The thigh region can be a great amount of frustration for many women and men despite having spending endless hours in the traditional methods of weight loss in an attempt to achieve toned and better proportionate contoured thighs.
Since it is not a straightforward issue to overcome sagging and loose skin on the thighs which is caused mainly by aging and weight fluctuations with just exercise and diet. Fortunately, there is a solution to get rid of from the stubborn fatty tissues and sagging skin by undergoing a thigh lift procedure.
Thigh lifts are very popular today due to the successful procedures performed achieving firmer and toned thighs
WHAT IS THIGH LIFT?
Thigh lift procedure is also known as ‘thighplasty’ which is performed to reshape the thighs by reducing excess skin and fat resulting in smoother skin and better-proportioned contour of the thighs along with the lower body and as an overall forming a more aesthetically satisfactory frame.
REASONS BEHIND GETTING A THIGH LIFT
Despite a healthy lifestyle, countless diets and workouts, some individuals remain unsatisfied with the appearance of their thighs.
The individuals who is undergoing a thigh lift procedure usually fit at least one the following categories:
- Loose skin
- Disproportionate large thighs
- Chafing causing pain
- Facing difficulty to match sizes for clothing for the upper and lower part of the body
- Workouts not helping the sagging skin
- Sagging and loose skin arising form weight loss
- Losing self-esteem
- Thick thighs that causing friction and skin irritation when they rub against each other
WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR A THIGH LIFT ?
A thigh lift can make you trimmer and deliver a more youthful appearance, if your thighs sag. Individuals who are willing to improve the shape of their thighs are a good candidate for a thigh lift procedure. However, certain requirements have to be met and some patients are better suited to undergo this procedure. You are an ideal thigh lift procedure candidate generally, if you have the following conditions:
- Have a relatively stable weight
- Have an undesired excess soft tissue around the inner, outer and medial thigh areas
- Are in good health generally
- Are psychologically healthy
- Have recently lost a lot of weight and looking to get rid of the excess skin
- Are seeking to balance body proportions through the procedure
- Seek to smooth out stretch marks in your thighs and legs
- Can commit to keep up a healthy diet and exercise after the procedure
- Healthy individuals who do not have medical conditions that impair healing or increase risk of surgery
- You are a non-smoker or have stopped smoking
- Have realistic expectations about the procedure
BEFORE THE SURGERY
Following needs to carried out prior to the surgery in order to ensure that the patient is healthy enough for the procedure:
- Stay away from smoking and alcohol for a few weeks
- Undertake extensive medical tests
- Maintain a stable weight
- Avoid all sorts of blood thinners
- Any other medications will also be checked thoroughly as they might lead to complications
- Sleep properly
TYPES OF THIGH LIFT SURGERY
There are number of different techniques to customize a thigh lift procedure depending on the needs of individuals. These are categorized by the shape and size of the incision used for the removal of fat, excess skin and tissue which the type of procedure will vary according to the body type and the results individuals are targeting to achieve.
MediExpert surgeon will recommend you the best option that suits your needs followed by an evaluation of your case.
Mini Thigh Lift
Sagging tissues specifically in the upper part of the thigh is targeted instead of the entire thigh. It only involves a small incision in the groin area which then will be used to perform liposuction followed by the removal of excess skin. This procedure requires a shorter recovery period as the scarring is minimal.
Inner Thigh Lift (Medial Thigh Lift)
Inner upper thigh is targeted in this procedure which is a good choice for mild to moderate amounts of excess and sagging as well as exercise resistant fat which led to reduced skin elasticity. Individuals undergoing this procedure usually the ones struggling to get rid of the fat in this area despite practicing exercises and diets.
Moreover, after a significant amount of weight loss, upper thigh may become saggy by losing its elasticity. Many individuals undergo inner thigh lift procedure to achieve removal of excess skin caused by weight loss. It is also demanded by patients whose skin become loose and sagging due to aging.
Relatively short incision is made as discreet as possible where the thigh intersects the pubic area so that it can be easily hidden by underwear. MediExpert surgeon will then remove a piece of skin and fat from the targeted region and tighten the remaining skin to achieve improved leg contours. Liposuction may also be involved in this procedure depending on the need of the individual.
Outer Thigh Lift (Lateral Thıgh Lıft)
This procedure is performed to tighten the skin on the front and outside of the leg by removing skin and fat from the outside of the thigh.Incision is made around the waist, followed by a liposuction for the removal of fat in the thighs and buttocks customizing for your needs and preferences. The excess tissue then pulled up and secured at the hip bone resulting for the body contour to be smoother and tighter.
As the length of the incision is longer this time will eventually leave a distinctive scarring even though it is usually covered by most underwear. Moreover, most of the individuals prefer to live with the scarring in return for the results achieved.
Vertical Thigh Lift
All the excess skin extending all around the thigh is targeted. Vertical thigh lift is performed focusing in the lower and middle sections of the thigh as well as the upper areas, whereas inner thigh lift only targets the upper areas.
Longer incision is required this time as larger area of the body is targeted. Incision extends from groin stretching down to the inner area of the knee. Although the scarring from an inner thigh lift will be covered by most of the underwear, the remaining scars will be visible.
The T-shaped scars will be apparent when legs are opened, however will not be noticeable when they are closed.
This procedure is only recommended for the individuals when removal of vast amount of excess skin is required.
MEDIEXPERT THIGHT LIFT PROCEDURE STEP BY STEP
The following steps are taken in a common procedure. MediExpert’s surgeon will clearly discuss the details of the steps to be taken during the consultation prior to the surgery.
1. ADMINISTRATION OF ANESTHESIA
A typical thigh lift is performed under a general anesthesia. However, in some cases intravenous sedation is also applied or a combination of both. MediExpert’s surgeon will provide you the best solution.
2. OPENING INCISIONS
Incision patterns are indeed differ based on the area or areas to be treated depending on the patient needs, type of thigh lift to be performed as well as the degree of correction. A typical thigh lift procedure involves an incision in the groin area that extends downward, sometimes reaching all the way to the knee.
Through these incisions, MediExpert surgeon will tighten the underlying tissue followed by the removal of fat and excess skin and reshaping the remaining skin to improve the appearance of the thigh accordingly.
The size of the incisions will vary depending on the amount of the present excess skin and how extensive the procedure is.
No matter which type of procedure is performed, incisions are placed strategically in the most discreet areas as possible that often covered by underwear and clothing.
3. CLOSING THE INCISIONS
Incisions will then be closed with deep support sutures within underlying tissues to assure that the newly shaped contours not to sag after the incisions have cured.
BENEFITS OF UNDERGOING THIGH LIFT PROCEDURE
- Body will be more proportionate and well-shaped.
- Thighs will be smoother and firmer
- Loose skin is tightened in the inner and outer thighs
- Unwanted fat is removed in on top of the knees as well as the inner and outer thighs
- Confidence and self-assurance about the body is restored
- Excess skin reduced followed by a weight loss
- Chafing eliminated between the thighs
- Reduces cellulite and benefits patient by reducing dimpling of skin
- Clothing will fit more attractively
HOW LONG IS THE THIGH LIFT PROCEDURE?
It takes typically 2-3 hours varying patient to patient. It could take longer if it is combined with an another procedure.
IS THIS PROCEDURE ONLY FOR WOMEN?
Although this procedure is also performed on men, mass majority of the patients are women.
IS THE THIGH LIFT PROCEDURE PAINFUL?
Individuals will not feel any sort of pain during the procedure, since the procedure is performed under general anesthesia. Although individual results may vary, there is minimal pain after the procedure which is manageable and overcome by prescribed pain relievers after the procedure in order to reduce any possible discomfort.
ARE THERE ANY SCARS AFTER THIGH LIFT?
All the surgeries generate some scarring into a particular extent, unfortunately thigh lift generates more scarring than most of the other types of plastic surgery. However, MediExpert surgeons prioritize minimizing the appearance of scars by making the incisions in discreet locations as possible so that scars can be easily hidden by clothing.
Furthermore, limited thigh lift procedures might necessitate shorter incision starting at the groin and just extending partially down the thigh which allows for the scar to be covered by a skirt or shorts. Whereas more extensive the procedure gets, there will be a longer thigh lift scar caused by the involvement of a longer incision.
The scars will be more smooth the which the color turning from red to purple after 4-6 weeks and it takes typically 2-3 months for the scars to become light and fade after within 4-5 months period.
It is important not to stay under the sun for at least 3 months after the procedure which may cause skin discoloration. Sunscreen should be used constantly for a minimum of one year after the procedure bearing in mind that sun can even reach scarring under the clothing.
Although many individuals prefer having scars compared to excess fat and sagging skin, scars are the one aspect that require to be evaluated if you are considering to undergo a thigh lift procedure.
HOW LONG IS THE RECOVERY TIME?
After the thigh lift procedure, swelling and bruising is very common which can last several weeks. Bandages or a compression garment may be applied to the incisions after the procedure is completed in order to minimize swelling and support the skin tightening.
MediExpert surgeon will prescribe medication to overcome any possible discomfort as it is common to experience some pain in the thigh area during the few days. A typical recovery period for thigh lift procedure is around 1-2 weeks. Bed rest is usually recommended for a week. MediExpert surgeons will provide specific care instructions in order to improve your recovery experience.
SHOULD I NEED TO STAY AT THE HOSPITAL AFTER THIGH LIFT?
There is no need to stay at the hospital overnight since it is typically an outpatient procedure. However, someone is needed to stay with you for at least the first night out. Therefore, we will send you home or to your hotel with the driver.
WHEN CAN I GO TO WORK?
It is generally recommended to be off the work for about 7-10 days. However, for the jobs requiring hard work, planning should be made for the recovery time up to 4-8 weeks depending on how extensive the thigh lift procedure is.
CAN I DRIVE AFTER THE PROCEDURE?
Due to the nature of the thigh lift procedure, driving should be avoided for 10 days following the surgery.
WILL A THIGH LIFT HELP WITH CELLULITE?
Cellulite is an frustrating problem that affects the majority of women which is caused by fat pressing up against fibrous connected tissue under the skin. Although some surgeons claim that cellulite can be addressed with a thigh lift combined with a body lift , it will not be the best option as only could a temporary solution to the problem.
Whereas, there are alternative non-surgical treatments for the cellulite such as laser treatments, sound wave therapies, some certain medications and deep massage treatments.
SHALL I CHOOSE LIPOSUCTION OR THIGH LIFT?
Liposuction is a better option then a thigh lift if the primary concern is the unwanted fat in the thigh area. Whereas, thigh lift should be considered if there is a poor contour of the thighs and sagging skin.
On the other hand, combination of both can also be performed where a liposuction can be applied for an outer thigh fat and a thigh lift to address an inner thigh simultaneously.
WHEN WILL THE STITCHES BE REMOVED?
The sutures will be removed within 1-2 weeks after the procedure depending on the type of thigh lift to be performed as well as the degree of correction.
WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS AND COMPLICATIONS?
Thigh lift is generally a very safe cosmetic procedure. Although the risks are very rare for a thigh lift, all the surgeries carry some risk of complication. While bruising, scarring and swelling are common, some of the other possible side effects and complications from a thigh lift procedure are as follows:
- Fluid accumulation in the legs
- Blood clots
- Wound separation
- Poor wound healing.
- Tightness sensation.
CAN THIGH LIFT COMBINED WITH MULTIPLE SURGERIES?
Unfortunately, for many individuals sagging and loose skin is not only limited with the thigh area. A thigh lift is frequently combined with other procedures especially with the another area in the body including buttocks, arms and stomach. Typical combination for the individuals is a thigh lift with butt lift especially an outer thigh lift procedure is often combined with the brazilian buttock lift bbl .
Eventually, multiple surgeries are very common and can well be performed upon approval of MediExpert surgeon after carefully evaluating the patient’s health condition and total duration under anesthesia.
WHAT RESULTS SHALL I EXPECT? WILL THE RESULTS PERMANENT?
The results will be permanent as long as committing a healthy life style and maintaining a stable weight. Nevertheless, natural loss of firmness and skin laxity may occur through the years due to aging. On the other hand, some visible scars can remain and which will gradually improve and significantly fade as time passes.
WHEN CAN I SEE THE FINAL RESULTS?
The results of the thigh lift is almost visible immediately as there will be an improvement in the thigh shape straight after the procedure. However, several months are required for the swelling fully resolve and for the final results to be seen.