Have you been working hard exercising and eating right but not seeing the desired results? Obtaining optimal results in the thigh and buttocks area can be extremely difficult – especially with aging and the loss of skin elasticity. So how do you know which procedure may be best for you? We recommend consulting with your plastic surgeon on your desired results to determine which procedure is best for you and your body.
A thigh lift and a butt lift are similar plastic surgery procedures in the way that both discard excess skin and underlying tissues. Both procedures are the most suitable plastic surgery options for patients that crave a more youthful and toned looking appearance. However, if your goal is weight loss, your plastic surgeon will most likely recommend maximizing diet and exercise until you are close enough to your goal weight prior to a thigh lift or possibly liposuction alone. A thigh lift could be the recommended route if you want to improve the appearance of your thighs. A butt lift is a simple procedure to perfect the look and shape of the buttocks.
The Butt Lift or “Buttock Lift”
Are you happy with your current body weight and looking to tighten and enhance your buttocks and outer thighs? Experts at Perimeter Plastic Surgery will remove the excess skin and fat to improve the look of your outer thighs and buttocks. This is often done in patients who have already had or can be combined with a tummy tuck. The procedure uses a combination of liposuction and removal of excess skin and fat to give a better contour and profile to the outer thighs and buttock areas. This can be done as an outpatient procedure and takes about two hours.
The Thigh Lift
Also known as a medial thigh lift, this procedure is designed for patients who have excess skin in the inner thighs. This is often combined with liposuction to the area to thin excess fat and then the excess skin is removed either with a groin scar concealed in the groin crease or a vertical scar along the inner thigh depending on the amount and location of the excess skin. This can be done as an outpatient and takes about two hours.
Once you are satisfied with your procedure, it is important to recover properly. After a thigh lift, it is common to feel sore and notice bruising and swelling. With both lifts, you may experience irritation and soreness. Our experts at Perimeter Plastic Surgery will converse with you about proper medications to take for the pain. Wearing compression garments will assist in the tightening of the skin in both areas. After receiving a thigh lift, it can be as long as three to five weeks to notice the swelling and soreness to go down. After receiving a butt lift, you will be instructed to avoid sitting down for at least one week. The swelling may take up to six weeks to go down with a butt lift.
Realistically, loose or sagging skin may not be limited only to the thigh area, and for that reason, thigh lifts are often combined with other body contouring procedures to address sagging skin in those areas (buttocks, tummy, arms, etc.). Procedures often combined with thigh lifts include arm lifts, breast lifts, butt lifts, liposuction or tummy tuck. Keep in mind there is a limit to how many procedures can be performed at the same time, so patients must decide which areas are most important to address. (This is for safety reasons—to ensure patients aren’t under general anesthesia for too long, and to minimize the risk of complications during surgery and recovery.) Of course, many people are primarily concerned with their thighs and choose to have only a thigh lift as a stand-alone procedure, and that is perfectly fine.
Who’s a Good Candidate?
The best candidates for thigh lifts are people with sagging or excess skin on their thighs, along with persistent fat or cellulite. Often men or women opt for a thigh lift following extreme weight loss. Generally, patients who benefit most from this procedure are people who are at a stable and healthy body weight; are in overall good health; and do not smoke. The patient should have realistic goals for his or her surgery, and be willing to cope with the recovery process after the operation.
While a thigh lift can dramatically improve the appearance of the thighs, it may not be the right solution for everyone. If you are seriously overweight, a thigh lift may not provide you with the results you need and want; a diet and exercise program may be the answer. Or, if you are primarily interested in reduction of fatty deposits, liposuction may be the best procedure for you, as it is specifically designed for removing areas of stubborn fat, and is less invasive than thigh lift surgery.