It is very common for men and women to develop loose or saggy skin around the inner area of the thighs as a result of weight loss or the natural aging process.
Thigh lift surgery is specifically designed to improve the overall shape and appearance of the thighs and lower body. It will not only treat excess skin and fat, but it will also reshape the appearance of your thighs to create a smoother and more firm appearance.
Thigh lift surgery is ideal for patients who are in good health and relatively good shape. Patients who frequently smoke or suffer from excessive weight may not be good candidates for this procedure, as it may impair their healing or increase the risk of surgery. Patient’s seeking to undergo this procedure can treat one or more of the following:
- Excess fat
- Saggy skin
- Disproportionate thighs
- Lack of elasticity
Your thigh lift procedure, which is typically performed on an outpatient basis, may vary based on the extent of time from the procedures.
Once you have talked through the steps of the procedure with your surgeon, general anesthesia will be administered. An incision will then be made either around the groin or extended down to the knee, depending on the area that needs to be corrected. Liposuction can be combined with your thigh lift procedure, if necessary. After excess fat and skin are removed, sutures will be used to close the incisions.
If you wish to receive further care and treatment after your surgery, you can request to spend the night at the Comfort Cottage, where a nurse will be available to help you.
Recovery and Results
You may return to work and light physical activity within a few weeks. Heavy lifting and vigorous workouts must be avoided at all times during your recovery period. Be sure to apply sunscreen when going outside to help minimize the appearance of scars.
Although it may take a few months for your full results to set in, you can expect to see improvements almost immediately after your thigh lift procedure. Thigh lift surgery is not only long lasting, but it will improve the appearance and tone of your legs for years to come, as long as you maintain a healthy diet and exercise regimen.
Side Effects and Risks
You may experience some numbness, bruising, swelling, and discomfort for a short period of time. Incision lines made to the thigh will take about one year or more to fade.
As with most procedures, there are a few minor risks associated with thigh lift surgery, including:
- Fluid accumulation
- Delayed or poor healing
- Skin loss
- Blood clots
- Widened scars
- Changes in skin sensation
- Irregular or asymmetric contours scars
Dr. Willard will also discuss any possible risks or side effects that may be associated with anesthesia during your consultation.
Dr. Willard and his team ensure every procedure will be uniquely tailored to provide their patients the positive results. During your consultation, all patients will receive specific guidance and information based on your personal and desired outcomes.