Thigh / Buttocks Lift

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Thigh (Buttock) Lift Overview

A thigh lift removes excess skin and fat from the thigh and buttock area while lifting and re-draping the skin for a more contoured appearance. After major weight loss or due to aging and gravity, people often experience significant pockets of excess skin along their buttocks and thighs. Even when weight loss happens gradually, the skin may not retract as fat cells decrease in size. Not only is excess skin unsightly, it can also hinder physical activity and can cause hygiene problems. With all the work you’ve put into losing weight and becoming healthy, you deserve to have a body you can show off and be proud of. A thigh lift can restore shape and contours to your lower body, allowing you to move freely and wear shorts or skirts without caution or embarrassment.

Losing a considerable amount of weight requires hard work and discipline even if you had medical help along the way. Looking your best once the weight is shed should be your reward. Keeping the weight off and being active are necessary for your health. Feeling confident and attractive in sports clothes can help to keep you motivated and inspired to workout regularly and to eat well.

When you use 1800mySurgeon, you are assured of making an informed decision because all of our Plastic Surgeons are prescreened and continually monitored. The qualified patient coordinators at 1800mySurgeon are prepared to help you find Plastic Surgeons in your area, who specialize in thigh lift surgery, or we can provide a background check on any surgeon.

Having Realistic Expectations for a Thigh or Buttock Lift

Being honest with yourself about how your body will change and how those changes will affect your life is important. Disappointment may happen, especially if you believe surgery will fix your life problems, save your marriage or cure depression. Having a thigh lift will enhance the shape of your thighs. Having a more attractive appearance may boost your self-confidence, but that won’t change who you are or the way other people feel about you.

Questions to Ask Your Prospective Surgeon

Once you’ve made an appointment for a consultation, take the time to prepare a list of questions and concerns you want to address with your prospective surgeon. The consultation is your opportunity to assess the surgeon as much as it is their opportunity to determine your candidacy for the procedure. Take your time, be thorough and know that you are never required to commit to a procedure or a surgeon because you’ve had a consultation, even if the consultation is free.

Inner thigh lifts differ from full circumference thigh lifts, which will also lift the buttocks. Some surgeons will use different techniques to achieve a successful thigh lift. You want to make sure that you choose a surgeon whose work you admire. You will be able to see the outcome of some of their surgeries by looking at before-and-after pictures. Have the surgeon thoroughly explain their procedure and why they value a certain technique more than others.

Make sure to speak to the anesthesiologist before you schedule a surgery, and inform them of any allergies or reactions you have to any medications. Make sure to tell both your surgeon and the anesthesiologist if you have any pre-existing medical conditions.

This list of information may help you compile your questions and may encourage you to do some further research on the many different aspects of thigh lift surgery:

  • Where will incisions be placed and what will the scars look like?
  • Will you need an inner thigh or full circumference lift? Ask your surgeon to explain the differences and the benefits and risks of each.
  • How should you prepare for recovery?
  • How long will recovery take?
  • Will you be able to walk or drive after the surgery?
  • Will you need to arrange for assistance to and from your follow up appointments?

If you’re consulting with a surgeon from 1800mySurgeon, you can rest assured that you will be meeting with a qualified Buttocks Lift Surgeon. If you already have a surgeon in mind, our qualified patient coordinators can also perform a background check before you schedule your consultation. Most importantly, always trust your instincts during the consultation. The success of your surgical experience will be based on how you feel about your surgeon, the surgery, your recovery and your result.

Thigh Lift Recovery

Thigh lift recovery will vary depending on the extent of your surgery, the amount of skin and fat removed, the type of incision, and the length of time your are sedated. Most thigh lift patients must spend at least one night in the hospital and some patients will need to spend up to three nights.

Your incisions will be sutured and bandaged. In some cases, drains will be used beneath your sutures to allow excess fluids to drain away from the incision site. Fluid build up can impede the healing process, and drains also help reduce swelling and fluid retention.

There might be pain and discomfort for the first three to five days after surgery. Your surgeon should prescribe an appropriate pain reliever and antibiotics for your recovery.

You will need to start walking the day after your surgery to prevent blood clots from forming, to help with circulation and to help with the healing process. This can be uncomfortable for the first few days.

You will be given a compression garment which will help support the lifted and re-draped skin. The compression garment should be worn for at least three weeks.

Your surgeon will give you specific instructions for resuming physical activities based on the extent of your surgery and the progress of your recovery. Most patients have to avoid strenuous activities for at least three weeks.

Making a commitment to recovery is important with thigh lift surgery. Undue stress on the sutures can cause thick, ropy scars. Walking is important for your health and safety. Over exertion can be dangerous and can complicate your final result. Always follow your surgeon’s directions during recovery.

Thigh Lift Surgery Risks

Any surgical procedure carries certain risks and the possibility of complications, infection, and adverse reaction to the anesthesia. Full circumference thigh lifts can be lengthy procedures, which increases the risks of complications from anesthesia. Make sure your surgeon addresses all of your questions and concerns to your satisfaction.

During your consultation, you will want to ask your surgeon about the following risks:

  • Thigh lifts can take up to six hours. If the procedure will be long, how will that increase the risks of surgery?
  • What is the risk of blood clots?
  • Based on your age or your health after major weight loss, are there any additional risks to your heart or other organs from this procedure?

It is important to remember that no surgeon can guarantee your satisfaction with thigh lift surgery nor can they deny any risk factors. No matter how rarely risks occur, every surgery carries a certain amount of risk, and you have to decide for yourself if your potential desired result is worth the risk.

Long Term Results of Thigh Lift Surgery

You will see some results immediately, though your thighs and buttocks will continue to improve for many weeks. You may not see the final result until six months after your surgery. Excess skin and fat removal are permanent, but the remaining skin will continue to age and may continue to sag.

Since fat cells do not reproduce in the human body, removal of fat cells is permanent. Because remaining fat cells will continue to expand, weight gain in other areas of the body is still possible without proper diet and exercise.

Choosing Your Surgeon

At 1800mySurgeon, we are here to help you make an informed decision. One of the most important aspects for a successful outcome of your procedure is to choose the right surgeon, therefore all of our Plastic Surgeons are prescreened and continually monitored. We can help you find Plastic Surgeons in your area, who specialize in thigh lift surgery, or we can provide a background check on any surgeon.