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Thigh Lift Surgery

Many women and perhaps some men, considers thick and dimpled thighs as a curse. If you want to look great in skinny jeans, mini-skirts or dresses, and bathing suits, a thigh lift or thighplasty can help. It works by decreasing excess fats and skin in the thigh and knee area. As a result, you will have a slimmer and taut thigh.

The modern thigh lift surgery now a day, aspires to create thighs that are in proportion to your buttocks, abs, and legs. The result of this aspiration will form an hour-glass silhouette.

The back appearance should have a well-defined fold on the buttock and the thigh should space out.

The front appearance of the thigh should look even and the muscles should be well-defined.

A person can undergo body contouring procedure if he or she has a saggy and dimpled skin and tissues along their thighs. An individual who had undergone bariatric surgery can also be a candidate for this procedure. Bariatric surgery often results to massive weight loss, therefore this is a great help.

Different categories of Thigh Lift

Thigh lifts differ according to their incision pattern.

An incision that starts in the groin fold is called an inner thigh lift. Of the entire thigh lifts procedure this is the most popular. This process is for individuals that has a temperate amount of fat and skin in their thigh area. This is done by pinching up the thigh skin and tissue to stiffen it up.

A vertical incision that begins in the groin folds towards the inner knee is known as a vertical thighplasty. A scar from this procedure is only noticeable when the inner thighs are exposed. For this procedure, a block of skin around the inner thigh is removed. If you have quite a number of flabby tissues and saggy skin in your thighs, vertical thighplasty is for you.

An incision that begins in the groin going to around the hip is known as outer thigh lift. The latest procedure that aims to remove saggy skin and flabby tissues in the front, back, inner, and outer thigh is called spiral thighplasty. The cut starts under the folds of your buttocks and extends towards the groin folds.  People who have lost a significant amount of weight are ideal for this plastic surgery procedure.

Combination of Thigh Lift Surgery

There are times, when different types of thigh lift are carried out. The correct combination of thigh lift surgery depends on the following reasons:

  • The quantity of fat and skin that is removed
  • The quality of your skin
  • The location of the procedure
  • The doctors capability and knowledge
  • The patient’s preference

In some cases, lower body lift and liposuction can be performed together with thigh lift procedure.

Procedures of a Thigh Lift

The instructions of the procedure are the same regardless of the type of thigh lift treatment.

Either twilight or general anesthesia is used by your surgeon. Once the anesthesia takes its effect the recommended incision starts. The type of incision will determine whether the surgeon should excise or lift the skin, the quantity of fat and skin to be eliminated, re-shaped or tautened up.

As part of the procedure, the stitches made by the surgeon should ensure that the new contours of the thighs must have a good form and shape. Sutures are used to close the incision.

The type of thigh lift procedure determines the length of time of your surgery and your stay in the hospital.

Thigh Lift Recovery and Results

After the procedure, it is expected that a patient experiences bruising, swelling, and soreness on the affected area. However, the results will be immediately recognizable such as the smooth and tight contours of your thighs.

Taking supplements like Arnica and bromelain prior to the surgery helps minimize bruising and swelling. You can ask your doctor what supplements you should take or not take to achieve good results and lessen the chances of risks.

Within 48 to 72 hours after the surgery, patients might feel some soreness and stiffness but after three days the patients will feel normal. To help ease the pain, ask your surgeon to prescribe painkillers.

It usually takes three to five weeks before the swelling in your upper thighs and lower body starts to diminish.

A compression garment will be given to you to protect the incisions from opening up and to ensure that your skin starts to shrink and tighten. To decrease swelling and remove extra fluids, drainage tubes are inserted. This can be taken out once the fluid is low.

The first week after your thigh lift surgery, your doctor might require you to keep your legs slightly bent. This action minimizes any pressure on your incision line and eases pain. As a result, during the healing process, you will have a thinner and less noticeable scar.

To ensure that the groin incisions are dry, put gauze pads over the wound. Your doctor will give you instructions on how often you should change its dressings. Three days after the surgery, you can take a shower. After one week, it is recommended to visit your surgeon for a follow-up.

To minimize the chances of having a serious blood clot on your leg, start walking slowly after the surgery.

Seek the advice of your doctor as to when you can resume your normal activities or start exercising. Resuming your normal activities would depend on the type of thigh lift procedure performed and your physical strength.

Some patients, who want to improve the look of their legs such as eliminating unwanted body hairs, opt for another cosmetic procedure. The most popular hair removal technique that gives longer and lasting effects is through laser hair removal.

Risks of Thigh Lift

Risks that are associated with thigh lift procedure are as follows:

  • Scarring
  • Continuous bleeding
  • Wound infection
  • Fluid buildup
  • Healing of the wound is slow
  • Loss of skin
  • Blood clots
  • Losing skin sensation or numbness
  • Anesthesia risks
  • Discoloration of the skin and/or swelling of the wound
  • Fat necrosis or the fatty tissue on your skin will not recover
  • Wound separation
  • lop-sidedness
  • Pain is constant
  • Results are unsatisfactory
  • Profound vein thrombosis that might result to complications in the heart and/or lungs
  • Looseness of the skin is frequent
  • Skin irritation due to the sutures used

A second surgery might be needed to remedy complications. Dr. Hall and Dr. Wrye are experts in thigh lift surgery located in Reno, Nevada, call us now for free consultation 775-284-8296