A thigh lift is a procedure performed to improve the shape and contour of your Thighs – particularly the inner thigh. The operation can remove excess skin, unwanted scars, stretch marks and fat. This sagging skin is usually caused by excessive weight loss. There are a variety of different procedures and depending on your particular problem(s), the operation will be individualised and tailored to suit you. This will be decided during your consultation with the doctor.
Thigh lift is usually performed under general anaesthesia, takes about 2-3 hours and usually requires an overnight hospitalization. A wedge or ellipse of skin and fat is excised from the upper inner thigh leaving a scar that can run in the groin crease and sometimes down towards the knee. The scar is usually T shaped. This operation is particularly useful when the upper inner thigh is hanging – e.g. in massive weight loss patients. Incision also can be extended laterally to remove more tissue from buttock area. In addition liposuction can be performed, which helps to remove additional fat. An incision higher up on the body hides the scar with some clothing, but may remove less tissue.
Like any other operation bleeding, infection , scarring, under or over correction, asymmetry, leg vein clotting ,seroma formation are the possibilities. The surgery leaves a noticeable scar that begins in the groin, traverses the inner thigh, runs under the crease of the buttock, and ends on the hip. Post-operative scars are always more visible on the body than on the face.
Bruising and swelling are to be expected as well as a tight feeling in the thighs. Normally, your stitches are dissolvable and need not be taken out. It is advised that you wear a compression support garment for few weeks to reduce swelling and you will need to take antibiotics to prevent infection. Most of the swelling will disappear after 3 weeks or so. You should avoid strenuous activity for at least 1 month.
Most patients are pleased with the outcome and find they have smaller and firmer thighs, therefore in most cases giving you a new-found confidence. Thigh reduction improves the body contour when seen through trousers or tight dresses. Realistic expectations is the key to the good appreciated result.