Circumferential truncal contouring: the belt lipectomy

Clin Plast Surg. 2014 Oct;41(4):765-74. doi: 10.1016/j.cps.2014.06.008. Epub 2014 Aug 14.


The primary goal of belt lipectomy surgery is to improve the contour of the inferior truncal circumferential unit and to place the resultant scar in natural junctions. Excessive intra-abdominal content is a contraindication for belt lipectomy. The higher the presenting patient's body mass index (BMI), the higher the risk of postoperative complications and the less impressive the results. The converse is also true: the lower the BMI, the lower the risk of complications and the better the results. The most common complications are small wound separations and seromas.

Keywords: Abdominoplasty; Belt lipectomy; Body contouring; Body lift; Buttocks lift; Liposuction; Massive weight loss; Thigh lift.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Abdominoplasty / methods*
  • Buttocks / surgery
  • Cosmetic Techniques*
  • Humans
  • Lipectomy / methods*
  • Thigh / surgery
  • Thoracic Surgical Procedures / methods*
  • Weight Loss