Many patients seek a thigh/buttock lift, also known as thigh plasty, to tighten the inner thigh and buttock area. An ideal candidate will be in good shape but have excess skin and/or fat that does not respond to dieting or excersise.
The thigh/buttock lift procedure may last between two and four hours depending on the amount of surgery to be completed. There can be two parts to this procedure: inner thighplasty or outer thighplasty. These procedures are often performed in conjunction with a tummy tuck.
To begin, general anesthesia will be administered and tumescent liposuction performed to remove excess fat. Incisions are customizable, but generally begin in the inner thigh and extend around the buttock crease for the inner thigh plasty.
The incision for the outer thigh and buttock lift is longer and begins in the buttock crease, runs around the groin to the other side of the abdomen before ending back in the crease of the buttock. Once incisions are made, excess fat inside the thigh and buttocks are removed and the skin is lifted. Incisions will be sutured and sterile dressings applied.
Your initial consultation is extremely important. It is essential that you discuss your expectations with your surgeon. Be prepared to provide your medical history and inform your surgeon of any vitamins and medications (including over-the-counter) that you are taking. Make sure to tell your surgeon if you smoke, have uncontrolled high blood pressure, allergies, blood clotting problems, or the tendency to form excessive scars because these problems can affect the outcome of your surgery.
Work: Most patients are back to work within ten to fourteen days. If your job requires for you to lift heavy objects, you may need to wait four to eight weeks before returning to work.
Swelling and Bruising: Swelling is visible immediately after surgery and will gradually disappear after four to six months. If excessive swelling occurs contact your surgeon immediately. Bruising is minimal, but may last up to four weeks.
Scars: Incisions are placed to be hidden when wearing underwear and swimsuits. Over time, weight of the inner thigh tends to pull the scars downward.
Showering: You may shower per your physician’s instructions.
Discomfort: Discomfort varies depending on the amount of surgery performed, but is generally minimal and ranges from two to three days. When needed, take the pain medication prescribed by your surgeon. If discomfort persists, contact your surgeon immediately.
Recovery: Walking is encouraged after a day or two, but sitting is discouraged. Move as carefully as possible to avoid stress to the incisions. If you are lying down, change positions frequently. After each bowel movement, shower and wash the pelvic girdle with soap. After drying, use the ointment prescribed by your surgeon to coat the incision. This helps prevent infections. Drains, if placed, will be removed after several days. Bleeding is common. If heavy bleeding is noted, apply firm pressure and call your surgeon immediately. The garment applied after surgery should not be removed until you are instructed by your surgeon.
Results: Each patient heals and scars differently. It is vital to keep in mind that the results of this procedure vary from patient to patient. However most patients will enjoy their final result within six to twelve months.