Thigh and buttock lift surgery is performed when a patient has excess skin rather than excess fat in the thighs, hips and buttocks. Patients who have lost 50 pounds or more, or older patients with pronounced wrinkling and sagging of the skin can benefit from a thigh and buttocks lift. It is designed to improve skin texture and underlying tissue that has become loose and flabby, whether due to weight loss or aging. Skin with poor elasticity will not contract with conventional liposuction, therefore, body lifting procedures may be indicated. Texture of the skin is improved by stretching the skin, thereby making the wrinkling less apparent.
Body lifting is not intended to correct obesity; patients should be at a normal or near-normal weight before surgery. Incisions for a lower body lift are made around the hips and back so that the skin of the outer thigh and buttock is lifted. It may be combined with an abdominoplasty or a medial thigh lift. While scars will fade over time and will be kept as inconspicuous as possible, body lifting necessitates long incisions that result in long scars. Every effort is made to ensure that bathing suits and undergarments will cover your scars. Normal activities can be resumed during the second week of recovery and many people can return to work in the third week after surgery.