As we get older, our buttocks and thighs may begin to droop and sag like other areas of the body, such as the breasts and stomach. Stubborn pockets of localized fat may develop as well, which do not go away despite traditional weight loss attempts such as diet and exercise. Fortunately, like these other areas, there are surgical options available for reversing these changes and restoring a tighter, firmer and more youthful appearance to the buttock and outer thigh area.
These cosmetic procedures can be performed alone, or in combination with other cosmetic procedures, such as part of a body lift or with a gluteal augmentation. When combined with other procedures, patients can achieve maximum aesthetic results and enjoy a younger and more refreshed appearance overall.
Candidates for the Buttock Lift/Outer Thigh Lift Procedure
The buttock lift / outer thigh lift procedure is ideal for candidates who are in good general health and have excess skin and tissue within the area, as a result of the natural aging process, pregnancy or significant weight loss. This procedure should not be considered an easy weight loss solution, and should be performed on patients who are close to their ideal weight, but are unhappy with the appearance of their buttocks and outer thighs.
It is important for patients to have realistic expectations in order to achieve successful results from this procedure.
Buttock Lift/Outer Thigh Lift Procedure
The buttock and outer thigh lift procedure is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. The entire procedure usually takes two to three hours to perform. Dr. Turk will place the incision across the top of the buttocks, low enough to be concealed by underwear or a bikini. This incision spreads along the back from one hip bone to the other.
After the incision is made, excess skin and fat are removed from the buttocks and thighs. This may be done using liposuction if there is a large amount of fat to be removed. The skin is then stretched to position the buttocks and thighs into their new position, and the area is sutured closed. Compression garments are usually applied to help reduce swelling and expedite the healing process. Some patients may need to stay overnight after this procedure, while others can leave shortly after the effects of anesthesia have worn off.
What are the risks involved with a buttock/thigh lift?
Buttock/thigh lift surgery is a safe procedure, but it is involved. As with any surgery, there are risks of infection, poor wound healing, accumulation of fluids, and skin loss. With thigh lifts, other possible side effects can be asymmetry of your legs and numbness or changes in skin sensation in the surgery areas. In some cases, tissue sagging will not be fully alleviated, or patient expectations may merit a secondary procedure to fine-tune the contour of your thighs.
Any risks involved with these procedures are mitigated by the board-certified training, expertise, and experience of Dr. Turk and our team at Naples Cosmetic Surgery.
How can I prepare for a buttock/thigh lift?
These are major surgeries with Dr. Turk, so you’ll need to prepare as you would for any surgery. You’ll stop taking any blood thinners, anti-inflammatory medication, aspirin, and most herbal supplements for one week prior to your procedure. If you smoke, you’ll need to stop for at least two weeks before and after your surgery. You won’t eat or drink anything after midnight on the eve of your surgery.
Most of your preparation should be geared to when you get home. You’ll need to be on bed rest for up to seven days. This helps avoid putting any pressure on your thigh tissue. You won’t be able to climb stairs, do any squatting, or perform any strenuous activity of any sort. For the first few days, walking will only be to the bathroom.
So, that’s where your planning needs to focus. You want to make an ultimately comfortable recovery nest, complete with loads of pillows, blankets, good books, and any other entertainment you need.
You also need to call in the calvary. This is not time to “tough it out” or to push your recovery; that will only prolong your recovery and possibly impact your results. You’ll need help with the kids, cooking, anything around the house.
These are involved surgeries with Dr. Turk, but if you respect your recovery and don’t overdo things, you’ll love your results. Preparation is a big part of this.
Are buttock/thigh lift painful recoveries?
The pain associated with recovery after a buttock/thigh lift is more of a soreness across your incisions and where Dr. Turk has tightened and repositioned tissue. Your bottom and thighs will be supported in a soft compression garment to help limit swelling and bruising. This garment provides support that also helps to minimize any movement, limiting pain.
What is recovery like after a buttock/thigh lift?
Recovery from a buttock/thigh lift generally requires around three weeks. You’ll need some patience. Due to the tissue removal and re-draping, it’s advised to consider bed rest for up to seven days. This helps avoid putting any pressure on your thigh tissue, and speeds recovery. Climbing stairs, squatting, or any strenuous activity of any sort is out of the question. Unlike most surgeries, you can’t immediately start walking after this procedure. Housework, cooking, all of that is out of the question.
You’ll have bandages and compression garments on your thighs. The compression garments will initially hold your sutured incisions tightly in place. Then as your recovery progresses, they will help your thighs and buttocks adapt to their new slimmer contours. You’ll wear your compression garments for one full month. Dr. Turk will stress the importance of this part of your recovery.
You can’t sit for two weeks, to keep pressure off your sutures. After one week, you’ll be allowed to walk around the house, but driving is out for at least three weeks. After about six weeks you can resume your normal activities.
Thigh lift recovery is not the time to push things. If you follow Dr. Turk’s recovery instructions and let your incisions and thigh tissue heal without stress, this will pay benefits in the long run.
When will I see my results from my buttock/thigh lift?
As you would assume, you’ll have immediate results, but they will be hidden somewhat due to bruising and swelling. Plus, you’ll be wearing your compression garments. You will need some patience here, as the tissue repositioning can cause some enduring swelling. Some patients may take up to a full year for their thighs and buttocks to fully recover. But when the swelling has passed and your scars have started to fade, you’ll notice slimmer, younger-looking thighs with great contour. And your droopy backside will be a thing of the past.
Will I need another buttock or thigh lift in the future?
These surgeries with Dr. Turk are intended as single events. Your results described above are permanent. What’s important here is to make some lifestyle changes to preclude the weight gain and subsequent sagging skin that necessitated this surgery in the first place. In most cases, patients are so thrilled with their slimmed outer thighs and buttocks that they work to keep their results looking great. As long as you don’t gain a large amount of weight, there isn’t any way you should need a second buttock/thigh lift down the road.
Can I combine a thigh lift with other body contouring procedures?
Buttock/thigh lifts are often done in combination with a tummy tuck, although it’s really just an extension. For instance, if Dr. Turk is combining a tummy tuck with an outer thigh lift, that can also be referred to as an extended tummy tuck, as the incision extends out around the flanks. If Dr. Turk completes the incision circumferentially, a buttocks lift can be a part of the contouring, as well. These combined procedures can also be called a lower body lift.
Liposuction is already a part of most buttock/thigh lifts, at least to some degree, but it can be added on another location, such as the lower abdomen.
If you’d like to extend the skin tightening and contouring of your buttock/thigh lift, you should discuss this with Dr. Turk during your consultation. He can walk you through what would be possible and what may not be a good idea. It’s a good time to combine procedures, as your relatively involved recovery with the buttock/thigh lift won’t be changed much with these extensions.
Schedule A Buttock Lift/Outer Thigh Lift Consult In Naples!
If you are interested in learning whether the Buttock Lift/Outer Thigh Lift surgery is right for you, or if you wish to determine whether you are a candidate for the procedure, call (239) 316-1689 to speak with our Naples office today! You can also fill out the form in our contact page and our staff will help you set up your meeting. Dr. Andrew Turk looks forward to serving you!