With aging and major weight loss, the skin of the thigh may loosen or sag. A thigh lift can help tighten the skin and remove fat to give an overall more contoured appearance.
Thigh lift can address your inner thighs or outer thighs and buttock area. In the case of the outer thigh and buttock area, a body lift is usually performed. This is usually in conjunction with an abdominoplasty. The tummy tuck can be performed at the same time or a different time as the outer thigh lift.
An inner thigh lift differs from the full circumferential lift. T here are different techniques for performing an inner thigh lift. Some inner thigh lifts require an incision extending various distances down the inner thigh, sometimes even to the knee depending on your particular circumstance. This incision tends to heal very well and is not noticeable in most clothing and circumstances. Another technique that can be performed is a crescent incision in the groin area. This is usually associated with liposuction of the inner thigh. The type of technique that is chosen will depend on your evaluation and ultimate expectations. We will discuss this during your consultation.
Recovery from your inner thigh lift will be determined by the extent of your surgery, the amount of skin and fat removed, the type of incision and the length of time you are sedated.
Drains may or may not be placed depending on the type of surgery. Drains are used to drain fluid away from the incision site and promote decreased swelling and bruising. Absorbable sutures are usually used to close your incisions and water proof bandages are applied. A compression garment is usually worn for approximately 4 weeks after the surgery. Pain reliever and antibiotics will be prescribed.
Although heavy lifting and strenuous exercise is not permitted in the first 4 weeks after surgery, early ambulation is encouraged. Return to work is usually after 2 weeks of recovery. It is important to remember that no surgery can guarantee your satisfaction nor can then deny any risk factors. Complications can occur although not frequently and will be discussed with you prior to your surgery.