Buttock and Lateral Thigh Lift

What is a buttock and lateral thigh lift?

Substantial weight loss, pregnancy, and age can cause the outer hips and buttocks to sag, appear deflated, and cause the flanks and lower back to look excessively large and disproportionate. A lateral thigh and buttock lift should be viewed as similar to an abdominoplasty but to the back half of the body. The skin and underlying fatty tissue is excised and the lateral thighs and buttocks are lifting and reshaped. Liposcution of the flanks and lower back is almost always a part of this procedure to help improve the final contour.

At other times, patients who have undergone an abdominoplasty in the past, still feel the flanks and lower back are quite disproportionately full. These areas can be address with a buttock and lateral thigh lift.

The Surgery

A buttock and lateral thigh lift is typically done using general anesthetic although it may also be done under a regional or epidural anesthetic. It takes 3 hours and no overnight stay is required. Only dissolvable sutures are used and a compression garment is applied at the end of the procedure. There are two drains used to prevent fluid from accumulating.

After Your Surgery

Here are some things to expect following your surgery:

  • You will have two drains in place to prevent any fluid from accumulating underneath the skin (called a seroma).  These drains are typically in place for 2-5 days and are easy to manage.
  • A compression garment is worn for 4 weeks at all times (other than showering).
  • Dry dressings are changed once daily.
  • Patients usually require 1-2 weeks of downtime and are to avoid strenuous exercise for 4-6 weeks.
  • The final scar is located at the top of the buttock and is well hidden by clothing