What is a Thigh Lift & Buttock and Outer-Thigh Lifts?

What is Thighplasty?

Thighplasty (thigh lift) is performed to tighten the skin of the thighs, with the goal being to produce slim, contoured thighs that look proportionate to the rest of the body. Thighplasty may be performed alone, or in combination with other cosmetic procedures, such as liposuction, that slim the lower body. Candidates for thighplasty are in good general health, but have excess skin and/or tissue on their thighs as a result of aging, pregnancy or significant weight loss.

Thighplasty is not considered a procedure for losing weight; it is performed only on those who are close to their ideal weight but unhappy with the appearance of their thighs.

what is The Thighplasty Procedure?

There are three types of thighplasty: inner, bilateral and medial. An inner thighplasty targets the lower part of the inner thigh; a medial thighplasty targets the upper part of the inner thigh; and a bilateral thighplasty targets the front and outside of the thigh.

Inner and medial thighplasties are usually performed on an outpatient basis, but a bilateral one may require a one- or two-night stay in the hospital. Performed under general anesthesia, inner, medial and bilateral thighplasties all require an incision where the thigh and pubic area meet. The medial thighplasty’s incision then extends over the hip and around to the crease in the buttock; the bilateral’s extends downward and around the back of the thigh. In all cases, skin and/or fat is removed; underlying tissue is reshaped and tightened with support sutures; and the remaining skin is lifted and smoothed, and sutured into place at the incision site. Drains may be placed to keep fluid from building up; if so, they are removed after a few days. Surgery typically takes 2 to 3 hours. Postsurgery, a compression garment is worn to minimize swelling and promote healing.

what is the Recovery From Thighplasty?

Bruising, swelling and soreness are common after thighplasty; pain medication and anti-inflammatories are typically prescribed. Bruising and swelling are usually gone within a month. Patients can return to work within 7 to 10 days, and resuming most physical activity is permissible at 4 to 6 weeks. Although there are scars, they are hidden in the body’s natural creases, and will fade over time.

what are the Risks Of Thighplasty?

In addition to the risks associated with surgery and anesthesia, those related to thighplasty include the following:

  • Asymmetry
  • Fat necrosis
  • Skin loss or discoloration
  • Numbness
  • Loose skin
  • Unattractive scarring

Revision surgery may be necessary to correct these types of problems.

what are the Results Of Thighplasty?

The smoother, tighter contours provided by thighplasty are apparent almost immediately, although in many cases they are significantly obscured by swelling. Thighplasty’s results are long-lasting, as long as patients do not gain significant amounts of weight.

what is a Buttock And Outer-Thigh Lift?

Aging or significant weight loss often causes buttocks and thighs to sag, even on someone who maintains a healthy weight and exercises regularly. Buttock and outer-thigh lifts are surgical options for tightening, firming and contouring the buttocks and the outer portion of the thighs.

Although a buttock lift and outer-thigh lift can be performed separately, they are often performed together because the buttocks and outer thighs typically have the same issues. Ideal candidates, aside from having excess skin and tissue in their buttocks and outer thighs, are in good general health, do not smoke, and have realistic expectations about the procedures’ outcomes. Not considered weight-loss solutions, these lifts are performed only on those who are not significantly overweight.

what is the Buttock And Outer-Thigh-Lift Procedures?

A buttock lift and outer-thigh lift are performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. For the buttock lift, an incision is made across the top of the buttocks; it runs from one hip bone to the other. It is made low enough, however, to be concealed by underwear or a bikini. For the outer-thigh lift, an incision is made in the groin area.

In both cases, excess skin and fat are removed. Liposuction may be performed. Support sutures are placed deep within the underlying tissue, and skin is redraped to accommodate the new contours. The incisions are then sutured closed. Compression garments are usually applied to help reduce swelling and expedite the healing process. Some patients need to stay overnight after the procedures, while others can leave shortly after the effects of anesthesia have worn off.

what is the Recovery From Buttock And Outer-Thigh Lifts?

After a buttock lift and outer thigh lift, swelling, soreness and bruising that last for up to a month is typical. Pain can be controlled with prescription medication. Most patients return to work and regular activities after about 2 weeks, but must avoid strenuous exercise for at least 4 weeks. Although visible, scars will fade over time.

what are the Risks Of Buttock And Outer-Thigh Lifts?

In addition to the risks associated with any surgery, risks related to buttock and outer-thigh lifts, include the following:

  • Numbness or changes in skin sensation
  • Skin discoloration
  • Fluid accumulation
  • Unattractive scarring

It is also possible that revisional surgery may need to be performed.

Results Of Buttock And Outer-Thigh Lifts
Post-surgery, the buttocks and outer thighs have trimmer contours, and their skin is tighter and smoother. Surgical results are long-lasting, as long as no significant weight loss occurs.

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