Weight loss is a major accomplishment that you should feel proud about, but it can also leave behind excess skin once the fat is no longer a factor. When skin, whether on your stomach or your thighs, has been stretched, it is unlikely to go back to the way it was prior to the weight gain. This can often mean that the skin is loose and sagging. It can lead to both men and women being unsatisfied with their appearance, even after after losing a significant amount of weight.
Loose skin will rarely snap back, which is where the thigh lift surgery can become an option for you. Thigh lift surgery will help to get rid of the excess skin, as well as address any stubbornly lingering fat on the thighs. A thigh lift can reshape the thighs, with the aim to achieve smoother skin and an improved shape. This surgery is an option for both the inner and outer thighs.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE THIGH LIFT PROCEDURE?
The thigh lift surgery involves your surgeon making small incisions in the groin area. If your surgery is addressing loose skin on the inner thigh, the incision will be located at the crease of the groin. If the loose skin is on the outer thigh, the incision will be placed from the crease of the groin to the hip.
While it is not always essential in order to achieve results, liposuction is often combined with the thigh lift procedure. This will help to achieve the best in results. Liposuction can help to significantly enhance the aesthetic results as it can address any stubborn areas of fat still remaining on your thighs. It’s important to keep in mind that liposuction is a shaping tool. It is not a weight loss solution.
During your surgery, your surgeon will contour and reshape your thighs. The excess skin, whether it is on the inner or the outer thighs, will be surgically removed. This technique will help to offer more proportionate and smoother body contours, which can often achieve the cosmetic results that you’ve been working so hard to achieve.
Your surgeon will use sutures and surgical tape to close your incisions. Incisions will be bandaged. This will keep them clean and protected as you heal. Surgical drains may be used to drain excess fluids that can accumulate under the skin after any major surgery. Drains can be unsightly but they are typically needed for just a few postoperative days. They will aid with a healthy recovery.
The thigh lift surgery can take anywhere from two to four hours to complete. This will vary between individual patients, and is based on individual factors. This could include the amount of loose skin and fat that has to be removed. The length of surgery can also depend on whether the patient opts for additional cosmetic solutions at the same time as the thigh lift surgery. Some patients may opt to undergo a mini tummy tuck or arm lift.