This procedure lifts the thighs and buttocks by removing a segment of skin. To lift the inner thighs, short incisions are made extending from the back of the thigh/groin crease around to the buttock crease. Lifting the entire thigh and buttock (also known as circumferential lower body lift) requires much longer incisions. These incisions are made starting in the buttock crease, then extending around the groin, up and over the side of the abdomen, over the flank and then across the back.
The remaining scar lies across the lower abdomen and just above the buttocks on the back. The major benefits to our patients are tighter buttocks, diminishing or completely removing thigh cellulite and removal of back rolls or excess back skin after losing excessive weight. A simple way to test for the result of such a procedure is to pinch the skin just above the hips on both sides while looking in the mirror.
For the first couple of days after your thigh and/or buttock lift surgery you will experience some discomfort in the lifted area but this will subside after a few days and the tightness you feel will become normal. Bruising and swelling usually lasts a couple of weeks but this depends on the patient. Being fit and healthy in the lead up to your thigh and/or buttock lift procedure will benefit your recovery. You may also need to wear compression bandages to help reduce swelling and aid in the tightening of the skin. Due to the strategic placement of the incisions, swimwear can be worn without revealing the scars. Heavy lifting and strenuous exercise should be avoided for the first 6-8 weeks.