Thigh Lift

Lifting and Reduction of the Thigh Area

Are you wanting to reduce your inner thighs to stop them from rubbing uncomfortably together?  A Thigh Lift or Thighplasty plastic surgery procedure to reduce excess skin on your thighs might be the solution. Loose, hanging or saggy thigh skin is often an embarrassment to men and women who have lost an extreme amount of weight after through exercise or bariatric surgery. This weight loss in large proportions causes the skin to become very loose and wobbly in various areas around the body.

Wobbly or Chaffing Thighs can be reduced with Plastic Surgery

Having loose skin around the thighs causes discomfort when walking and exercising due to chafing of the skin and an unpleasant “wobbly” feeling as the skin moves around. It is also one of the more common complaints from post-weight loss patients, who feel unable to wear shorts in summer or move comfortably during exercise classes or when walking or running. People are often bothered when their inner thigh skin rubs together in a skin-irritating or chaffing manner, with excess skin folds causing major discomfort in day to day activities. On top of this the skin folds also leave you prone to painful skin rashes, fungal infections and extensive neck and back pain.
Thighplasty - Thigh Lift and Reduction after Bariatric Surgery


What to Expect from the Thigh Lift

The Thigh Lift procedure is most commonly performed in conjunction with a liposuction, this is to provide more sculpting to the area in order to provide the best results. It is important to note that in order to achieve the best results it is recommended the patients loose as much weight as possible before the procedure in order to maximize the effectiveness of the Thigh Lift.

Thigh Lift - Before Bariatric Surgery ShotThe Thighplasty involves surgically removing the hanging skin folds through either an Inner Thigh Incision or a ‘T’ Incision depending on how much skin is removed and how much tightening is to be done. Depending on the procedure decided upon by your plastic surgeon, you will end up with a scar spanning from the region where your inner thigh meets your pubic area and spanning backwards towards the crease of the buttocks if necessary. If you surgeon decides that a “T” Incision is necessary then you will have an additional scar spanning from the middle of the other scar and down the inner thigh running towards the knee. Scars are intentionally positioned on the inside of the leg in order to minimize visibility from a relaxed standing position. Such scars will visibly fade over the span of 12 months and can be improved via a range of scar revisional treatments such as the Healite II or Fraxel.

Patients should expect an overnight hospital stay post procedure and can expect to experience soreness, bruising or swelling, this will slowly subside over a few weeks. During this time surgeons will prescribe pain management medication. Patients should be given a compression garment to cover the pelvis and thigh region to assist in healing and help prevent blood clots. In this recovery period it is advised that patients keep incisions dry in the next few days post surgery.

You should find yourself up and moving as soon as you are possible in order to reduce the blood clots in your legs, this is usually achived in around 2-3 weeks post-op. Patients can expect to get back to normal routines in around a month.

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