A lateral thigh tuck (buttock lift) is a popular procedure designed to reduce excess skin and reduce sagging over the outer thighs, improving contour and overall appearance of not only the lateral thighs, but also improving the contour of the flanks, love handles, and buttocks. Lateral thigh tucks have become increasingly popular as more attention is being given to the aesthetics of the buttocks and hip region rather than the breasts. I see more clients asking to improve their thigh appearance today than ever before. A lateral thigh tuck (buttock lift) can be considered an effective surgical treatment for improving the appearance of both the outer thighs, but also complements the inner medial thigh and the buttocks.

The lateral thigh tuck (buttock lift) has been developed to improve the appearance of prominent lateral thighs, sometimes referred to as saddlebags. Lateral thigh tuck surgery includes removal of all excess fat as well as removal of redundant skin not only over the lateral thighs but also the flanks and lower back. This is because the excision lines are actually placed over the lower flank and upper buttocks junction. Patients will typically complain of their lateral thighs because they are either too prominent (excess fat), making it difficult to wear jeans, or they complain that their thighs are too saggy and wrinkly, making them self conscious when wearing a bathing suit. Both of these concerns are corrected with a lateral thigh tuck , which utilizes both liposuction as well as excision of redundant skin and lifting up of the lateral thighs. This excision can be performed independently, or combined with an extended tummy tuck that wraps around to the flanks and lower back. The excision of skin redundancy in the flanks and lower back results in pulling up the lateral thighs and correcting both the droopy and cellulite appearance of the thighs.

The lateral thigh tuck surgery has surged in popularity as more attention has been provided to the aesthetics of the buttocks region. When considering any surgery to enhance the buttocks appearance, it is also very important to consider the surroundings of the buttocks as well. The surroundings include the lower back, flanks, abdomen, lateral thighs, and medial thighs. As a result, all of our buttocks augmentation patients consider a thigh tuck when aiming to optimize their buttocks augmentation results.

In order to appreciate what Dr. Mowlavi’s thigh tuck surgery can do for you, please contact our office at (949) 499-4147 for a complimentary consultation.

Procedure: Elimination of redundant skin and excess fat accumulated over the lateral thighs.
Length: 1 to 2 hours depending on the amount of soft tissue being removed.
Anesthesia: General anesthesia.
Place of Treatment: Outpatient surgical suite or hospital operating room.
Side Effects: 1) Due to extent of redundant skin excised, patients may experience temporary tightness surrounding skin incisions; 2) Temporary swelling may be noted along the lower legs that will subside over the first month; 3) Temporary numbness maybe caused by increase tension in the region; Dr. Mowlavi utilizes hydrodissection of the legs to ensure that permanent nerve injury does not occur during excision of redundant skin.
Risks: 1) Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) may occur in the legs immediately following surgery. DVT refers to the clotting off of leg veins which may result in compromised blood flow return from the legs; a more critical consequence may develop from this clot if it is dislodged and travels to the lungs causing a pulmonary emboli. Although rare, pulmonary emboli are the leading cause of death following surgery. This complication is avoided by providing intermittent pneumatic compression garments 2) Local skin infection is not uncommon in a patient who has diabetes, iron deficiency anemia (low blood count), and protein deficiency. All of these conditions are corrected well before surgery to avoid this complication.
Recovery: The recovery for lateral thigh lift surgery is as little as 2 weeks.
Duration of Results: Patients are extremely pleased with lateral thigh surgery and return of their hour glass appearance and they enjoy physical and mental confidence of showing off their thighs. Patients can expect the cosmetic results to last a lifetime as long as they avoid weight gain.

Lateral Thigh Tuck (Buttock Lift) Surgery

What does lateral thigh tuck surgery involve?

Lateral thigh tuck surgery involves removal of redundant skin and residual fat that may have resulted following weight loss over the lateral thighs. Lateral thigh lift surgery requires direct excision of redundant skin and liposuction of the residual fat located over the lateral thighs. The resulting incision is repaired using a layered plastic surgery closure that minimizes tension on the closure. Patients undergoing lateral thigh tuck surgery will enjoy a lifelong of sleek and youthful appearing lateral thighs.

Am I a good candidate for lateral thigh tuck surgery?

You are a good candidate for lateral thigh tuck surgery if you have noticed saddle bags hanging along your lateral thighs. These saddle bags can be unsightly to the point that you don’t ever go out in public pools or the beach to enjoy wearing a bathing suit.

How do I plan my lateral thigh tuck surgery?

On your initial visit, Dr. Mowlavi will evaluate your health status, determine the amount of skin redundancy and residual fat, and show your customized excision lines; You will have your blood checked to make sure that your blood count is adequate and that you clotting factors are normal. If you are a smoker, then you should quit for 1 month prior to your lateral thigh tuck surgery in order to allow your body adequate time to rid itself of any residual nicotine. Nicotine in your system results in shutting off of small blood vessels which carry nutrients to the skin; this event could be catastrophic in lateral thigh lift surgery resulting in extensive wounds requiring months to heal.

How do I prepare for my lateral thigh lift surgery?

Since your lateral thigh lift surgery will require general anesthesia, you must take several precautions prior to surgery. First, you will have to avoid eating and drinking after midnight on the day before surgery. This precaution ensures that your stomach is clear of digested foods that could potentially be aspirated and contaminate your lungs during induction of anesthesia. Since, you will have anesthetic medications administered throughout the case, you will remain groggy for some time and will require a ride to and from the surgery center. You should choose a caretaker who is conscientious and who can spend the first night with you.

What results can I expect after lateral thigh tuck surgery?

By providing you a final skin reduction procedure for the lateral thighs, we are able to obtain for you the contoured lateral thighs that you have dreamed of. Patients are extremely satisfied with their surgery and their desire to wear shorts and bathing suits. By providing a thorough preoperative workup, safe intraoperative course, and frequent postoperative visits, patients should expect a speedy recovery and return to a more aesthetically pleasing lateral thigh and buttocks contour and a enjoy more freedom with their choice in clothes.

Where will my lateral thigh tuck surgery be performed?

Since your lateral thigh tuck surgery will require general anesthesia, it must be performed in an operating room that is part of a outpatient surgery center or in an in-house office based operating room, but it is of utmost importance for patients to make sure that the office facility has been accredited by a surgical accreditation body such as AAAASF.

What type of anesthesia will be used for my lateral thigh tuck surgery?

Since your lateral thigh tuck surgery requires removal of moderate amounts of skin over the lateral thighs that are very well innervated, it will require general anesthesia. This is because skin in this area possesses a large number of sensory nerves (pain fibers) that would be triggered during cutting of the redundant skin; general anesthesia ensures that these pain fibers are shut down during the operation.

What should I expect after lateral thigh tuck surgery?

You should expect to feel sore throughout the lateral thighs in the early postoperative period. The soreness can be minimized by continuous wearing of the compression garments. In general, the compression garments should be worn for at least 2 weeks in order to prevent development of any contour abnormalities.

When will I be able to return to work following lateral thigh tuck surgery?

Patients can expect to return to work within 2 weeks following lateral thigh tuck surgery. Patients are advised to gauge their return to work by their overall soreness which dictates the tasks which they may perform.

Does everybody undergoing buttocks enhancement require lateral thigh tuck surgery?

Patients who are desiring buttocks enhancement should consider not only a buttocks augmentation but also trimming of the regions surrounding the buttocks; these areas include the lateral thighs, flanks, lower back, and inner thighs. Patients are counselled following a comprehensive evaluation of not only their buttocks proper but also the above surroundings and when indicated recommended a combination of liposuction and/or lifting procedures to complement their buttocks.

Where is the incision for a lateral thigh tuck?

The redundancy of skin and fullness of the lateral thighs is corrected with a combination of liposuction and lateral thigh tuck by using an incision located over the lower flank region. This incision line placement is strategically placed to frame your lateral buttocks region while eliminating prominent flank and love handles and lifting the lateral thighs. During you initial consultation with Dr. Mowlavi, you will have the opportunity to visualize exactly where your incision will fall; the incision is customize to your favored bikini bottoms and undergarment wear.

What steps can be taken to minimize scarring of the flanks?

We utilize an aggressive scar prevention protocol to ensure optimal incision line healing. This starts with minimizing tension of the incision line with a multi, 3 layered closure of the incision line. In addition, specialized tapes, called Steri-Strips, are applied to the incision lines which act as an external stitch without the risk of railroad tracking. Steri-strips are maintained for one month, after which, topical silicone tape and/or gel is recommended for another two months. During this recovery period, Intense Pulse Light therapy and steroid injections will be implemented when necessary.


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