Outer Thigh and Buttock Lift Procedures in Rochester, Rochester Hills, Oakland Township, Lake Orion, Troy, and the rest of Southeast Michigan

Outer Thigh and Buttock Lift

What is thigh lift surgery?

Thigh lift surgery reshapes the thighs by reducing excess skin and fat, resulting in smoother skin and better-proportioned contours of the thighs and lower body. A thigh lift combined with a buttock lift can greatly improve the contours and overall appearance of the lower body.

If fitness and weight control efforts have not achieved your goals for a body that is firmer, more youthful-looking and more proportionate to your overall body image, a surgical lift may be right for you.

What thigh lift surgery can’t do

Thigh lifts are not intended strictly for the removal of excess fat. Liposuction alone can remove excess fat deposits where skin has good elasticity and is able to naturally conform to new body contours.

In cases where skin elasticity is poor, a thigh lift along with liposuction may be recommended.

What is a Butt Lift?

A buttock lift is a cosmetic surgical procedure to improve the appearance of the buttocks. It may be done as part of a tummy tuck (belt lipectomy) or lower body lift to contour the buttocks, groin, thighs and abdomen. A buttock lift alone won’t add any volume to the buttocks. But sometimes, a buttock lift is combined with an augmentation procedure to alter the shape or size of the buttocks with implants or fat grafts. During a buttock lift, excess skin and fat are removed from the buttocks. The remaining skin is then repositioned to create a more toned look.

buttock lift, or gluteal lift, improves the shape and tone of the underlying tissue that supports skin and fat in the buttock area.

Aging, sun damage, pregnancy, significant fluctuations in weight and genetic factors may contribute to poor tissue elasticity that can result in sagging of the buttocks.

In order to achieve a smoother and more pleasing contour, excess sagging skin and fat are removed. A traditional gluteal lift will not make a butt larger, but may improve a dimpled, irregular skin surface. This procedure may be included in a body lift or may be performed separately.

What a buttock lift can’t do

Buttock lifts are not intended strictly for the removal of excess fat nor are they intended to add volume to the buttocks. Fat grafting, buttock implants or auto-augmentation (when some of your own tissue is left underneath the skin) can be used to add volume. Liposuction is sometimes added for better contouring.


General. You will sleep during the entire procedure.


Hospital or outpatient surgery center.


2 hours.


This is an outpatient procedure. The patient goes home the same day.


Moderate to severe. Anticipate 5-14 days of prescription pain medications.

Both are expected, but will improve within 4-6 weeks. Swelling may be reduced by keeping your legs elevated. As thigh swelling improves, you may notice swelling in your knees and ankles. Bruising improves in 10-14 days.

If drains are placed, they will be removed by Dr. Hainer or one of his staff in 3-7 days, depending on the output.

Removed in 2-4 days

All stitches/sutures are dissolvable.

You may return to work in approximately 1-4 weeks if you have stopped taking pain medication. If you are able to elevate your feet during work hours, you may return sooner. If your job requires lifting, you should wait 6 weeks to return.

May be gradually resumed in 6 weeks.

If your scars are exposed while outdoors, you should protect them with sunscreen SPF 15 or higher for at least one year to prevent permanent discoloration.

Final results are seen in approximately 6 months to 1 year after scar maturation.

Special Care

ABSOLUTELY NO SMOKING!!!!!!!! Smoking is prohibited 4 weeks prior to and at least 4 weeks after surgery to allow for proper healing and best results.