Thigh Lift, Buttock Lift, & Lower Body Lift
Written by Dr. Cross
Thigh Lift, Buttock Lift, and Lower Body Lift procedures are often very beneficial to patients who struggle to hide excess skin that has accumulated around the mid section and legs and can be used to help shape and define the buttock region. Thigh Lift, Buttock Lift, and Lower Body Lift procedures raise and reshape unsightly, sagging body contours.
During the aging process, skin loses some elasticity, causing the mid-section to lose its natural shape and firmness. This often made worse by pregnancy or after massive changes in weight, such as one experiences after weight loss surgery. These procedures can make it easier to feel comfortable in tight fitting clothing or just make it easier to exercise and perform activities of daily living. The incisions are hidden in the creases of the groin or below underpants lines. A body lift can be applied to the lower torso and upper legs including the abdomen, waist, inner/outer thighs, buttocks, and/or hips. Liposuction may also be performed in conjunction with a body lift.
The extent of recovery is determined in large part to the amount of skin and fat that must be removed and lifted. Patients typically wear a supportive garment for the first one to two weeks after the procedure. In most cases, patients can begin walking the day of the procedure. Light exercise is typically started two to three weeks after the procedure, and full exercise around four to six weeks.
Generally all the incisions are closed with absorbable sutures and after the procedure, Dr. Cross utilizes a number of strategies to help minimize the appearance of the incision during the healing process.
Reasons for Considering a Body Lift:
Reshape mid-body contour.
Correct sagging skin and fat due to aging or excessive weight loss.
Remedy weight gain and stretched skin caused by multiple pregnancies.
The precise procedure varies with each patient, depending on the body type and desired surgical outcome. Generally speaking, the body lift procedure entails making an incision that follows the upper and/or inner thigh, to the waistline. In more extensive surgeries, the incision goes completely around the waist and lower back. Adjustments to the thighs or buttocks only require an incision at the crease of the groin or upper buttocks, respectively. Excess skin is then removed, followed by the underlying fat deposits. Often, however, the excess skin and fat of the buttock and back region can be used to help create shape in the buttock region. This can help take a flat or “deflated” buttock and help give it not only less skin excess, but also, shape and firmness. Finally, the skin is pulled taught and sutured into its new configuration.
The recovery time for this procedure depends on the extent of work performed, but generally is very similar to that of a tummy tuck in the case of a body lift, and even faster in the case of thigh lifts.