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Thigh Lift Surgery
Weight loss and aging can lead to quite noticeable and uncomfortable changes in the thigh area. Excess skin and a fatty layer can lead to drooping, which can make clothing choices difficult, and feeling self-conscious when wearing shorts and swimsuits.
Why people have this procedure:
Traditional exercise has failed to produce desired results.
Clothing no longer fits as it did, and patients may feel very self conscious in shorts or a swimsuit.
To boost self-confidence, and to feel comfortable and confident in your own body.
This process is unique to each individual woman’s needs and desired outcome. A physical evaluation by the surgeon will determine what surgical plan will best meet your expectations.
This procedure consists of an incision along the medial aspect of the thigh, and the excess skin is excised. The length of the incision will depend upon the amount of tissue to be removed.
One of two medial thigh lift techniques is utilized:
1. Medial thigh lift- The incision is hidden along the inner thigh crease. This is best for people with a small amount of laxity to be repaired.
2. Extended medial thigh lift- The incision goes along the inner thigh crease and down the thigh to the knee on the inner aspect of the thigh. This is used for people with a substantial amount of skin to be excised.
This surgery can be done alone, or in conjunction with liposuction for optimal results.
You will experience some swelling, soreness and bruising post procedure, which can be controlled with medication. You may be asked to wear a compression garment to minimize swelling. It is crucial that you start walking as soon as possible.
Although most patients are up and about in a few days, plan on taking it easy for at least the first week after surgery.
Some numbness of the skin is to be expected and is temporary. If drainage tubes are inserted, you will be taught how to take care of them and will be removed within a week.
Typically, you can expect to be back to work in 1 to 3 weeks.
Although it is important to walk, you should avoid strenuous activity, including jogging, heavy housework, sex, or any activity that may stress the incision sites.
Healing will continue for several weeks as swelling subsides, and your incisions improve.