If you have been left with loose or baggy skin around your bottom and thighs after losing a large amount of weight, a thigh and/or buttock lift could help to give you a smoother, more trim looking figure.
A thigh and buttock lift, sometimes known as a lower body lift when performed together, can deal with stubborn areas of sagging skin that you have been unable to shift through diet or exercise. It should not be considered as a way to lose weight however. It is better to have a buttock or thigh lift after you have achieved your target weight.
Excess skin and fat are removed through incisions on the thigh and/or buttocks. For an inner thigh lift the incisions will be up the inner thigh. For outer thigh and buttock lifts cuts may be made just above the buttocks.
The operation is usually performed under general anaesthetic, which means you will be asleep during the procedure. You will usually stay in hospital for one or two nights after your operation and will need to plan time off work so that you can recover at home.
As with any cosmetic procedure, it is important that you review your expectations thoroughly before you decide to proceed. Your surgeon will explain the results you can expect after a buttock or thigh lift, and will discuss the associated risks and alternatives to the procedure before going ahead.