Buttock and Outer-Thigh Lifts
Aging or significant weight loss often causes buttocks and thighs to sag, even on someone who maintains a healthy weight and exercises regularly. Buttock and outer-thigh lifts are surgical options for tightening, firming and contouring the buttocks and the outer portion of the thighs.
Although a buttock lift and outer-thigh lift can be performed separately, they are often performed together because the buttocks and outer thighs typically have the same issues. Ideal candidates, aside from having excess skin and tissue in their buttocks and outer thighs, are in good general health, do not smoke, and have realistic expectations about the procedures' outcomes. Not considered weight-loss solutions, these lifts are performed only on those who are not significantly overweight.
Buttock and Outer-Thigh-Lift Procedures
A buttock lift and outer-thigh lift are performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. For the buttock lift, an incision is made across the top of the buttocks; it runs from one hip bone to the other. It is made low enough, however, to be concealed by underwear or a bikini. For the outer-thigh lift, an incision is made in the groin area.
In both cases, excess skin and fat are removed. Liposuction may be performed. Support sutures are placed deep within the underlying tissue, and skin is redraped to accommodate the new contours. The incisions are then sutured closed. Compression garments are usually applied to help reduce swelling and expedite the healing process. Some patients need to stay overnight after the procedures, while others can leave shortly after the effects of anesthesia have worn off.
Recovery from Buttock and Outer-Thigh Lifts
After a buttock lift and outer thigh lift, swelling, soreness and bruising that last for up to a month is typical. Pain can be controlled with prescription medication. Most patients return to work and regular activities after about 2 weeks, but must avoid strenuous exercise for at least 4 weeks. Although visible, scars will fade over time.
Risks of Buttock and Outer-Thigh Lifts
In addition to the risks associated with any surgery, risks related to buttock and outer-thigh lifts, include the following:
- Numbness or changes in skin sensation
- Skin discoloration
- Fluid accumulation
- Unattractive scarring
It is also possible that revisional surgery may need to be performed.
Results of Buttock and Outer-Thigh Lifts
Post-surgery, the buttocks and outer thighs have trimmer contours, and their skin is tighter and smoother. Surgical results are long-lasting, as long as no significant weight loss occurs.