We know through experience that the decision to have a thigh / buttock lift is generally preceded by a long decision making process. With this information we would like to help you with this process, by advising you about the procedure itself and the possibilities and risks involved in this operation. This advice, does not however, replace the need for an extensive personal consultation with your surgeon who will thoroughly address your specific questions.
When is a thigh / buttock lift useful?
What is the aim of a thigh / buttock lift?
What do I have to consider before a thigh / buttock lift (pre-operative phase)?
What do I have to consider after a thigh / buttock lift (post-operative phase)?
What are the possible risks with a thigh / buttock lift?
Which result can I expect after a thigh / buttock lift and what are the chances of success?
For legs and buttocks. Tight, smooth thighs and beautifully shaped buttocks are an expression of a sporty and active life. With age the skin loses its elasticity and slackens. While the process of ageing is genetic, each of us age differently. A loosening of the skin is also often seen after weight loss and is often combined with stretch marks. This can lead, to a greater or lesser degree, to an excess of skin and soft tissue on the inner and outer areas of the thigh. A thigh / buttock lift should only be carried out when a “stable” weight has been reached and maintained during weight loss.
The aim of a thigh / buttock lift is to remove excess skin and fatty tissue from the thighs and buttocks and to tighten the remaining soft tissue.
Procedure. An incision is made from the inner thigh on the border of the groin and pubic region. The soft tissue of the thigh are carefully mobilised, tightened and any excess skin is removed. The remaining tissue can then be thinned-out if required by liposuction, then the skin and muscle soft tissue cover is attached to the groin area. A drain is inserted to remove any fluid and the incision is closed using fine stitches and then dressed. The resulting scar is then only visible when standing. When the loosening of the skin is well developed a removal of excess skin on the inside of the thigh may be necessary which would leave a vertical scar on the inside of the thigh.
With the outer thigh lift, the incision is made below the gluteal fold, extending to the outside of the hip joint to the front in the groin.
With the buttock lift, the incision is made at the top of the buttocks along the iliac crest to the rear in the sacral area.
Type of anaesthesia. This procedure is usually carried out under general anaesthetic but can also be carried out under local anaesthetic and sedation.
On the day of the operation please do not use any oily shower or bathing products but normal soap or shower gel and your skin should not be moisturised. Shaving the outer regions of the pubic area is also advised. After the procedure a compression garment has to be worn, which can, prior to the operation be measured and fitted by us and then ordered for you. Smokers should, after a consultation with their doctor, stop smoking two weeks before the procedure as it is possible that circulation problems in the operated area could occur.
Information on general measures and the necessary preliminary examinations will be put together for you personally in a pamphlet which you will receive at your consultation.
For a few days after the procedure a dressing must be worn, then for the next 4 to 6 weeks, compression underwear must be worn at all times. Stretching should be avoided to prevent tension on the stitches and temporary bruising, swelling or a feeling of tension can also regularly occur after surgery. These changes should not worry you and should disappear within a few days.
After the surgery the risk of thrombosis is higher and therefore it is necessary to take a thrombosis prophylaxis for the next 5 to 10 days. The drain is usually removed between the 2nd and 4th day after the operation and depending on the technique; the stitches can be removed between 10 and 14 days after surgery. Showering and bathing is only allowed once the stitches have been removed. Any residual swelling can be, to a lesser extent, present for several weeks as can a loss of sensation in the skin, although this will usually return to normal.
After a lifting operation on the inner thigh, the spreading of the legs should be avoided for 6 weeks as this could tear the inner stitches. Heat sources, such as saunas, and heavy lifting, should be avoided for the first 3 months. Sporting activity is only permitted 6 weeks after the surgery and after a consultation with the surgeon. Sun protection is necessary until all bruising has faded away and until all scars have healed.
No procedure is without risk. The general risks of surgery include the possibility of bleeding, thrombosis and infection. Especially with a thigh / buttock lift, there is a risk of tearing at the wound edges caused by movement too soon or too much movement after the procedure has been carried out. Temporary repeated tapping or draining of the lymph fluid may be necessary and occasionally, because of a predisposition to excessive scarring, it may mean that further corrective surgery may be required.
Improved body contour. A thigh and/or buttock lift brings an improvement and a lifting to the contours of the legs and buttocks. The final result can be assessed after approximately 3 months.