What is Thigh Lift Surgery?
Many of life’s changes can cause unwanted excess skin and fat in the lower portion of your body. A surgical thigh lift can improve areas of sagging in the inner and outer thigh region and restore a more pleasing body contour.
Fatty deposits on the inner and outer thighs are especially resistant to diet and exercise. Many patients become discouraged at having lost unwanted pounds without seeing a significant change in the lower body. The overall proportions of the body may be unbalanced. In these cases, a thigh lift can successfully trim the excess fat, skin and tissue in the thighs to achieve a more attractive balance and symmetry to the body.
Who is the ideal candidate for a Thigh Lift?
The ideal candidate for a thigh lift is at a healthy and stable weight. If you have any health conditions that may increase your risk for infection or impair healing, you may not be able to undergo treatment. A non-smoker is preferred. You also must have realistic expectations for what your thigh lift can accomplish and should be willing to commit to leading a healthy lifestyle.
What can I expect during my Thigh Lift?
Initially, anesthesia are administered for your comfort. There are different ways that this can be administered. Your surgeon will determine which method will work best for you.
There are different techniques to performing a thigh lift. Depending on the area that is being treated will determine which type of incision your surgeon will be performing.
Inner thigh lift incision
One technique for an inner thigh lift, is when incisions are placed in the groin and extend downward and wrapping around the back of the thigh. Another method includes removes excess skin from the groin and continues down to the knee utilizing an incision along the inseam of your leg. Your plastic surgeon will determine is the best approach for your specific needs and goals.
Outer thigh lift incision
Typically, methods for an outer thigh lift may require an incision extending from the groin around the hip and across the back. More advanced methods typically allow incisions to be placed in more discrete locations where they can be hidden by most types of clothing and swimsuits. However, incisions may be extensive.
After treatment, sutures can be placed within underlying tissues help to form and support the newly shaped contours. Additional sutures and other wound closing methods be used on the exterior to assure proper healing after treatment.
Are there any risks associated with a Thigh Lift?
Your surgeon will discuss with you about the possible risks associated with treatment. Thigh lifts are very safe, but possible risks may include:
- Reactions to anesthesia
- Poor healing
- Fluid accumulation (seroma)
- General persistent pain
- Unwanted scarring
- Numbness in the treated area
What can I expect during recovery?
During recovery from your thigh lift, dressings/bandages are applied to your incisions to assist with proper healing. Optimal results are achieved by closely following our post operative instructions.
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Schedule a consultation
If you’re considering a thigh lift, call our Grand Rapids office today! Call (616) 459-1907 to schedule a consultation with one of our plastic surgeons.
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