Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery

Thigh Lift



THIGH LIFT

A thigh lift is a surgical procedure designed to reshape the thighs by reducing excess skin and fat. The procedure gives you a smoother skin and well-proportioned appearance for your thighs and lower body.

Best Candidates For Thigh Lift Procedure

If you are unhappy with the way your thighs look despite regular exercise and a healthy lifestyle, you may be a good candidate for a thigh lift. If you eat well and exercise, but the excess fat in your thigh areas persists, a thigh lift can fix this problem. However, you should be aware of all the benefits as well as the risks involved with the procedure so as to decide whether you want to undergo this surgery or not.

Making the decision to undergo a thigh lift procedure is extremely personal and you should consider all the relevant factors before you decide. You should turn to the surgeon you can trust, with lots of training and experience in this area.You should turn to a board-certified surgeon to perform the procedure, and ask him any questions you may have regarding the surgery. Choosing a highly qualified plastic surgeon, you will minimize the risks involved with thigh lift procedure.

The ideal candidates for a thigh lift are:

  • Nonsmokers
  • People with relatively stable weight
  • healthy individuals (a medical condition may increase the risk of surgery and affect the healing process)
  • Individuals who lead a healthy lifestyle

Risks Associated With Thigh Lift Procedure

As with any other surgical procedure, there are certain risks associated with thigh lift surgery. You should fully understand the procedure and us aware of these risks before you make a decision. You will be required to sign a consent before the surgery. The risks involved with thigh lift procedure include but are not limited to:

  • Poor wound healing
  • Anesthesia risks
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Seroma-fluid accumulation
  • Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac, and pulmonary complications
  • Asymmetry
  • Wound separation
  • Skin discoloration and skin loss
  • Fat necrosis
  • Persistent pain
  • Swelling
  • Sutures may surface through the skin and cause irritation
  • Numbness
  • Unfavourable scarring
  • Possible need for a revision surgery

Preparing For The Surgery

Prior to the surgery, your doctor may require performing lab testing and medical evaluation. Your doctor will probably require you to stop smoking before the surgery and preferably altogether. You will be required to take or avoid certain medications and avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements as these can increase bleeding.

You should arrange for someone to take you home after the surgery and take care of your for the first several days of your recovery.

Procedure

Thigh lift procedure consists of 3 steps:

Step 1

The first step is anesthesia, general or intravenous sedation. Your doctor will advise you on the best option regarding anesthesia.

Step 2

Making the incisions. The procedure is separated into two categories-inner and outer incisions. This choice depends on the treatment area, the degree of correction, as well as on your personal preference which your surgeon will consider.

  • Inner thigh lift involves an incision which starts at the groin and extends around the back of the thigh. Alternatively, the incision can run along the inseam from the groin to the knee.
  • Outer thigh lift involves an incision around the front of the thigh to the hips.

Incisions are usually placed so that they are hardly noticeable. Usually, your incisions will be hidden by your clothing or your swimsuit. However, it is possible that your scars are hard to conceive if the operation was extensive.

Step 3

The third step of the procedure is closing the incisions. Your surgeon closes the incisions with sutures which arrange high tissue into the new position. Sutures, skin adhesive tapes or clips may be used for closing the incisions.

Recovery

You may be able to notice some results immediately after the surgery. Swelling and bruising are normal and they usually persist for several days after the surgery. The dressing may be applied to your incisions after the procedure. A small tube may be temporarily inserted under the skin to drain excess fluid or blood.

Your doctor will give you detailed instructions on how to take care of your incisions after the procedure. He will also prescribe medications for you to take to aid the healing process. You should follow your surgeon’s instructions carefully so as to reduce any risks of possible complications.

You should allow your body to recover for at least one week before you return to work. You should avoid subjecting your incisions to excessive force, abrasion or motion to aid the healing process. If you experience shortness of breath, chest pain, or any other unusual symptoms, you should contact your doctor immediately.

Following a thigh lift procedure, skin quality is significantly improved. However, some visible scars may remain. It may take several months to see full results of your thigh lift surgery. You will notice that your skin feels and looks smoother than before.

It is important to be aware of the fact that the results of your thigh lift surgery are not permanent. As you age, your skin will gradually lose its firmness but the greatest part of your initial improvement after the surgery should remain. If you do your best to maintain your normal weight and lead a healthy lifestyle, the results of your thigh lift surgery can be long-lasting. There is also no guarantee that the procedure will be a success, as in some cases a second procedure may be necessary to achieve optimal results.

Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery – Thigh Lift