Thigh Lift

Also known as a thighplasty; it is a surgical procedure that aims at creating thighs that are proportionate to the buttocks, abs, and legs. This kind of lift tightens the skin and reduces the sagging in the inner and outer thigh.

Candidates

Both men and women who have experienced a loss in elasticity in your thigh, hips, or buttocks are candidates for a thigh lift. Patients will often seek this procedure if the skin in their thighs is saggy, has a dimpled appearance, or looks like an orange peel. Patients who have lost a significant amount of weight are also ideal candidates for an inner thigh lift in combination with other cosmetic surgery procedures. If your inner thighs are noticeably big and have a lot of fatty tissue, a liposuction may be recommended to remove excess fat and tissue. If the skin is still sagging or droopy after a liposuction, a thigh lift is ideal to tighten up the skin and smooth the contour of the inner thigh.

Procedure

There are several types of thigh lift; each differs according to the incision. Often, more than one type of lift are performed at the same time. A combination of procedures could be best for your body but will depend on several factors including the amount of fat that needs to be removed, skin quality, and your preferences.

Regardless of the thigh lift technique that you choose, the main steps are similar. The procedure is typically performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia, leaving you sedated but not unconscious. Your skin will be excised or lifted based on the recommended incision and the amount of fat and skin that will be removed or tightened. Deep support stitches that help form and support the new contours of the thigh and sutures are used to close up the incisions. The length of the surgery will depend on the type of thigh lift.

All thigh lift procedures may be particularly helpful to patients who want to improve the contour of the thigh while simultaneously getting rid of excess, sagging. A thorough examination of the patient and a discussion about the expected outcome of the surgery are required before deciding which type of thigh lift is needed.

 

Risks

Some risks associated with thigh lifts include:

  • Scarring
  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Soreness
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fluid accumulation
  • Skin Loss
  • Blood clots
  • Numbness or other changes in skin sensation
  • Anesthesia risks
  • Skin discoloration
  • Asymmetry

Recovery

Recovery time for a thigh lift surgery is commonly 2-3 weeks. Patients from out of town should plan on staying a minimum of two weeks in town. Bed rest is strongly recommended for the first ten days to avoid movements that may slow down recovery time. During the first week after a thigh lift, it is recommended that you keep your legs slightly bent at the hips in order to reduce any tension on your incision line. This hill also helps minimize the pain and result in a thinner less-visible scare during your initial healing process.

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