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Thigh Lift

Thigh Lift

What is Thigh Lift Surgery (Thighplasty)?

Thigh lift is an invasive surgical procedure that requires many incisions, general anesthesia and about two months in recovery time. It is major look enhancement procedure for lower body. Don’t make the mistake of confusing a thigh lift (also known as a thighplasty) with lower body contouring which is a procedure that relies more on liposuction, rather than surgery to improve the appearance of the thighs. The main difference between lower body contouring and a thigh lift (inner thigh lift) is that contouring removes fat and changes the shape of the thighs whereas a thigh lift tightens and improves the look of the skin.

The Candidates for Thigh Lift Surgery

Thigh lift surgery is a corrective procedure to enhance your look. People with the following problems should consider thigh lift surgery.
  • Loss of skin elasticity in the thigh area due to extreme weight loss or aging
  • A saggy appearance in the thigh area due to hormonal changes, extreme weight loss or aging
  • Thighs that have a crinkled, dimpled or flabby appearance due to muscle wasting or cellulite
  • Thighs that seem to sag or create pouches over the knee caps
The ultimate aim of all thigh surgery is to give you smoother, more attractive thigh and buttock skin and a tighter bodily contour.

Thigh Lift Surgery – Procedure

Thigh lift procedure is usually performed under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis. It typically takes from three to six hours. It is also sometimes performed in conjunction with lower body contouring. Plastic surgeons often recommend liposuction be done in tandem with a thigh lift to get the ultimate, lifted smoothly polished effect that is achieved by both the thigh lift and the liposuction of fat at the same time. According to the area of the corrective procedure, a thigh lift can be an 'inner' thigh lift or 'median' thigh lift.

When it comes to thigh lifts, there is no one method used by all surgeons. How a plastic surgeon decides to deal with your case may have a lot to do with your body shape, the amount of skin and fat to be removed and the state of your general health.

However, lifting the inner thighs (inner thigh lift) generally requires short incisions made laterally around the groin crease and in the creases of the buttocks. Some plastic surgeons cut from the front of the groin right around the inside of the thighs to the inner inside crease of the buttocks. This full circle is called a full thigh lift. Incisions are not usually made laterally on the hips as a thigh lift does usually decrease the bulk of the thighs. For that you need liposuction to actually remove bulk from the body.

After the incision or incisions have been made, excess skin and fat is detached from the underlying muscles of the thighs and removed. The skin is then reshaped and redraped over the muscles and drains are placed beneath the skin to remove excess fluid that may cause delays in healing. Once the plastic surgeon is satisfied that you will not suffer any kind of tumescence (excess swelling) as a result of fluid accumulation beneath the skin, you are then sutured up. Suturing has come a long way since the beginning of plastic surgery techniques as doctors can now place stitches so that they are present mainly beneath the skin to reduce the chances of severe scarring.

After the thigh lift is over, a sterile dressing is applied to the wounds and the patient is placed in a compression garment. A compression garment is simply an elastic girdle that tightly holds the skin in to reduce swelling and aid in the natural tightening of the skin.

Thigh Lift Surgery – After Effects

How painful a thigh lift is usually depends on the individual’s personal tolerance for pain and also on how drastic the operative procedure was. Thigh lifts that do not have the full circle incision from the front of the groin to the back of the buttocks usually only require prescription pain medication to relieve the discomfort. Individuals who have full thigh lifts may find themselves staying for one to two nights in a hospital on a full morphine drip and intravenous catheters.

The total healing time for most thigh lifts is usually four to six months and if all goes well bruising and swelling usually subsides within a month. Keep in mind that you may have to wait as long as three months before you can exercise, run or engage in any kind of strenuous activity.

It is important, before getting a thigh lift, to keep your expectations of the procedure realistic. If you were born to be a woman with the proverbial pear shaped body then it is doubtful that a thigh lift will make you that less pear shaped. However it can make the skin and muscle tone of your thighs appear much sleeker as well as taut and toned.