Thigh lift surgery reshapes the thighs resulting in smoother skin and better-proportioned thighs. It is indicated for the following reasons:
- To enhance the body contour of women who think their thigh skin is saggy.
- To correct the volume reduction occurred in the legs after a significant weight loss.
- To allow the use of certain garments such as swimsuits in women whose thighs are in a bad shape.
By tightening the skin towards the upper and medial regions we can make the saggy skin firmer and lift the saggy tissue. In this section you will find basic information about the procedure, such as when it can be helpful, how it is performed and what results to expect. You will probably not find the answers to all your questions, as many of them depend on the patient’s personal circumstances. In the first visit you will be informed about the specifics of your case.
Thigh lifts will enhance your appearance and self-esteem. However, before taking a decision, you must consider carefully your expectations and discuss them with us.
Thigh lifts are generally intended to lift saggy tissue in thighs and buttocks, in order to enhance the body contour.
As in any procedure there are some risks associated to it and specific complications related to this specific surgery.
As in any surgical procedure bleeding after the surgery may cause oedema and some soreness. In order to minimize this, drainage tubes are placed for 2 to 3 days so as to drain blood from the wound. There is, however, a slight risk of bruising that, if it occurs, might require evacuating the blood. A small percentage of patients may present infection. Although this might happen at any time, it is most commonly found during the first week after the surgery.
There is as well a risk of wound dehiscence if it is exposed to excess traction; therefore, you must take special care in your movements for the first two weeks.
Some women have reported skin areas with diminished sensitivity near the incisions. The symptoms generally disappear over time, although they might become permanent in some patients.
Unfavourable scarring occurs sometimes. This depends both on the patient’s personal circumstances and on the location of the scars. You will be informed in detail about where the scars will be and their desired look.
Most patients who have undergone a thigh and buttock lift do not experience the above-mentioned complications, however, you must be informed of them to provide you with a broader insight of the benefits and risks related to this surgery, which can provide very satisfactory results.
In the first visit we will assess your health status and inform you about the most appropriate surgical techniques for your specifics, based on the firmness of your skin and your body health state.
Share your expectations with us frankly. We will also be frank with you about the options and advantages, the risks and limitations of the possible treatments. You will be asked about your lifestyle and habits such us smoking, intake of medication, vitamins or other drugs.
We will inform you about the type of anaesthetics that is normally used, the hospital where the surgery will be performed and about its cost.
You will be given instructions about how to prepare the surgery, the fastening time prior to it and the medication you must avoid, as well as, the antibiotics and other drugs that you might need to take to ensure the right course of the procedure.
Be sure to arrange for somebody to go with you and who can help you out during the first days of the recovery until you feel ready to function for yourself.
The procedure is performed in a clinic or hospital. Normally the patient must be hospitalised for a couple of days to ensure a more comfortable recovery.
A thigh lift is normally performed under general anaesthetics, so that the patient does not feel pain during the procedure. Let us not forget that our main goal is to obtain an optimal result; that is why we choose the type of anaesthetics that can allow us to work better and more safely.
The method chosen to tighten the leg skin is dependent on your anatomy, your condition and our recommendations. The incision can be made in the inner part of the thigh near the groin or it might need to be extended downward towards the back of the thigh. When the surgery involves buttock and thigh lift, a circular incision might be necessary. However, you must not forget that the incision will be proportional to the amount of excess skin and that scars are unavoidable. The right option will be chosen in order to make the incisions inconspicuous. When the scars are long and evident, you must remember the enhancement of our body contour that comes with them. We will inform you about the outlook so that you can ponder the situation objectively. We make sure that the incisions are placed in areas where they cannot be easily seen, such as the groin or the buttock crease. We perform a liposuction through the incision to facilitate the tightening of the skin and then remove the excess skin. The incisions are carefully sutured and drain tubes are applied for a few days after the surgery. You must discuss with your plastic surgeon the pros and cons of each of the techniques to fully understand the implications of the recommended procedure. The surgery normally lasts about two or three hours. The wound is closed with an embedded suture and legs are wrapped in bandages for two or three days to ensure a proper scarring. After the surgery, legs, thighs and buttocks look better and the scars tone down with time.
You will feel weary and sore for a few days after the surgery. You will need to rest in bed for a couple of days avoiding strain on the sutures. You will be able to resume normal life without strenuous activities within a week. Most discomfort will be treated with medication. In two or three days, the bandages and drain tubes will be removed and you will be informed about what type of compression tights you need to wear. Changes in skin sensation and swelling will subside in about three weeks.
The stitches will be removed in about two weeks; however, your leg will need a few weeks to look completely normal again.
You should be able to go back to work in about 2 weeks, depending on the type of activity you perform.
Follow our advice about when you can resume your normal activity and physical exercise. Your legs will probably feel more sensitive to direct stimulation for two or three weeks, therefore, you should avoid physical contact. Your legs will gradually heal back to normal.
The scars will be hardened and pink for at least six weeks, although they might stay hard for a few months. They will gradually tone down until becoming inconspicuous.
Women who have undergone this treatment see their looks enhanced and their self-esteem improved as they feel much more comfortable with their new look.
The decision of getting a thigh lift depends on very personal factors and some people may not understand your reasons. What really matters is how you feel with your new contour. If you have reached your goals and expectations, the surgery will have been a success.
– Information obtained from www.secpre.org.