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, or thighplasty, 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 a Good 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 are not an ideal candidate for this procedure. We also prefer to perform this procedure on non-smokers.. You also must have realistic expectations for what your thigh lift can accomplish and should be willing to commit to leading a healthy lifestyle.
Types of Thighplasty Procedures
There are two different types of thigh lifts that target unique areas of the thigh. During your consultation, one of our plastic surgeons will determine which procedure would best achieve your desired goals.
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.
Thigh Lift Procedure
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. Inner thigh lifts are usually performed on an outpatient basis while outer thigh lifts typically require a stay in the hospital.
Risks of 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
Thigh Lift Recovery
We will apply dressings/bandages to your incisions to assist with proper healing. Sutures are 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.
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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.