A thigh and buttock lift may be performed on an outpatient basis with twilight or general anesthesia. You should have someone drive you home and stay with you for at least the first night. For more extensive procedures, an inpatient stay may be required.
Your surgeon will use a pre-determined incision pattern. If at all possible, incisions are made in the natural skin folds or where clothing may conceal them. However, for more extensive procedures, the length and location of incisions will vary. For example, a procedure that lifts the entire thigh and buttocks (circumferential lower-body lift) uses extensive incisions in the buttock crease, groin, and hip. Whereas some inner thigh lifts require only short incisions.
After the incision is made, excess fat and tissue is removed surgically. Liposuction may be used to enhance the results by removing localized areas of fatty deposits. At the end of the procedure, temporary drainage tubes may be inserted to remove excess fluid and promote healing. The incisions are closed with sutures and gently wrapped with bandages.
You will receive medication for post procedure pain and specific instructions for wound care. You will wear a compression garment to help reduce swelling while you heal. Your doctor will gradually increase your activity level. It may take about a month for swelling to improve and bruising to fade. Most people can return to strenuous activities in about one to three months.
The results of your procedure are immediately visible. Your buttocks and thighs will appear firmer and toned. You can help maintain your rejuvenated new look by maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle.