Excess, sagging skin that accumulates around the hips, AKA ‘muffin tops’, is the bane of many people. Some patients find that body contouring procedures such as liposuction or tummy tuck have left them with residual hip tissue. A hip lift is designed to eliminate excess skin and tissue from the hips to provide a smoother, more contoured transition from the waist to the thighs.
Ideal candidates for a hip lift are in overall good health with realistic expectations about their procedure. Patients considering a hip lift are often unable to improve the appearance of their hips despite maintaining a healthy lifestyle. People seeking a hip lift may have:
- Previously undergone body contouring treatments
- Poor skin elasticity
- Excess tissue on the hips, lower back, and front upper thighs
- Discomfort due to excess tissue on the hips
Hip lift surgery is an outpatient procedure performed in a fully accredited ambulatory surgery facility using general anesthesia. The length of the procedure can vary, but it lasts about two hours on average.
Dr. Baker places incisions along the lower portion of the outer hips where they can easily be hidden with clothing or underwear. In some cases, the incision may extend along the lower back. Liposuction can be used in combination with your hip lift to remove excess fat and provide enhanced contouring results. Once the excess tissue is removed, the remaining skin is draped over the hips to highlight the new contour.
Dr. Baker personally cares for his patients in his office every two to three days for the first two weeks after surgery, beginning on the first day after surgery. After that, follow-up care is provided at weekly and monthly intervals until one year after surgery.
After surgery, you will experience some bruising, swelling, and redness. You will wear a compression garment to help minimize swelling and facilitate healing. Most patients can return to work after one week depending on the physical demands of the job. Your physical activities will be limited for the first two weeks. Patients can return to their normal exercise routine after three to four weeks. At this time, you should notice a major reduction in swelling and can begin to see your final results.
Skin and fat are permanently eliminated from the hips, and your new contours should be long lasting. To maintain the best results possible, you should live a healthy lifestyle that includes diet and exercise. You should maintain a stable weight to prevent stretching your now taut, smooth skin.
If you are looking to improve the contour of your hips, schedule your consultation with Dr. Stephan Baker today. Contact our office at 305.381.8837 or fill out our online contact form for additional information.