Due to gravity and aging or following major weight loss, the skin through the thighs and bottom can become loose and saggy, even if you’re at a normal healthy weight and exercise regularly. A thigh lift and/or butt lift can help improve the contours of your lower body for a streamlined appearance that’s younger-looking too.
Dr. Alexander Nein is a board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in body contouring like butt and thigh lift surgery. His well-rounded background and extensive medical expertise give him the right combination of skills needed to create flattering, natural-looking cosmetic surgery results. In addition to post-weight loss body contouring, Dr. Nein offers many additional cosmetic procedures for Nashville area men and women.
If you’re ready to learn more, please contact us online today, or call 615-327-0201 to schedule your thigh lift or butt lift consultation at our Nashville plastic surgery practice. We have patients travel to us from all parts of Tennessee including Franklin, Clarksville, Murfreesboro and other communities.
Considering a Thigh or Butt Lift?
Finally reaching your goal weight, only to struggle with the lingering skin and tissue that remain behind, can feel frustrating and disheartening. Either thigh or butt lift surgery can help accentuate your weight loss efforts by better framing your figure, although neither procedure can replace healthy eating and exercise habits.
The best candidates for butt or thigh lift surgery should be in good physical and mental health overall, and should be realistic about the results you’re likely to see. Neither a thigh lift nor a butt lift will help you lose weight and your body contours will keep changing as you age to some extent, but lower body contouring can give you long-lasting results that help you look slimmer and younger, along with giving you a boost in self-confidence.
Since both the thigh lift and the butt lift are very localized procedures, Dr. Nein may suggest including additional body contouring such as a tummy tuck, or an arm lift to accentuate your upper body as well as the lower. It’s also common to include liposuction for further precision and refinement than Dr. Nein can achieve with a lift performed on its own.
Effective body contouring may include more than one procedure in order to achieve the best final results, and this means adopting a customized approach toward reaching your cosmetic goals. You can see examples of the results that are possible with a thigh lift or a butt lift in our before & after photo gallery.
|Procedure Length||2 to 4 hours|
|Anesthesia||General for surgical procedures|
|Side Effects||Some swelling, possibly accompanied by temporary loss of sensation or numbness at the incision site. Skin discoloration and bruising. Fat necrosis. Drainage tubes may be necessary.|
|Risks||Recurrent sagging, especially after pregnancy or weight gain. Adverse scarring, infection or loss of sensation are all possible. Major complications are unusual for these procedures.|
|Recovery||Back to work: 1 to 3 weeks. 4 to 6 weeks total recovery.|
|Duration of Results||5 to 10 years, dependent upon lifestyle factors like diet, exercise or pregnancy.|
Planning Your Surgery
Before your thigh/butt lift, you’ll have an in-depth consultation with Dr. Nein so you can discuss your goals for lower body contouring. Dr. Nein will go over any pertinent information related to your surgery and recovery, and will also listen to your personal hopes and any preferences you may have in terms of scar placement or surgical technique.
During your consultation, Dr. Nein will conduct a full physical evaluation in order to determine whether a thigh lift or butt lift may be the best procedure for you, or if a different cosmetic surgery may be a better option. He’ll also look at your skin elasticity, ask questions about your overall health, and may recommend adjustments in your current supplement, vitamin or prescription medication regimen. Finally, Dr. Nein will go into more detail about the specific steps he’ll take during your surgery, and provide you with information related to your recovery and results.
This time with Dr. Nein is ideal for you to ask any questions you may have about your body contouring procedure, but you can always contact us with additional concerns at any point before your surgery or during your recovery.
Your Recovery & Results
After surgery, the skin on your thighs may look shiny and feel tight due to post-operative swelling. You can expect to feel sore at your incision sites and throughout the lower body. Dr. Nein will ask you to wear a compression garment in order to help prevent swelling and fluid buildup as well as keeping you more comfortable during the earliest stages of the healing process. In some cases, post-surgical drains may also be used to help reduce swelling and fluid retention.
Your body needs time to heal into your new contours, so be sure to give yourself the rest and support you need for a stress-free recovery. Most men and women can return to work 1 to 3 weeks after either a thigh lift or a butt lift, although this timeframe may vary if other procedures were performed at the same time. You should have an idea of your final results by 4 to 6 weeks after your surgery, although you may continue seeing improvement over the next several months.
Following your thigh or butt lift surgery, your lower body should look sleeker and more defined, with an absence of droopiness in the skin. Your upper legs and bottom should feel firmer and look smoother, creating a youthful appearance that complements your natural shape.