Lateral body lift is the removal of excess skin from the outside or lateral hips, with or without simultaneous liposuction. Doctors Perrotta and Pellegrino keep the scars hidden inside the bikini line.
With the advent of bariatric medicine and surgery, more and more Americans are losing massive amounts of weight. While losing the fat is a great achievement, it creates a problem, which is difficult to treat, skin laxity. For these individuals, excess skin hangs from the lower belly and produces unsightly waviness or rippling on the thighs, and the buttocks slides downward and loses its definition.
For many individuals, the only truly effective way to correct skin laxity is to remove the excess skin via a lifting procedure. Lasers or other non-invasive devices might produce some skin tightening but not enough for most.
The body lift consists of surgical removal of excess skin from the lower part of the body, including the belly, medial thighs, lateral thighs and buttocks. As Dr. Pellegrino or Perrotta reposition the skin higher on the body, the belly and thighs appear tighter and smoother. As the surgeon elevates the buttocks, he reestablish its shape, and it too appears smoother. The overall contour and harmony of the body is greatly enhanced. In order to remove stubborn bulges of fat, the surgeon oftentimes performs some simultaneous sculpting via liposuction.
As you might imagine, a body lift consists of a significant amount of surgery. Therefore, following such, Dr. Pellegrino or Perrotta keep patients in the hospital for several days. For patients who prefer to be treated on an outpatient basis, they perform parts of the body lift at separate sessions, with sessions separated in time by at least three weeks. This incremental approach affords the patient the luxury of undergoing surgery in the private, convenient, warm setting of the certified operating room located inside the Salisbury office complex.
Full recovery from the body lift usually takes approximately 4 weeks, although most patients are able to perform activities of daily living within three days. The doctors expect patients to taper off their narcotic pain medication by the fifth day. Most patients are able to return to work in two to three weeks, with some limitations.
Our patient, pictured above, had lost 75 pounds dieting, exercising and taking appetite suppressants. The bulges on her lateral thighs bothered her but she was most concerned about her excess skin. She discovered that, as she continued to lose fat, her skin laxity worsened. Feeling “caught between a rock and a hard place” she became increasingly frustrated and distressed. Then she heard about our body lift procedure.
After visiting us in consultation and touring Peninsula Plastic Surgery’s entire surgical facility, she decided to undergo a full body lift with liposuction. Her before and after photos below demonstrate how our surgeons are able to conceal all of her scars inside her bikini line.
If you or a loved one might be interested in the removal of excess skin, call Peninsula Plastic Surgery and set up an appointment. During your visit, you are welcome to tour the surgical suite, which is located inside the Salisbury office complex and certified by Medicare and accredited by AAAHC.
Contact us today to schedule an Lateral Thigh Lift.