Unlike other surgical procedures, the thigh/buttock lift can address tissue laxity in the medial and lateral areas of the thigh, along with sagginess of the buttocks. In this procedure, excess skin and tissue are tightened and lifted, which can dramatically improve the contour and appearance of your lower body. By making incisions that pass from the back, around the hips, to the front of the thighs, the thigh/buttock lift removes loose skin and underlying fat tissue. This allows for suspension of the remaining tissues to stretch and smooth the lower body, especially the buttocks and thighs. While the surgery begins from the back, it requires repositioning during the procedure in order to address the hips, outer thighs, and front of the thighs. A thigh/ buttock lift can be combined with abdominal skin tightening, if needed. In order to determine if a thigh/buttock lift is an appropriate option for you, a consultation with Dr. Sati, MD, is highly recommended.

 

About the procedure:

The thigh/buttock lift is performed under general anesthesia and takes four to six hours. While smaller procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis, most patients undergoing a full thigh/buttock lift stay in the hospital overnight.

 

Post- operative instructions:

  • Following the operation, you will wake up with a compression garment. Underneath the compression garment there may be two drainage tubes.
  • The drainage tubes will remain in place for at least one week, during which you will empty and record the drainage from them, which Dr. Sati, MD, will instruct you on beforehand. These records must be brought to your follow-up appointment.
  • Occasionally, patients complain of nausea following the operation. This generally passes after 24 to 48 hours, and is minimized by consuming liquids frequently and avoiding taking pain medication on an empty stomach.
  • Once home, you may get up to use the bathroom or to take a light walk around the house.
  • When taking pain medication, exercise caution in the home, particularly when performing tasks like climbing stairs.
  • The compression garment must stay in place for two days, after which you may remove it to shower. To avoid dizziness, remove the garment while lying in bed. It is important to have someone assist you in the shower, in case you feel faint. Secure the drainage tubes before showering (some patients have a family member or friend hold the drains).
  • With the exception of showering, the compression garment must be worn at all times, day and night, for four weeks after the procedure.
  • It is best to rest and sleep on your back, with your head elevated. Some patients find added comfort by placing a pillow under their knees and calves.
  • You will be able to resume driving after one or two weeks depending on how you feel, though it should be avoided when taking pain medication, which causes drowsiness. Light exercise, such as walking or using a stationary bike, may be resumed after at least two weeks. Heavy exercise and heavy lifting are not permitted for at least six weeks after the procedure.

 

The healing process:

  • Unlike more limited plastic surgery operations, a thigh/buttock lift involves a careful recovery.
  • Following the procedure, the skin will be swollen, bruised and sore. Pain medication may be used as prescribed whenever experiencing discomfort. Swelling and bruising will take several weeks or longer to subside.
  • Most patients require two weeks off work.
  • The incision may be raised, red and hard to the touch for several months. The scars will soften and fade over time.
  • The final results of the procedure can be judged six months to one year after the operation.

 

Follow-up appointments:

  • First follow-up: One week after the operation (at which time the bandages will be removed, your drainage record will be reviewed and Dr. Sati, MD, will decide if the drainage tubes are ready to be removed)
  • Second follow-up: Three weeks after the operation
  • Subsequent appointments will be scheduled on a case-by-case basis with Dr. Sati, MD.