Thigh Lift Surgery

There are many people who are not happy with the shape of their thighs. For such people, thigh lift makes for an ideal option. It is a plastic surgery procedure performed to remove excess fat and skin from either outer or inner thighs. This type of surgical procedure gives best results after bariatric or substantial weight loss or among individuals for whom exercise and dieting have failed to reduce deposits of excess tissue in their upper thighs. Liposuction might also be performed along with thigh lift for recontouring the inner thigh. If you are committed to maintain a moderate weight, healthy lifestyle then this procedure can help you in regaining the youthful contours you have been longing.

Thigh Lift Surgery

When can you consider a thigh lift surgery?

  • • If you are distressed about flabby and loose skin on thighs
  • • If you want thighs to appear more proportional and have a firmer look as well as feel
  • • If you are not able to fit into clothes of your choice because of heavy thighs
  • • If you have undergone massive weight loss or bariatric surgery

Who is the rightcandidate for this procedure?

The mentioned below are some of the most common reasons why you might want to undergo a thigh lift surgery:

  • • Clothes do not fit aptly due to excessively heavy thighs
  • • The natural effects of ageing have led to loose, sagging skin and cellulite on your thighs
  • • The appearance of your thighs make you feel self-conscious and you wish to restore self-assurance regarding your body.
  • • You have been successful in weight reduction program and you now want to achieve shapely thighs that give you more tones and proportional figure.

In a nutshell, if you are in overall good physical health, have realistic expectations and a positive attitude then you are likely the good candidate for this surgical procedure.

Detailed information regarding the thigh lift surgery

How is thigh lift performed?

Inner or Medial thigh lift

An incision is made in the groin region, and deposits of excess skin and fat are removed along the inner part of the thigh. Though liposuction might be used however it is not always a part of this procedure, depending on individual patient’s requirements. The part from the groin to the knee is recontoured and the procedure is then repeated for the outer thigh. In case amore substantial wedge of tissue has to be removed then the procedure is called thighplasty.

Outer or lateral thigh lift

This is relatively a much more intricate procedure, and usually involves recontouring of buttocks and the outer thighs and removal of more tissue. In this procedure, scarring is extensive, and the skin would become less elastic once the surgery is done, maintaining weight is crucial.

What are the options?

As mentioned above, there are two types of thigh lift surgeries – medial thigh lift and lateral thigh lift. During your initial consultation with the cosmetic surgeon, a thorough medical history, physical examination and certain investigations would be done to determine whether a lateral or medial thigh lift is most appropriate procedure for you, or whether you might benefit more from a combined lower body lift surgery.

How about the scars and incisions of thigh lift?

Lateral thigh lift – On the basis of the requirements of a lateral thigh lift surgery, the incision would extend from the groin part, around the hip, and perhaps a buttock fold incision might be included as well. The surgeon would mark the incisions where the scars can remain inconspicuous by clothing, however incisions will be more extensive compared to medial thigh lift.

Medial thigh lift – In this procedure, the incisions are made in the groin area. For patients who need more substantial removal of excess fat and skin, a longitudinal incision might be made along the inner thigh part.

Recovery and aftercare

The plastic surgeon would discuss with you recovery and aftercare instructions before the surgery. You will be informed when can you resume work. Also, once the surgery is done, you along with the caregiver will get detailed set of instructions about the post-surgical care. This might include information about:

  • • Potential signs and symptoms indicating complications
  • • Normal symptoms and changes that you will experience
  • • Drains, in case they have been placed

Immediately after the thigh lift procedure

Even though you will be able to see new and smooth contours right after the surgery, there will be a period of soreness, bruising and swelling. In case you experience long-lasting and extreme pain, consult the doctor right away. Contact your plastic surgeon to find out if your swelling, pain and bruising is a sign of problem or normal.

Recovery time span after a thigh lift surgery

It is very important for patients to adhere to the patients care instructions given by the surgeon for faster recovery. This would include information regarding wearing compression garments, intake of prescribed medicines, care of drains and the type and level of activity that is safe to be done. In addition, surgeon would also provide information about the normal changes and symptoms you will experience and potential signs of complications. It is important for candidates to understand that the amount of time it takes for recuperation varies greatly from one patient to the other.

The first two weeks

  • • Make sure you engage in only light activities for nearly ten to fifteen days after the procedure
  • • Initial days are critical for healing and you should be cautious about signs of nonhealing or infection and report the same to your surgeon immediately
  • • The pull of gravity as well as the actions of bending, walking and sitting place stress on the sutured parts, thus make sure you make deliberate and careful movements
  • • It will be of great help in case you have someone staying with you during the first few days after the procedure

Weeks two to eight

  • • You might have to wear compression garments for the first month for optimizing the contouring of thighs
  • • Avoid jogging and heavy lifting for seven to eight week after surgery
  • • Swelling should subside in four to five weeks
  • • You can resume walking for exercise and driving after two or three of procedure. make sure any of these activities do not cause pain.

How long the results of thigh lift last?

If you maintain healthy lifestyle, stable body weight and fitness program then the results of thigh lift surgery will last for a long time. Also, make sure you adhere to the instructions given by the surgeon for maintaining healthy results.

When it comes to plastic surgery procedures like thigh lift, it is important for patients to see the doctor as and when the need be. For the beautiful results, as well as safety, make sure you do visit the surgeon for follow-up appointments after the procedure. also, if you notice any change in your thighs, seek his or her advice. Do not hesitate to consult your surgeon when you have concerns and queries.

Costs associated with the procedure

It is apparent for candidates considering thigh lift to think about the costs related to the procedure. it is important to know that overall costs vary, and depends on several factors such as fee of the surgeon, anaesthesiologist, facility where the surgery is performed, technique used for performing surgery, and duration of stay in hospital. Also, discuss with the surgeon aftercare costs and expenses so that you can prepare accordingly for thigh lift surgery.

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