Thigh Lift and Buttock Lift
Thigh lift is surgery that removes excess skin and fat from the thighs. The goal of the procedure is to improve the appearance of the thighs by removing the "dimpled look" produced by cellulite. The patient may be given local or general anesthesia depending on the surgical plan. The surgery begins with an incision in the groin area, near the hip. After the incision is made, the plastic surgeon separates the excess skin of the inner thigh from the fat and muscle below by pulling the flap of skin upwards, then removes the excess skin and stretches the remaining skin back in place.
When the procedure is complete, the surgeon closes the incisions with small stitches and covers them with bandages. A small drainage tube may be inserted in the skin for several days to drain excess fluid from the surgery.
If necessary, liposuction can be performed as well. In some cases thigh lift and tummy tuck can be performed together. The incision does leave a scar at the hip, but it fades in time and can be hidden by a bathing suit.
(See picture on the 'Body Contouring' side)
Duration of the treatment: 2-3 hours
Hospital stay: 1 day; Proposed stay in Cyprus: 4 days after surgery
Stitch removal: 2 weeks after surgery or absorbable sutures
Buttock Lift is surgery that alter the shape, size or appearance of the buttocks
Buttock lifts often involve a combination of surgical procedures - depending on the desired result.
The surgeon will cut across the top of the buttock and, depending on the extent of the operation, sometimes along the sides as well. Crescent shaped sections of skin and fat are removed and the skin is pulled together and sewn.
The buttocks should appear higher and firmer. Buttock lifts are sometimes permanent, but the effects may be reversed as you get older or if you put on weight.
Duration of procedure: Up to 4 hours
Hospital stay: 1 night
Stitch removal: 2 weeks after surgery or absorbable threads
The Risks of Buttock Lift Surgery:
The surgery leaves permanent scars and can leave you with asymmetrical buttocks.
As with any surgery, there are risks to consider. Although the majority of patients do not experience complications, you should understand all the possible consequences of buttock lift surgery.
You will be given specific instructions that may include:
How to care for the surgical site and drains, medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection, specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health, and when to follow up with your plastic surgeon.