If you have experienced a loss of skin elasticity of the thigh, hip, or buttock areas, or if your skin area is saggy, has an “orange peel,” flabby and/or dimpled appearance, you are a good candidate for this procedure. You can achieve a tighter, more attractive thigh and buttock skin, improved contours and decreased irregularities in skin surface.
This procedure is performed under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis unless otherwise advised by Dr. Fisher and he will show you what procedures are available to solve your particular problem. Wide variations in the design of the incisions to meet clothing or personal desires are possible.
Lifting the inner thighs requires only short incisions extending from the anterior part of the thigh/groin crease around to the buttock crease. Lateral or anterior thigh lifts can be performed as separate procedures if desired.
Lifting the entire thigh and buttock (circumferential lower body lift) will require much longer incisions that start in the buttock crease, extend around the groin, up over the side of the abdomen, over the flank and across the back. The buttocks can be lifted with upper or lower scars.
You are placed in a compression garment (similar to a long-line elastic support girdle) at the end of surgery to reduce swelling and assist in the natural shrinking and tightening of the skin. For smaller thigh lifts, initial discomfort is usually easily controlled with prescription pain medication. For larger thigh lifts, one or two nights care in a skilled nursing facility or hospital are usually required. This allows for pain injections, intravenous catheters, etc. Bruising and swelling usually subside within a month, strenuous activities are usually possible in 6 weeks and almost all symptoms are gone in 4 to 6 months.
Additional procedures that may enhance the result include Liposuction/Liposculpture, Breast Enlargement and Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty).