A lower body lift is a surgical procedure that improves the contour of the outer thighs, hips and buttock region by combining techniques that remove excess skin and thinning out areas where fatty-tissue is disproportionate.
Who is a good candidate?
Good candidates for lower body lifts are healthy, non-smokers who feel that, despite dieting and exercise, their outer thighs, hips, and buttock region have skin overhang and fatty tissue that prevents an optimal overall aesthetic appearance. Many women are simply bothered by stretch marks that have occurred in their lower posterior torso following pregnancy or weight gain, and this procedure is traditionally able to remove a substantial amount of this over-stretched skin to give a rejuvenated appearance to the entire buttuck and hip region. Patients who have lost substantial weight following bariatric surgery or other lifestyle modifications also typically see dramatic changes in the appearance of their thighs and hips following the procedure. Futher, patients who have undergone bariatric surgery have stable weight for at least six months prior to surgery.
What is the post-operative recovery?
Patients typically benefit by allowing a full two weeks to recover from the procedure. While the procedure is outpatient surgery, the extensive nature of the procedure provides a degree of soreness that takes a week or so before patients feel more able to fully integrate themselves back into activities of daily living. Many patients elect to undergo augmentation of their gluteal shape using their own fatty tissue, which can be injected into the area where volume is desired or by utilizing the skin that would be removed as “buried” tissue that accentuates post-operative shape. Most patients are back at work by the second week following surgery although the procedure requires 5-6 weeks before patients feel as if they have fully recovered to the degree of their pre-surgical state.
How is the procedure performed?
Traditional lower body lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia in our accredited operating room. An incision is made low on the posterior torso, just above the buttock region, in a gull-wing type incision. This allows the skin excess to be removed and for buttock augmentation to be performed as necessary. The specific type of body contouring procedure that you are a candidate for will be discussed during your initial consultation with Dr. Grotting and Cohn. Lower body lift procedures are individually tailored to maximize overall contour improvement while respecting the need to minimize scarring and allow for a prompt and safe recovery.
What type of result can I expect?
Patients who undergo lower body lift typically see a dramatic result in the contour of their outer thighs, hips and buttock region. The procedure incorporates several critical components that are individually assessed to provide the most optimal result for the patient. Specifically, the procedure incorporates removal of excess skin, liposuction of hips and thighs to address skin thickness and provide optimal contour along these regions and possible fat injections to further enhance and shape overall contour. The end result is a markedly more shapely, contoured outer hip/thigh region and buttock shape with an significant improvement in skin laxity and overall contour. Liposuction is incorporated as necessary to optimize overall contour and to accentuate the overall waistline. The resultant scar typically runs across the length of the lower posterior trunk below the level of waistline. Swelling is largely dissipated during the first several weeks following the procedure, but can persist for several months. Patients are able to appreciate the dramatic change in contour immediately following the procedure, although swelling may take several months to completely resolve and to allow for appreciation of the final result.
What are the potential risk and complications?
Risks include standard aspects seen with all surgery, like bleeding and infection. Fortunately, these are rarely seen. More frequently encountered complications include things like small areas of delayed healing that may require short-courses of antibiotic ointment to assist with healing or unfavorable scarring that may benefit from steroid injections during the early post-operative period.