Over time, our age and skin tone cause our inner and outer thighs to lose their tone and overall shape. This condition is often exaggerated by weight gain and loss. Along with sagging skin and loss of shape, the thighs can be an area where fat collects. For many individuals, especially women, the fatty deposits do not respond well to diet and exercise and therefore become a source of frustration. Combined with liposuction and the removal of excess skin, the thigh lift will radically improve the appearance of your thighs.
Is This Procedure for You?
The best candidates for a thigh lift are men or women who are in relatively good shape but are bothered by loose skin and fat deposits that won’t respond to diet or exercise. Loss of skin elasticity in older patients, which frequently occurs with slight obesity, can also be improved.
In your initial consultation, one of our surgeons will evaluate your health, discuss your medical history, determine the extent of loose skin in your thigh and buttock region, and carefully assess your skin tone. They will then review your goals and make recommendations based on his evaluation. The techniques used in the thigh lift procedure will be described in detail, and informational materials will be provided. Be sure to tell him if you smoke or are taking any medications, vitamins or other drugs.
To learn more about the thigh lift procedure and what we can do for you, please contact us today for a consultation.
What to Expect
In most cases, surgery will be performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. However, each patient’s circumstances and extent of the surgery goals will dictate whether the procedure is in our outpatient. The surgery will typically last two to five hours but can be longer. An adult should escort you on the day of surgery and remain with you at home for the first 24 hours.
It is common to experience drainage from your incisions the first night after surgery. Walking during the first 48 hours is strongly recommended, as tolerated. Showering is permitted 48 hours after surgery. Climbing stairs or other activities that produce stress or tension across the wounds should be avoided for the first 72 hours.
You should be able to return to work within one week after surgery if you have a desk-type job. Those with jobs that involve prolonged periods of standing, walking or heavy lifting may need to wait three weeks. Vigorous activities or aerobic exercise should not be resumed until after three weeks.
Risks of this surgery are low but include: bleeding and infections. Smokers should discontinue smoking three weeks prior to the surgery, as smoking increases the risk of complications and delays healing by altering blood circulation in the skin. You can reduce the risk of complications by closely following our instructions before and after surgery. Blood clots in the leg may occur and if dislodged to the heart can be fatal. Fluid collections may also rarely occur requiring drainage.
Your Patient Coordinator will provide you with a detailed, written estimate of fees for your procedure when you have your initial consultation at Cool Springs Plastic Surgery. Your “Estimate of Surgical Fees” will include: surgeon’s fee, operating room and the anesthesiologist’s fee.