About Thigh Lift Surgery
The contour and size of your legs are influenced by many factors including your genetics, general aging, stretching of your skin when your weight changes and even pregnancy, can lead to excess skin and fat that is hard to address through diet and exercise alone. Your thighs will rarely ‘bounce back’ once these changes have occurred and there is no external treatment that will completely solve this problem but thigh lift surgery can!
Men and women over 18 years of age with excess skin and/or skin and fat of the thighs.
The thighs from hip to knee.
It is important to be in good health and at a maintainable weight prior to surgery. If you are being treated for any chronic health condition, such as high blood pressure, we will require surgical clearance from your primary care physician prior to surgery. For surgeries requiring general anesthesia, a current EKG and basic blood work are also required. All of these precautions will contribute to a swift and uncomplicated free recovery.
Recovery from a thigh lift poses a few unique challenges that are easily overcome with a bit of planning. Due to the location of, and the tension on the incision, you will need to limit your time spent sitting for 2-4 weeks post op. This includes driving so you will need to plan for help driving for a couple of weeks. Some thigh lifts require surgical drains that will be in place for several days or up to one week.
Frequently asked Questions
Where do you place the scars with Thigh Lift surgery?
Scar placement depends on the shape and size of your thighs and in most cases, it is one of three types. If fat is your primary problem and you don’t have much loose skin, then you are likely a candidate for liposuction alone. The 2-3 very small scars (¼ inch) with this procedure will be placed in less visible areas and they are rarely visible long term after the surgery. For those you that have fat and loose skin only near the upper 3rd of the inner thigh, you may be a candidate for a medial Thigh Lift. The scar with this surgery is placed in or near the hair bearing area of your groin and is carried around to the back of your leg where your leg meets your butt. This scar is also much less visible due to its location. For those of you who have visible loose skin along the full length of your thighs, you are likely a candidate for a full Thigh Lift surgery. This places a linear scar from your groin to your knee, following the inner axis of your leg. To better understand this placement, slightly bend your knee while standing and rotate your hip out and away from your body. If you also flex your thigh muscles, you can feel a groove in the inner thigh, where the muscles on the front are separated from the muscles on the back. It is along this groove where the scar will be roughly located.
How do you fix my thighs that are both large and saggy?
With weight gain, severe weight loss, pregnancy and aging, the thighs can become large, heavy and saggy. Fortunately, Thigh Lift surgery can improve the appearance of your thighs by making them smaller, less heavy and by removing any sagginess. It is a win win.
How important is it to be close to a manageable weight before Thigh Lift surgery?
Although it is not a requirement to be at your goal weight before Thigh Lift surgery, it is recommended. Losing or gaining a substantial amount of weight after having this surgery can drastically change your results. Therefore, it is recommended that you work toward a manageable and safe weight pre-surgery. You should feel confident that your current weight can be maintained after surgery to ensure that your results are long lasting.
How long is my recovery from Thigh Lift surgery and how much pain can I expect to have?
Recovery times vary from person to person but in general, it takes up to 1 week to get back on your feet and return to non physical work duties, around 2 to 3 weeks to return to normal daily activities 6 to 8 weeks to return to your normal workout schedule. Discomfort after this surgery is usually less than expected and we have many tricks to help you feel more comfortable during recovery. This includes the use of local anesthesia during surgery and pain medications, muscle relaxants and compression garments after surgery.
Can this surgery fix my uneven appearing thighs?
Thigh Lift surgeries are often combined with a liposuction procedure and they are an excellent way to make uneven thighs appear more symmetrical and toned. This is true for thighs that are different sizes and/or shapes.
Is Thigh Lift surgery permanent?
You can expect this surgery to last a long time, especially if you maintain a healthy lifestyle and manageable weight after surgery. With that said, some sagginess can return over time, depending on how you age. Also, if a large amount of weight loss occurs after Thigh Lift surgery, the appearance of the thighs can change. Therefore, it is best to be at a manageable weight before considering this surgery.
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