One of the most common complaints we hear from our patients during body contouring consultations is the appearance of loose or baggy skin along the inner thigh. It occurs because the skin of the inner thigh has less elasticity than other parts of the body. As a result, patients who lose a large amount of weight, especially gastric bypass patients, are likely to be left with this problem. It can also occur after large amounts of liposuction or as part of the normal process of ageing. If you have developed this problem and it is making you too self-conscious to wear a swimming costume, you may want to consider a Thigh Lift.
In a Thigh Lift, the excess skin along the inner thigh is measured with a pinch technique and removed. A compression garment is worn for eight weeks post-operatively to control swelling and promote healing. Light activity such as walking is encouraged. A Thigh Lift can be performed alone or in combination with other body contouring procedures, such as liposuction, breast lift (mastopexy) or breast reduction. However, it is not advisable to have a Thigh Lift and tummy tuck together because the skin is being pulled in opposite directions for each procedure and delays in healing could occur.
This procedure takes 2-3 hours depending on the size and complexity.
As with any medical procedure, complications can occur following surgery and patients need to be fully aware of their safety. Plastic Surgeon at Lesprit Medical Clinic does his utmost to minimise the possible complication associated with the procedure. You will be advised during your consultation on the most common complications and possible adverse effects following your procedure.
A Thigh Lift is a safe and predictable cosmetic surgery procedure, and it will also improve the appearance of other body contouring procedures, such as Tummy Tuck and Liposuction.
The best candidate for a Thigh Lift is someone who has lost a large amount of weight and is left with loose, sagging skin along the inner thigh. Patients who have developed loose skin because of the ageing process or prior surgery such as Liposuction may also be excellent candidates. If there is an excess amount of fat in the lower part of the inner thigh or knee, it can be treated with Liposuction at the same time.
Your recovery period and post-operative care will be explained to you in detail during your consultation. The recommendations will be specifically tailored to your individual case and type of surgery carried out. You will be advised about basic steps to take such as taking or avoiding certain medication, sleeping position, driving, exercise or time off work, make up and other procedure-specific care.
Specialist Plastic Surgeon at Lesprit Medical Clinic strongly advises you stop smoking prior to surgery as smoking can greatly impair your ability to heal and increase complication rates. Nutritional supplements, anticoagulant medication and anti-inflammatory drugs, (like Brufen, Voltaren, etc.), or any other blood thinning drug which increases the bleeding should be stopped prior to surgery unless otherwise instructed.