Inner Thigh Lift | Outer Thigh Lift | Body lift
Buttocks – Outer Thigh Lift
Dr. Schneider performs 3 different types of Butt-lifts: the brazilian, the Outer Thigh Lift / Buttlift, and the Inferior Buttocks Crease Lift, all of which are are variations of the thigh lift.
The Brazilian Butt Lift is actually a combination procedure where liposuction is performed on some other area – typically the hips above the buttocks, and then the fat is transferred by injection technique into the buttocks. This filling of the buttocks with fat enhances and shapes the entire posterior. Other areas can also have liposuction thus producing a dramatic reshaping of the torso. The procedure takes 1-3 hours to perform depending upon the number of liposuction areas treated. Patients are able to shower within 24 hours and many are able to return to work within 2-3 days.
The Outer Thigh Lift / Butt Lift is performed to actually lift and reshape both the buttocks and the skin of the upper outer thigh. This is also usually performed with the combination of liposuction and in some patients, the liposuctioned fat can be used to augment the buttocks. This outer thigh lift / butt lift procedure involves placing an incision above the buttocks that runs courses under the top of the panty line and runs from hip to hip. Usually a large segment of loose skin is removed with this process and allows Dr. Schneider to lift the buttocks, lift the loose skin of the outer thigh, improve the outer thigh cellulite, and transform the entire shape of the torso. Patient’s are able to go home the same day from the 2-3 hour thigh lift procedure and most are able to return to work activities in 7-10 days.
The Inferior Buttocks Crease Lift was initially developed by noted Brazilian surgeon Dr. Pitanguy. It is designed to tighten the bottom part of the buttocks and lift the upper part of the posterior thigh…an area that may have looseness and cellulite. The incision is actually hidden under the buttocks and it is usually a very fine unnoticeable scar. Dr. Schneider has even performed the procedure on body builders who have to show this exposed area in their competitions.
When we combine an abdominoplasty and a thigh-buttocks lift, the result is called a body lift. The abdominoplasty removes excess skin and fat from the front of the torso, liposuction of the flanks, outer thighs and hips is performed, and the buttocks-outer thigh lift removes excess skin and fat from the flanks, hips and posterior torso. This is ideal for someone who has some sagging skin in the abdomen, the outside of her thighs, and in the buttocks.
This procedure dramatically reshapes the torso circumferentially. With the body lift there are no staples or sutures that need to be removed as all sutures are dissolvable and placed in the deep tissue and under the skin. The skin edges are then gently joined with special tapes. The procedure typically takes 3-4 hours to perform in our AAAHC certified surgery center and patients are able to go home the same day. We like our patients up and walking the night of the surgery. Patient’s are able to shower within 24-48 hours after the procedure and the tapes on the skin can get wet. These tapes are removed about one week following surgery. Most patients are able to return to modified activities and work in 10-14 days.
Inner Thigh Lift
The inner thigh lift is designed to remove loose and sagging skin on the inside of thighs. Sometimes patients may see Dr. Schneider for consultation of inner thigh lift and really all they need is either a little liposuction or non-surgical Exilis. If this is all that is necessary then the recovery can be minimal or very quick. If an actual inner thigh lift is recommended, then this will lift the skin of the inner thigh and reduce the fullness of fat from the inner thigh down to the knee.
The inner thigh lift is performed with the patient asleep and it involves hiding the incision in the groin crease. From this incision, the loose skin of the region is removed and the remaining skin lifted and tightened. All the suturing is either internal or dissolvable so that no sutures need to be removed. At the same time as the thigh lift is performed, liposuction is used to decrease the volume of the fat from the inner thigh all the way down to and including the knee.
The inner thigh lift can produce a dramatic improvement in the shape and size of the inner thigh. Many patients are amazed that they may see a small gap we call the triangle of light between their thighs. The 1.5 hour thigh lift procedure is performed as an outpatient with most patients being able to return to modified activities with-in 7 – 10 days of the thigh lift.