Thigh Lift Surgery
The skin along your inner thighs typically has less tone and elasticity than the skin along your flanks or even your outer thighs. As a result, aging and weight loss cause the inner thigh skin to become loose. If you have also had excessive sun exposure for many years, the skin on you inner thighs may even be redundant and hanging. Even when you have a thick layer of fat along your inner thigh as well, liposuction alone will not make the skin in this area tighter.
How We Do It
We usually perform liposuction of the inner thigh area first to loosen the overlying skin. Then we make an incision along the groin crease where the front of your thigh meets your lower abdomen. The incision continues around your upper, inner thigh and ends in the crease below your buttock. The skin and tissue underneath are then pulled upward until the skin is taut, and the excess tissue is trimmed off. A deep layer of stitches is placed in the strong connective tissue of your thigh and then dissolving stitches are used to close the skin.
What To Expect Afterwards
You will usually have a lower body compression garment in place after thigh lift surgery that you will wear for at least 2 weeks full time, except when showering. There will be generalized discomfort all along the thigh area with a burning sensation along the stitch line in your groin crease at the top of your thigh.
As far as positioning, you will find it most difficult to bend forward or sit in a chair as this will put the most tension on the stitches. Standing or reclining flat will be the most comfortable position for the first few days to a week. There may be a tight feeling around the top of your thighs for several months. We recommend avoidance of strenuous exercise or activity for 3 to 4 weeks.
What Are The Possible Adverse Consequences?
In addition to the unlikely possibility of infection and bleeding, the scars associated with thigh lift procedures may widen if they have not been securely attached to the underlying tissue since there is a lot of tension on these suture lines. Slight indentations, bulges or skin irregularities are always possible and can usually be addressed with minor revisional surgery.
When large volume liposuction is performed, it is best to treat specific areas of the body at the same time to maximize the result. For instance, it is best to combine liposuction of your back, love handle area and abdomen during one session, and your hips, inner and outer thighs and knees during another session.
Liposuction can be performed alone or in combination with skin tightening procedures such as tummy tucks, thigh lifts and body lifts. Traditional abdominoplasties and mini-tummy tucks are often performed with liposuction of the hips and thighs for complete rejuvenation of that area, both front and back. Thigh lifts are nicely complimented by liposuction of the hips and abdomen.
It is relatively common for women to want breast and body contouring procedures after their childbearing years to address the changes in both their breasts and abdomen. We frequently perform breast lifts with or without implants at the same time as a tummy tuck. As previously mentioned, we recommended having tummy tucks and breast lifts performed after you have your last child, as future pregnancies and breast feeding may â€œreverseâ€ some of the tightening and lifting effect of the surgery. It is also a good idea to have returned to your baseline weight and breast size before having any type of cosmetic surgery that involves making changes to your breasts or tummy.
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