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Curves to Die For

What do you see when you look in the mirror? Are you completely at peace with the person who stares back at you? Perhaps you feel much younger than what your body says about you. If you think that you deserve to look as beautiful and as youthful as you feel inside, then Southwest Plastic Surgery can make it happen. An El Paso lower body lift is the treatment that can make you shift from those humungous clothing sizes into petite dresses. You will feel more confident about yourself, more secure about how others perceive you and most important of all, you won’t be afraid to flaunt that beautiful curvaceous body of yours in the Sun City!


Lower Body Lift Techniques

At Southwest Plastic Surgery, Dr Frank Agullo and Dr Humberto Palladino are the expert craftsmen who can give you the body you always dreamt of. Both are award winning, American Board of Plastic Surgery certified doctors and were educated at the prestigious Mayo Clinic in Rochester. According to them, with time and age, the skin on the lower region of the body, i.e. below the waistline, begins to loosen and sag. This may sometimes also be seen in individuals who have undergone weight loss or weight fluctuation.

The appearance of saggy and flaccid skin would be, for some people, an unacceptable and displeasing feature on their bodies. A lower body lift is meant to tighten the skin and sculpt the skin around the buttocks, inner and outer thighs, hips, waist and abdomen. It is meant to give these areas supple contours and a healthy, tightened look.

As a general rule, Dr. Agullo and Dr. Palladino say that a good candidate for a lower body lift would be able to use their thumb and four fingers to hold the skin around the aforementioned areas of the body. Lifting the skin would also give you a good idea of what your skin will look like after it has been tightened and you have been endowed with a new figure!

They also describe the typical candidate for a lower body lift or circumferential body lift as falling into one or more of the following categories:

  • They have undergone drastic weight loss, which may be due to bariatric surgery or a weight loss program.
  • They have thin layers of fat underneath the skin in their thighs, hips, abdomen and buttock areas.
  • They are women who have gained weight following pregnancy.
  • The loose and flabby skin on their lower bodies is bothersome to them.
  • They are generally healthy individuals who just want to look fantastic!

Whatever your needs and concerns are, the surgeons at Southwest Plastic Surgery are there to help you. Their achievements in the field of plastic surgery are remarkable. Dr. Agullo and Dr. Palladino have performed numerous surgeries of this nature and his team is highly skilled in buttock augmentations and thigh lifts, among many other procedures. So if the prospects of a lithe and graceful figure have piqued your curiosity, then don’t stall. Schedule an appointment with a surgeon and let him enlighten you on the wonders of a lower body lift!


Lower Body Lift Preparation and Procedure

During your consultation at Southwest Plastic Surgery, you will be explained everything you need to know about getting a lower body lift. Dr. Agullo and Dr. Palladino encourage you to ask questions to dispel any doubts or worries you may have. Given the geographic location of the practice, Southwest Plastic Surgery understand that not all patients would be comfortable speaking in English. That is why, both surgeons speak Spanish fluently as well.

It is important that during your consultation you let your surgeon know what you hope to achieve through a procedure of this sort, so that he can recommend the right surgery for you. You should also inform your surgeon of any drugs or medication you might be on such as vitamins, herbal medicine, alcohol, tobacco and any pre-existing medical conditions you may have.

Once you and one of the doctors at Southwest Plastic Surgery are in agreement on your goals, then you can decide on the type of procedure you want. It can either be a single session or multi-session surgery. Liposuction may be used in conjunction with other methods to sculpt your body and give it a smoother and more even contour.

Of course, since each patient is different from others in their physique, age, height and skin type, the procedure adopted will be different as well. Dr. Agullo and Dr. Palladino will make sure that your treatment is tailored specifically to suit your needs and, as part of a body lift, you may receive a combination of different procedures such as liposuction, buttock lift, thighplasty and/or breast enhancement. Commonly combined procedures include:

Thigh Lift

A very popular option for the removal of fat and skin from the medial thigh area, to create a smooth and tightened appearance. With this, you can get rid of the extra fat in the medial thigh which causes the thighs to touch in the middle and cause chafing. You can obtain the gap between your thighs you had once upon a time. Learn more about a thigh lift.

Liposuction

An essential part of a body lift, this method is used to smooth out isolated fat stores and skin overlaps, particularly in the waist, abdomen, thighs and back, and it helps create a good overall body contour. Learn more about liposuction.

Buttock Augmentation

At the same time as the ‘Lower Body Lift’ which, as has already been mentioned, the buttock contour can be improved. At Southwest Plastic Surgery, a buttock augmentation procedure is typically combined with a lower body lift to improve the lower body contours and shape by enhancing buttock projection. This can be achieved with our own fat or with the use of an implant. Learn more about buttock augmentation.

After you are given a date for the surgery, you need to prepare for it. Dr. Agullo and Dr. Palladino recommend that you stop smoking at least two weeks prior to and following the surgery. This is because tobacco impedes the body’s healing process. You will also be at a higher risk of stroke, heart problems and forming blood clots. Other than that you should:

  • avoid taking anti-inflammatory drugs and aspirin
  • take a few weeks off from your employment
  • ask for the help of a friend or relative in driving you to and from the surgery and arranging for your needs such as changing your dressing and collecting your medication
  • keep old towels close to you, i.e. near your bed, in case your dressing becomes undone during the night
  • avoid shaving areas close to the treatment region to reduce the chances of infection
  • keep Neosporin, gauze and gloves to change your dressing
  • do not eat or drink after midnight on the night before the surgery

Southwest Plastic Surgery uses the best and most advanced techniques to perform lower body lift surgeries, and Dr. Agullo and Dr. Palladino will use a combination of methods, including liposuction, to give your body the amazing form it deserves.

A lower body lift can generally last between four and six hours, depending on the type of procedure and the severity of your condition. You will be given general anesthesia and the surgeon will create a circular incision around your torso and remove excess skin and fatty tissue below the incision. This will tighten your skin and your buttocks and thighs will be pulled upwards, and the underlying tissues will be tightened as well.

After that, you may undergo either an abdominoplasty or a thigh lift depending on which part of your body requires more attention, and this will of course have been discussed between you and your surgeon. The incisions will then be closed using a combination of sutures and skin adhesives, and they will be hidden by your regular clothing. While most candidates can have the procedure performed as out-patients, some may be required to spend 1 to 3 days in the hospital for monitoring.

The visibility of stretch marks and scars will be dependant, once again, on your physical characteristics. The Southwest Plastic Surgery doctors, however, will make sure that following the procedure, you will definitely be able to wear underwear, low riding jeans and swimwear without worrying about your scars being visible in public!

What are the Associated Risks of a Lower Body Lift?

Although no surgery is without possible risks, Dr. Agullo and Dr. Palladino are both board certified surgeons and they take the utmost care to ensure that their procedures are performed to the highest standards of safety and hygiene.

It is important for you to heed the advice of your surgeon as he has performed numerous similar procedures and knows what is best before and after the surgery. Your anesthesiologist will be board certified as well and the procedure will take place in an accredited surgery center or hospital. Although most patients have a normal surgery and recovery, there are certain rare risks which you should be aware of, including:

  • Hemorrhaging or excessive bleeding
  • Pneumonia
  • Infection
  • Unfavorable scarring
  • Anesthesia related complications
  • Slow healing
  • The need for further revision surgeries

How Long is the Lower Body Lift Recovery Period?

You should have a smooth recovery period by listening to the advice of your surgeon. According to Dr. Agullo and Dr. Palladino, the results of your lower body lift will be visible almost immediately, and you will feel a lot lighter and more agile, although you may have to spend one night in the hospital after the procedure. Drains will be placed in the incisions, which will take care of any accumulating fluid, and are normally removed one or two weeks after the surgery.

You will be given a compression garment which will help with any post operative swelling which might occur. You may also experience some pain for a few weeks after surgery, but it will subside. If it does not, then you should immediately consult a physician. It is also recommended to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle by walking regularly. This enhances blood circulation in the joints and improves healing.

Dr. Agullo and Dr. Palladino like to stay in touch with their patients, particularly during the recovery phase, and encourage you to come see them should the need arise! They are there to help you and although Southwest Plastic Surgery is located in El Paso, Texas, it serves cities in West Texas including Amarillo, Horizon City, Midland and Odessa. In New Mexico, the cities include, Las Cruces, Alamogordo, Albuquerque, Silver City and Ruidoso. The practice also caters to the cities of Chihuahua and Ciudad Juarez in Northern Mexico.

Lower Body Lift Costs

The exact cost of such a procedure varies greatly, so you will only get an exact figure once you have scheduled an appointment with a surgeon and discussed your goals and options. However, as a rough estimate, you can expect the procedure to cost between $16,000 – $30,000, depending on the combination of methods and techniques used, and the length of your hospital stay.