surgeon

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A Torsoplasty procedure improves the appearance of the abdomen, thighs, and buttocks. The operation is performed typically to remove excess skin and fat following massive weight loss. The Torsoplasty procedure combines a Tummy Tuck, Inner Thigh Lift, and Outer Thigh/Buttock Lift. A Torsoplasty procedure is also referred to as a circumferential torsoplasty, central body lift, lower body lift, belt lipectomy, circumferential panniculectomy and circumferential lipectomy. A Torsoplasty is a serious procedure which involves the exchange of one cosmetic problem (loose skin) for another (scars).

One of the best candidates for Torsoplasty surgery is a person who has lost a massive amount of weight, either through Bariatric Gastric Bypass surgery, Gastric Banding or weight loss diet. Such a person may have lost 80-300 pounds, but are left with folds of surplus overstretched skin on their breasts, backs, trunks and thighs. A Torsoplasty procedure is not a surgical treatment for being overweight. Obese individuals who intend to lose weight should postpone all forms of body contouring surgery until they have reached a stable weight. The Torsoplasty procedure ranges from 4-7 hours, and is usually performed under general anesthesia (while you are asleep). The sequence and duration of a Torsoplasty procedure varies according to the needs of the patient, although plastic surgeons typically perform Torsoplasty surgery in three stages. During stage 1 and stage 2, the patient is positioned on his/her side. Excess skin and body fat from the buttocks, hips, back and thighs are then removed from each side. During stage 3, an abdominoplasty or “tummy tuck” is performed to remove surplus skin and fat from the abdomen. The underlying abdominal muscles are exposed and tightened. Loose skin plus localized residual fat is excised from almost the whole of the central body, while weak muscles are tightened. The Torsoplasty procedure typically involves a combination of surgical excision and liposuction. In cases that require the removal of fat, liposuction is performed prior to removing excess skin. Any essential repairs to the abdominal wall (such as hernia repair) usually can be made at the time of the Torsoplasty.

Like all major surgeries, a Torsoplasty procedure requires a recovery time. The average nights you will need to be in a hospital is 1-3 nights. Intravenous or intramuscular medications will be later followed by an oral pain medication to reduce the pain and discomfort. You might be encouraged to start a specific diet plan to help your healing process. Up to 2 weeks after the Torsoplasty surgery you will need to take care for the drainage tubes that are inserted, this will be done by you at your home. From the minute the surgery is over until your doctor will order you otherwise - you will need to wear a special medical compression garment (except when taking a shower).

After the surgery it is recommended not to exercise or to lift any heavy things until fully recovering from the surgery - Walking is the only activity that is both allowed and encouraged. It usually takes a 1-1.5 months to return to your normal activity and about two month to return to your sport activity.

A Torsoplasty procedure involves a certain amount of risks and possible complications. These include: bleeding, infection, a change in skin sensation, major wound separation, skin discoloration/swelling, skin sensitivity, scarring, asymmetry, delayed healing, allergic reactions, and seroma (fluid accumulating under the skin). Like all Scars, so do these scars will appear to look worse during the first few weeks and may take up to 2 years before looking better -  flatten and brighter. You can never make a scar go away but you can certainly hide this one under your cloths.

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In addition, every procedure has limitations. An individual`s choice to undergo a surgical procedure is based on the comparison of the risk to potential benefit. Although the majority of patients do not experience these complications, you should discuss each of them with your Plastic Surgeon to make sure you completely understand all possible consequences of a Torsoplasty procedure.

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