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 that is difficult to treat – skin laxity.
For many individuals, the only truly effective way to correct skin laxity is to remove the excess skin via a Body Lift procedure. Lasers or other non-invasive devices might produce some skin tightening but not enough for most people in this situation. For these individuals, excess skin hangs from the lower belly and produces unsightly waves or rippling on the thighs. The buttocks often slide downward and lose definition. In a body lift, excess skin is removed from the lower part of the body, including the belly, medial thighs, lateral thighs, and buttocks.
A Body Lift usually requires more than one surgery, but no two cases are exactly the same. Drs. Pellegrino and Perrotta have had a great deal of experience with Body Lift surgeries and do their best to minimize scarring and discomfort.
Drs. Perrotta and Pellegrino have developed a discreet and sensitive process for preparing you for a body lift. Your consultation is important because you and your plastic surgeon must be “on the same page” regarding the results you hope to achieve. This is why Dr. Perrotta or Dr. Pellegrino will devote as much time as necessary to discuss your individual goals and needs with you, as well as what you can realistically accomplish.
Dr. Pellegrino or Dr. Perrotta performs a focused physical examination to provide preliminary recommendations. Once he determines his surgical plan, our aesthetic coordinator will produce a written quote which lists all costs of your proposed surgery so that there are no surprises. At that time, an appointment is set for your pre-op visit.
Much is covered during your pre-op visit. First, one of our highly trained medical assistants will take pre-op photos. Next, your surgeon will explain the surgical techniques to you and thoroughly inform you as to what you can expect, including any potential complications. Dr. Perrotta or Dr. Pellegrino will then obtain a more complete medical history from you and perform a final pre-op physical examination, including a check of your vital functions to ensure that you are physically fit for surgery. Prior to releasing you from your pre-op visit, your doctor and our staff will give you detailed instructions for the time leading up to your surgery, as well as for the time immediately following it.
As Dr. Pellegrino or Dr. Perrotta reposition the skin higher on the body, the belly and thighs appear tighter and smoother. Elevation of the buttocks reestablishes their shape and makes them smoother. The overall contour and harmony of your body will be greatly enhanced. In order to remove stubborn bulges of fat, simultaneous sculpting via liposuction may be performed. After each surgery, Dr. Pellegrino or Dr. Perrotta will keep you in the hospital for several days. If you prefer your procedures on an outpatient basis, your body lift surgeries can be performed in individual sessions separated by at least three weeks. This incremental approach allows you the luxury of undergoing surgery in the private, convenient, warm setting of the certified operating room located inside our Salisbury office complex.
Full recovery from a body lift usually takes about four weeks, although most patients are able to perform activities of daily living within three days. You should be able to taper off your narcotic pain medication by the fifth day or so and return to work in 2-3 weeks, with some limitations. After your procedure, you will follow up with us several times so that we can monitor your healing.
Dr. Perrotta’s patient, pictured below, 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 the body lift procedure at Peninsula Plastic Surgery.
After visiting Dr. Perrotta 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 Dr. Perrotta was able to place all of her scars inside the bikini line.
We are grateful to our patients for granting us the privilege of posting their before and after photos on our website. While we greatly value their privacy, we also salute their eagerness to share their life-changing results with other individuals considering plastic surgery. Every patient on this website has enthusiastically provided his or her written consent for us to show the world his or her results.
Contact us today to schedule a Body Lift consultation.