The thigh or buttock lift can produce fantastic results by creating tighter, more attractive contours. It is particularly useful for patients who have experienced a loss of skin elasticity or have dimpled skin in the thigh, hip and buttock areas.
An inner thigh lift procedure requires only short incisions extending from the anterior part of the thigh/groin crease around to the buttock crease. Performing an entire thigh or buttock lift requires much longer incisions that start in the buttock crease, and extend around the groin, up over the side of the abdomen, over the flank and across the back. Once the incisions are made, excess skin is lifted upward and removed. Dr. Henry is sensitive to the placement of the resulting scars from such cosmetic surgery procedures. As a result, Dr. Henry will discuss a wide variety of thigh and buttock lift incision placements available to meet personal or clothing needs.
The thigh or buttock lift procedure is performed under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis unless otherwise advised by the surgeon. After the thigh or buttock lift procedure is complete, the patient is placed in a compression garment to reduce swelling and assist in the natural tightening of the skin. While initial discomfort associated with smaller thigh or buttock lifts is easily controlled with prescription pain medication, larger thigh or buttock lifts may initially require one or two nights of care in a skilled nursing facility or hospital. Bruising and swelling, the most common side effects of thigh and buttock lifts usually subside within a month; strenuous activities may generally be resumed within six weeks.
Additional cosmetic surgery procedures that may enhance thigh or buttock lift results at Dr. Henry’s San Francisco Bay Area centers include liposuction (or liposculpture), breast enlargement, and tummy tuck (abdominoplasty).
For more information on thigh and buttock lift procedures in San Francisco and the Bay area, contact Dr. Kimberly A. Henry’s offices in Davis, Greenbrae, and Petaluma.
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