& Butt Lifts
As we age, many of us experience a loss of skin elasticity in the thigh, hip, buttock or upper arm areas. This can be compounded for those who have undergone significant weight loss. Massive weight loss patients are often left with bulky, hanging skin that causes numerous physical and emotional problems.
Body contouring procedures that remove excess skin, such as thigh lifts, butt lifts and arm lifts, can help people achieve a dramatically improved appearance and enjoy increased comfort when engaging in physical activity.
Arm, Thigh and Butt Lifts at a Glance
The Best Candidates
Many people experience low self-esteem and increased self-consciousness because of this loose skin and it often makes shopping for clothes, wearing a bathing suit, or even wearing shorts an unpleasant experience. Often as part of a surgery after weight loss for Walnut Creek and Danville patients, Dr. Eric Mariotti performs thigh lift, butt lift and arm lift surgery to tighten skin and slim contours.
Each person’s reasons for having these body contouring surgeries will be a little different. Dr. Mariotti will work with you at your consultation to come up with a surgery plan that suits your individual goals.
What to Expect
Dr. Mariotti performs arm lifts on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. The incision length and location will depend on the amount of excess skin to be removed. Using his patients’ input about their lifestyle and goals for surgery, Dr. Mariotti typically places the incision either on the inside of the arm or along the back of the arm. For those who have lost a substantial amount of weight and are having breast enhancement surgery at the same time, Dr. Mariotti may suggest connecting the arm and breast incision to get rid of unwanted skin just below the armpit at the same time.
During a thigh lift or butt lift, the skin of the thigh is stretched and the excess is removed with the scar well hidden in the groin crease. In cases of massive weight loss or a large amount of excess skin, the incision may be placed along the inner aspect of the thigh. Dr. Mariotti often uses liposuction to smooth the edges and reduce the volume of the thigh.
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After Your Procedure
For the first week following surgery, you should engage in only light activity with no bending or lifting. While each case is individual, thigh lifts, butt lifts and arm lifts require a one to two week recovery period before you can return to work. During this recovery period, you will experience some swelling and bruising. You can expect to resume vigorous exercise in approximately 4 to 6 weeks.
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Arm, Thigh & Butt Lift FAQs
The average cost of an arm, thigh and butt lift individually will depend on many factors. There is your surgeon’s fee, the cost of anesthesia, operating room fees and other associated costs. If you combine body lift procedures together, the total cost will be less than if you were to have each procedure performed individually.
We are happy to discuss financing options with you during your consultation to help make your procedure as affordable as possible.
Start with online research to find board-certified plastic surgeons in your area who offer these procedures and who have ample experience with them. Look at before and after photos available online, read customer reviews and ask around to friends and family who may know of this plastic surgeon. Once your preliminary research is done, schedule a consultation with one or two of your top picks to get a better feel for how well this plastic surgeon may match your needs and preferences.
These types of body lift procedures are generally good solutions for men and women who have loose or excess skin in these areas of the body. An arm lift, for example, can remove excess skin that creates the look of “batwings” on your upper arms. Butt lifts are slightly different, as they also add volume to this area.
Yes, many people choose to combine one or more body lift treatment into a single procedure. However, this will depend on factors the types of procedures you’d like to include, your goals and expected recovery. For example, a combination butt lift and tummy tuck can make recovery a challenge, since you will need to rest and sleep on your sides only — not your stomach or back.
Arm, thigh and butt lifts are typically performed under general anesthesia, so you shouldn’t feel any pain or discomfort during the procedure itself. Afterward, it is not uncommon to experience side effects such as tenderness, swelling and bruising. These can be managed with pain mediation and following proper aftercare guidelines, which Dr. Mariotti will provide and discuss with you.
The recovery time for body lifts will vary based on the specific procedure(s). Generally speaking, you can expect to take around 1 to 2 weeks off work as you recover and you will need to limit physical activity for around 4 to 6 weeks.
You should be able to notice an immediate improvement in your body shape following an arm, thigh or butt lift. However, swelling and bruising during the initial stages of recovery can camouflage these results, so you can expect to see a gradual improvement over the coming weeks and months as your body continues to heal.
*Information for education only, not meant as a guarantee of results. Your results may vary. Unless otherwise noted, images on this site are of models.