Arm, thigh and buttock lifts are surgical techniques to eliminate loose and sagging skin. Lift surgery can be performed under local anesthesia, along with intravenous sedation, or general anesthesia depending on your health, the extent of the procedure, and whether you are having other procedures at the same time.
For an arm lift, incisions are made on the inner and under surface of the arm, often in a zigzag pattern. The surgical opening may run from the armpit to as low as the elbow. As the excess skin and fat is removed, the remaining skin is stretched and sutured into place and the incisions are bandaged. An arm lift usually takes about two hours.
For thigh lifts, excess skin is lifted and removed through incisions made in the inner thigh and/or high upper outer thigh. The incisions are extensive but are usually not visible when clothing is worn.
Simultaneous lifting of the thighs and buttocks is done using incisions that follow a French-cut bathing suit line only a bit higher up on the hip. The surgeon lifts and removes the excess skin down to the muscle and removes the thick layer of fat beneath the skin. Drain tubes may be placed at the incision to draw out fluids. The surgery usually takes two to three hours. Your surgeon may recommend an overnight stay in the hospital before being allowed to go home.