Although exercise and a proper diet are always beneficial to weight loss and overall health, age and genetics play a critical role in how our bodies react to these healthy lifestyles. For example, regardless of how much exercise and dieting one partakes, drooping skin may never return to its natural state without surgery. Only a thigh lift can make this sagging skin tight again.
Thigh lift surgery entails careful reshaping of the inner or outer medial thigh regions by removing excess skin and fat. As a result, patients can expect smoother, tighter skin and better-proportioned contours overall. Benefits from the thigh lift that are less easily quantified are those in which a better self image can improve the quality of one’s life.
People considering a thigh lift should be in good overall health with a fixed body weight. Those who are currently in the process of undergoing dramatic weight fluctuations should postpone any thigh procedures until a more stable body weight is established.
Certain medical conditions could compromise healing or increase the risks involved with the procedure.
Smokers are not ideal candidates for most surgical procedures, as they are considered at high risk for infections and are seriously impairing the healing process. Patients who smoke are advised to stop several weeks before undergoing any surgical procedure and should even refrain from smoking for as long as possible after surgery.
Thigh lift surgery is typically an outpatient procedure and requires the use of general anesthesia. This means the patient is not conscious during the operation.
There are two main variations to a thigh lift: the medial lift and the lateral lift.
Medial thigh lifts focus on the inner portion of the thigh. To address this region of the leg, an incision is made near the groin, or where the upper leg and pubic area meet. The skin is tightened by removing excess tissue and skin at the incision site before closing it up with sutures.
Lateral thigh lifts target the outer region and front of the thigh. The skin in this area is tightened in a similar way to the medial thigh procedure, but the incision is located at the crease between the hip and the leg where the underwear line is normally located. Lifting in this area should improve the contours along both sides of the leg and is especially effective in treating patients with large amounts of hanging skin after a significant weight loss.
The sutures used to close the incisions are dissolvable and should be completely gone within four months.
When the surgery is finished, compression garments are placed over the operation sites for support and to minimize swelling. Draining tubes may be inserted to drain excess fluids that collect as the body tries to heal the area. Patients are allowed to return home the same day as the surgery but should have someone to assist them for a day or two afterwards.
Allow for at least 7-10 days of minimal activity while you recover. During this time, avoid all strenuous activity.
You will be able to see the improvement from the surgery right away, and the bruising and swelling will fully settle in a matter of weeks, leaving you with the final results of the thigh lift procedure.
The most important step to take is to consult with an experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Berhane if you have any questions. Contact us today for a consultation.