What is a Thigh Lift?
The Thigh Lift is a procedure designed to tighten the skin of the thigh and reduce sagging in the inner or outer thighs. The skin of the thigh is thin without good elasticity. In many patients, liposuction is not the best procedure due to these factors. Liposuction will make the skin more lax and in some patients will not achieve a pleasing thigh contour.
There are two types of thigh lifts:
- Inner Thigh Lift (aka medial thigh lift)
- Outer Thigh Lift
The Inner Thigh Lift procedure will address laxity in the uppermost portion of the inner thigh. The scar is isolated to the groin crease and extends to the buttocks and is concealed by underwear or bathing suits. If laxity extends to the knee, a more extensive operation will be required with a scar extending to the knee.
The Outer Thigh Lift is performed in conjunction with a body lift or a Tummy Tuck.
Why have a thigh lift?
A thigh lift will make your thighs look tighter and firmer giving them a more attractive shape and size.
The thigh lift will eliminate excess skin, and then tighten and firm the skin contour. The procedure aims to create beautifully sculpted legs. Patients who have lost a lot of weight are ideal candidates for the procedure. Please note that if your thighs are also very big and have a large amount of fatty tissue it may be best to do liposuction first to get rid of as much of the excess fat cells as possible.
What can you expect during the procedure?
Thigh lifts are usually performed in the operating room. The incision is hidden in the groin crease and within the bikini lines. All incisions will be discussed in detail with you before starting the procedure. To safely provide you with the best results an anesthesiologist will administer anesthesia before the procedure. Following the inducement of anesthesia, the incision will be made and excess tissue will be resected. Dr. D’Souza will tighten your muscles to give you the ideal body contour and all incisions will be precisely closed. Overall the procedure can take anywhere from 2-4 hours. We will leave small drains in the thighs for about a week after the procedure.
What can you expect after the procedure?
The thigh lift is a procedure that requires a moderate recovery time. We will discuss exercise and lifting restrictions at your preoperative visit. Walking is highly encouraged after the procedure to keep blood circulating for a safe recovery. Most people require approximately 2-4 weeks of recovery time before returning to their normal activities.
How long will the results last?
You will see some results immediately. However, the final results of the thigh may take 1 years to fully develop as swelling needs time to subside. While fat can still accumulate and skin laxity can recur, thigh lift results last for years in most patients. Some visible scars may remain, but the overall results will be long lasting provided that general fitness and nutritional care are maintained.
Am I a good candidate?
Many patients who wish to improve the appearance of their thighs are good candidates for thighplasty, but you will need to meet certain requirements to qualify for this surgery. These criteria help keep you safe during the procedure and maximize your chances for achieving your new look. Typically, you will be eligible for a thigh lift if you:
- Have unwanted skin and soft tissue along your thighs. Your plastic surgeon may be able to remove thin layers of stubborn fats during your procedure, but thighplasty is not designed for this purpose and is no replacement for proper exercise and nutrition.
- Maintain a stable weight. If you have not yet reached your weight loss goals, losing further weight could cause your thigh tissue to droop again. In addition, gaining significant weight after your procedure can also interfere with your results. Your surgeon may be able to work with you to determine a target weight for this procedure.
- Are in good general health. Chronic conditions such as uncontrolled diabetes could compromise your ability to recover well or safely go under the necessary anesthesia or sedation.
- Do not smoke , as this can disrupt the healing process and increase your risk for complications. If you do smoke, you may become a candidate for thighplasty if you agree to stop smoking for a prescribed period of time before and after your surgery.
- Do not drink heavily , since this can also impair your recovery and raise your risk of complications.
- Are psychologically healthy , since plastic surgery can be both physically and emotionally taxing.
- Have realistic expectations for your procedure. Your surgeon will give you more information about your potential results.
- Can commit to maintaining a healthy diet and exercising after your thigh lift to preserve your results.