If your efforts at fitness and weight loss do not give you the results you desire for your lower body, a thigh lift may be the answer. The purpose of the thigh lift is to reduce the amount of excess skin in the inner thigh area, the outer thigh area, and around the buttock area by reducing the amount of skin and fat in those areas.
CANDIDATES FOR A THIGH LIFT ARE:
• People whose body weight and composition is relatively stable
• People with excess skin and soft tissue around their inner and outer thighs
• People who are currently healthy and have no medical conditions that would prevent them from healing from surgery
• People with a positive outlook on life
• People who possess realistic expectations
• People who are committed to leading healthy lives that include proper fitness and nutrition habits
If the skin in your thigh areas are still very elastic, and you simply want excess fat tissue removed, liposuction may be the answer you are looking for. When fat is removed, your skin will be able to naturally fit the contours of your body. If elasticity is poor, a combination of liposuction and a thigh lift may be a better combination than a thigh lift alone.
BEFORE AND DURING THE SURGERY
Your surgeon will want to meet with you prior to scheduling a procedure to determine whether or not you are a good candidate for a thigh lift. The following points cover some of the information your surgeon will want to know:
• Why do you want to do the procedure?
• What is your desired outcome?
• Do you have any current medical conditions or drug allergies?
• Are you being treated for any other medical conditions?
• Have you undergone any previous surgeries?
• What medications, vitamins, herbal and other supplements, and drugs are you currently using?
• Do you use alcohol and tobacco?
• Do you regain weight easily?
This is not all. Your surgeon will want to complete a physical evaluation to determine your current level of physical health. The information he or she will gather could include:
• Any risk factors you are experiencing, along with any pre-existing conditions
• Photographs that will be included in your medical record, and to aid in determining the extent of improvement
• Treatment options and recommendations
• Discussing possible outcomes of the procedure
• The use of anesthesia during the procedure
BEFORE AND AFTER
YOUR SURGEON MAY ALSO INSTITUTE:
• Dietary guidelines or restrictions
• Alcohol consumption guidelines or restrictions
• Avoiding certain vitamin supplements
INSTRUCTIONS YOU WILL RECEIVE MAY INCLUDE:
• What to do on the day of the surgery
• Using anesthesia during your procedure
• Any post-op care and treatments
BEFORE THE DAY OF THE SURGERY, YOU WILL BE ADVISED OR REQUIRED TO:
• Complete routine blood tests to determine overall physical health
• Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, or herbal supplements that increase bleeding
If your thigh lift is to be performed on an outpatient basis, be sure to have someone drive you to the appointment and back home after the surgery is complete. You will also need someone to stay with you for at least the first night following the procedure. The procedure begins when anesthesia is administered. Then the inner thigh is lifted by placing an incision in the groin area where and scarring will be very well hidden (this is called a minimal incision medial thigh lift, and your doctor will determine if you qualify for this). Some patients with severe sagging may require an incision that extends from the groin area down the inner high down o the knee. In either case, excess fat is usually removed with liposuction. Excess skin is trimmed away, pulled together, and sutured into place at the groin. Drainage tubes will be inserted that will stay in place and have to be cared for for up to two weeks after the surgery.
Dressings are applied to the incision and a compression garment will have to be worn for several weeks after the completed surgery. The outer thigh lift begins with an incision that extends from the groin, over the hip, and around to the lower back. The skin is tightened at the point of incision. Any excess fat is removed using liposuction. Advanced techniques usually allow surgeons to strategically place incisions in areas that will be covered by clothing and swimsuits, but the incision is extensive. In either case, deep support sutures are placed to help support the new contour. Sutures are also used to close the skin at the point of incision.
AFTER THE PROCEDURE IS COMPLETE
After returning home, it is very important to follow your surgeon’s suggestions for resting and for the care of the surgical and incision sites. Be sure that you do not subject the surgical incisions to excessive force, swelling, abrasion, or motion during the time of healing. This can have detrimental effects to the quality of your results, as well as your general health.
If you experience shortness of breath, chest pains, or unusual or irregular heartbeats, seek immediate medical attention. You may be hospitalized if any of these serious medical conditions occur.
The practice of medicine is not an exact science. Good results are always expected, but not guaranteed. Some situations may require multiple surgeries in order to achieve the best results. A similar procedure (like a breast lift, tummy tuck, or liposuction) may also be required.
Your results will be long-lasting, as long as you maintain a stable body weight and general physical fitness. As your body ages, a loss of firmness or sagging may begin to reappear. Most of the improvement should remain.
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