Thigh lift is performed to produce slim, contoured thighs that look proportionate to the rest of the body. In this procedure, excess skin of the inner or outer thighs is removed to lift and elevate the skin and soft tissues of the thighs. A thigh lift may be performed alone, or in combination with other cosmetic procedures. Candidates for thigh lifting are in good general health, but have excess skin and/or tissue on their thighs as a result of aging, or significant weight loss or gain.
Thigh lifts are not intended strictly for the removal of excess fat. In these cases, liposuction can be performed to remove excess fat deposits in patients where the skin has good elasticity and is able to contract without leaving loose or sagging skin.
In cases where skin elasticity is poor, a combination of liposuction and thigh lift techniques may be recommended. A thigh lift is not considered a procedure for losing weight; it is performed only on those who are reasonably close to their ideal weight but unhappy with the appearance of their thighs.
The Thigh Lift Procedure
There are different types of thigh lift procedures. The most common procedure is a medial thigh lift, which removes excess skin and fat from the upper inner thigh area. The incision is made in the groin crease where the thigh meets the pelvis and wraps around toward the back of the thigh. The scar is very inconspicuous, as it is hidden in the natural skin crease. If the patient has excess skin and fat extending all the way down to the knee area, then it may be necessary to make a vertical incision down the inner thigh to remove this excess skin and fat. This can give a dramatically improved shape, size, and appearance to the thighs.
A lateral thigh lift is performed to lift and elevate the skin of the outer thigh area. This procedure is usually done in conjunction with a tummy tuck or lower bodylifting procedure after massive weight loss. In this case, the procedure is performed through the same incision as the abdominoplasty or bodylifting incision and no separate incision is necessary.
In all cases, skin and/or fat is removed; underlying tissue is reshaped and tightened with support sutures; and the remaining skin is lifted and smoothed, and sutured into place at the incision site. Drains may be placed to keep fluid from building up; if so, they are removed after a few days. Surgery typically takes 2 to 3 hours. Postsurgery, a compression garment is worn to minimize swelling and promote healing.
Recovery From Thigh lift
Bruising, swelling and soreness are common after a thigh lift. Pain medication and anti-inflammatories are typically prescribed. Bruising and swelling are usually gone within a month. Patients can return to work within 7 to 10 days, and resuming most physical activity is permissible at 3 to 4 weeks. Although there are scars, they are hidden in the body’s natural creases, and will fade over time.
Risks Of Thigh lift
In addition to the risks associated with surgery and anesthesia, those related to thigh lift include the following:
- Skin loss or discoloration
- Remaining loose skin
- Poor scarring
Revision surgery may be necessary to correct these types of problems.
Results Of Thigh lift
The smoother, tighter contours provided by a thigh lift are apparent almost immediately, although in many cases they are not fully seen due to swelling. The results are long-lasting, as long as patients do not gain significant amounts of weight.
Schedule a consultation
If you are interested in Thigh Lift Surgery, and would like to see if you are a good candidate, call (713) 271-9000 to schedule a consultation. Dr. Altamira has plastic surgery offices located in Houston and Sugar Land, Texas.