Thigh, hip and buttock lifting are surgical procedures performed to tighten the skin of the outer thighs, buttocks, and hips. The operation removes areas of skin and fat from the upper buttock and flank areas. The remaining skin and soft tissues are reconstructed to achieve a tightening and smoothing effect. The operation is designed to help patients with loose, flabby skin that may occur from massive weight loss, weight loss following gastric banding or gastric bypass surgery, natural aging or as a result of heredity. The patient’s concerns are carefully addressed and a history and physical examination are performed. The operation generally lasts from 1 ½ to 3 hours and is performed under a light general anesthesia. The procedure is very individualized and often includes liposuction to achieve the desired results. Scars vary in position and length in order to achieve the specific desires of each patient. A compression garment is worn postoperatively for 4 to 6 weeks. Pain is mild to moderate in nature and usually well controlled with oral medication. Patients are generally asked to rest for 3 to 4 weeks before resuming normal activities.
What can a thigh or buttock lift do for me?
The desired result with these procedures is to tighten the skin and soft tissues in the thigh, hip and buttock areas, creating a more youthful appearance or to simply rid the patient of unwanted excess skin and fat.
How are these procedures performed?
The procedure varies depending upon the amount of excess skin and fat in the areas of concern. Generally, patients with youthful skin but excess fat are best managed with liposuction alone. This is performed through very small incisions which are often hidden increases or body holds. If there is excess skin it must be removed with surgery leaving a scar which will also vary depending upon the region and the complexity of the procedure. In all circumstances, every effort is made keep scaring to a minimum and to hide them along natural creases and folds.
Where is the procedure performed?
Most thigh and buttock lift procedures are performed in one of two local accredited private operating facilities on an outpatient basis. Occasionally this procedure is done in the hospital operating room and may require an overnight stay.
How long does the procedure take?
In most cases, this procedure takes 1.5 to 3 hours.
What kind of anesthesia will be required?
A light general anesthesia is the preferred method of anesthesia.
What will my thighs and buttock regions feel like after surgery?
Both areas will feel tight after surgery – this is normal. Once patients are more active in the coming days following surgery, this tightness begins to soften.
What will my thighs or buttocks look like after surgery?
Once healed, the thighs or buttocks will take on a more youthful appearance. The excess sagging tissues are removed leaving the areas treated with a more normal contour.
When can I resume my normal activities?
Most patients can return to light activity and work within 7 to 10 days following surgery. A progressive return to normal physical activity, including sports, is permitted after 4-6 weeks.
Can I have other procedures done at the same time?
Yes, patients frequently combine thigh or buttock lifting with other cosmetic procedures like breast surgery, abdominoplasty or liposuction.
Are there any risks to thigh or buttock lifting?
Generally, thigh or buttock lifting is very safe and reliable procedures. During your office consultation, Dr. Zelt will discuss with you the associated risks and complications. Fortunately, most are very uncommon and the vast majority of patients enjoy an uneventful surgery and recovery period.
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