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Thigh lift surgery reshapes the thighs by reducing excess skin and fat, resulting in smoother skin and better-proportioned contours of the thighs and lower body. If fitness and diet efforts have not achieved your goals for a body that is firmer, more youthful-looking and more proportionate to your overall body image, a surgical lift may be right for you. Thigh lifts are not intended strictly for the removal of excess fat. Liposuction alone can remove excess fat deposits where skin has good elasticity and is able to naturally conform to new body contours. In cases where skin elasticity is poor, a thigh lift along with liposuction may be recommended. Incision patterns vary based on the area or areas to be treated, degree of correction and patient and surgeon preference.
You may also qualify for a minimal incision inner thigh lift that involves an incision only in the groin area. Our surgeons will determine what will be best for you. Advanced techniques usually allow incisions to be placed in strategic locations where they can be hidden by most types of clothing and swimsuits. However, incisions may not be able to be completely covered at all times.
The smoother tighter contouring that results from a thigh lift is apparent almost immediately, although initially obscured by swelling and bruising. It is important to discuss the best approach to the surgery with your surgeon. Start by booking your consultation with us today.
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Frequently Asked Questions
A Thigh Lift is a procedure which lifts and tightens the loose skin on the inside area of the thighs. It does not usually lift the front or the back area of the thigh. Sagging of these areas as well as the outer thigh and buttock regions is usually best treated by way of a Body lift which is a much larger operation, and is associated with a scar right around the entire circumference of your body at the level of your waist.
Unlike liposuction which only reduces the unwanted fat, a thigh lift will also remove the skin and therefore tighten the inner aspect of the thighs.
This will be decided at your consultation. If you are a smoker you will be asked to stop smoking well in advance of surgery as smoking can result in poor healing. The best candidates are medically healthy men and women who are within a few pounds (i.e. 10%) of their ideal weight.
If you are significantly more than this then you will be asked to reduce some weight before going ahead with any surgery. A thigh lift is usually performed to remove obviously loose, hanging skin, which has arisen as a result of some weight loss, and which will not go with even the most diligent of exercises and diet.
There are two different types of thigh lifts that can be performed depending on the extent of skin laxity. If the skin laxity and rippling is mostly limited to the upper inner thighs, a Medial upper Thigh Lift can be performed. In this procedure the excess skin and fat is removed in the upper inner thigh region and the scar is located along the groin crease extending down inwards behind and into the buttock crease.
This scar is usually well hidden. In cases where people have lost a significant amount of weight and are left with extensive laxity and rippling of the skin along the entire inner aspect of the thigh all the way down to the knees, then an Extended medial Thigh Lift is usually performed. In addition to the scar of the groin crease, there is also a long vertical scar that extends along the inner thigh(similar to the inseam of a pair of trousers) many times right down to the inner knee region.
This vertical scar enables us to remove the lax excessive skin of the entire thigh just as the inner seam of a pair of trousers determines the width of a trouser leg. As a result of the extensive skin involvement, this procedure is usually more involved than the medial upper thigh lift. However when extensive skin laxity and fat excess is present then this is usually the only option.
Liposuction removes fat cells and does not affect the skin. Therefore if your problem is due to loose skin, performing any form of liposuction will lead to an exacerbation of your problem and make the area look worse with excess loose skin developing. The only time liposuction is a better choice is when there is a lot of fat and the skin is tight. When the skin is loose, a thigh lift is usually the best choice.
Yes. Both the Medial and Extended Thigh Lift can often be combined with limited Liposuction in order to better contour the legs and also to reduce the size of the “saddle bags” or love handles or other areas.
The basic aim of a Thigh lift involves removing excess skin along with associated fat from the inner thighs and then suturing the ends together. In principle it is a very straightforward surgical procedure. However due to the large area and length of wound that requires suturing it is somewhat time consuming and can take up to 2 hours to complete the procedure.
The incision line is sutured with dissolving stitches and surgical tapes are then applied to the surface of the skin. A bandage is then applied around the thighs in order to apply some compression and reduce any swelling and bleeding.
Once you’re back in your room and recovered, you will notice that you will be wearing a compression garment which will help control the swelling and subsequent bruising. Our surgeons prefer to mobilize their patient early and so once you feel reasonably comfortable you will be instructed to get up and around.
The dressings will need to be re-examined and changed in about 5 days or earlier of course if there is a problem. You may notice some bloody soiling on the inner aspect of the thigh. This is normal. If it is excessive, one of the nursing staff will pad it for you and adjust your dressing.
Pain and discomfort is always subjective. You may find that any pain you feel is probably more noticeable when standing or and walking in the first few days following surgery and usually involves a pulling or tightening sensation in the inner aspect of the thighs. It is advisable therefore that for the first week or so you should take regular painkillers in order to minimise this.
Following surgery you will experience considerable swelling and some bruising of the thigh region. This will be even more noticeable if the thigh lift was accompanied by liposuction. A compression garment will help reduce this. The bruising usually lasts about 3 weeks.
While most of the obvious swelling will have dissipated by this time, subtle swelling will still be present for up to 6 months. In addition you will notice that some areas of the thighs will feel firm or hard to touch, particularly along the edges of the incision site. This will be as a result of the normal healing process laying down elements of scar tissue to facilitate healing.
When this occurs, massage as instructed by our surgeon will speed up the recovery. It gradually resolves in time but may take a few months to complete. You should expect the sensation to the skin over the inner parts of the thigh to be reduced after surgery, however this recovers again after a few months.
It is always useful to allow yourself plenty of time to recover and organise sufficient time off work. Two weeks off should give you sufficient time to allow any obvious swelling to subside. Ensure any blood tests or other tests that are required are undertaken well in advance to avoid any potential delays.
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