Enhancing Your Appearance with a Thigh Lift
If fitness and weight loss 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 thigh lift may be right for you.
This surgery reshapes the thighs by reducing excess skin, and in some cases fat, resulting in smoother skin and better-proportioned contours of the thighs and lower body.
Is it right for me?
Candidates for thigh lift are:
People whose weight is relatively stable
Individuals with excess soft tissue along the inner or medial thigh region and/or the outer thigh
Healthy individuals who do not have medical conditions that can impair healing or increase risk of surgery
Individuals with a positive outlook and realistic goals for what thigh lift surgery can accomplish
Individuals committed to leading a healthy lifestyle including proper nutrition and fitness
What it won’t do:
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 combination of liposuction and thigh lift (excess skin removal) techniques may be recommended.
A thigh lift is done to remove excess skin from the thigh area. This sagging skin is usually caused by weight loss. After patients have lost a lot of weight, having this surgery performed is like the “icing on the cake”.
The Surgical Procedure
The inner thigh lifts are done under general anesthesia. Depending on the amount of excess skin, incisions may extend along the groin crease and down the inner thigh almost to the knee. Outer thigh and buttock lifts are done with incisions extending from the groin around the back, associated with a posterior body lift or circumferential body lift.Incisions can be long, but are placed to hide under clothing and bathing suits. All the scars fade with time.
What To Expect After Surgery
Thigh lifts are generally an outpatient procedure. Bruising and swelling are to be expected as well as a “tight” feeling in the thighs. You will be in compression garments for several weeks to months to limit swelling and facilitate healing.
At the beginning, your thighs may look and feel rather strange. Your features may be slightly distorted from the swelling, your movements slightly stiff, and you'll probably be self-conscious about your incisions. Some bruising may persist for two or three weeks, and you may tire easily. By the third week, you'll look and feel much better. Most patients are back at work about ten days to two weeks after surgery.
Resumption of Physical Activities
Dr. Sasmor will give you specific instructions for physical activity and slowly increase you activity level. Driving will be limited until you are safe to yourself and others. In general, return to fully physical activity takes 4-6 weeks, but increases incrementally.
Your New Look
The chances are excellent that you'll be happy with your thighlift especially if you realize that the results may not be immediately apparent. Contouring improves over several months as the edema resolves and the skin contracts.
You'll have some scars from your thigjh lift, but they're usually hidden as much as possible in the posterior medial area of the thighs. In any case, they'll fade within time and should be scarcely visible.
Having a thighlift doesn't stop the clock. Maintenance of the results depends on maintaining a healthy diet and activity regimen and preventing weight gain.