What is a Thigh Lift Surgery?
Thigh lift surgery is a transformative solution if you are struggling with excess skin on the legs after weight loss, especially in the inner thigh region. The procedure involves the removal of sagging skin, resulting in a smoother and more toned appearance. During the surgery, a scar will be created on the inner thigh, which may extend the full length of the leg depending on the amount of skin to be removed. Although the scars may be visible initially, they will eventually fade to provide a more pleasing appearance over time.
Types of Thigh Lift
Two types of thigh lift surgery are available to improve the appearance of sagging skin in the thigh area. Your plastic surgeon will work with you to determine the best option for you. The first one, the medial thigh lift is focused on tightening the top portion of the inner thigh by removing excess skin. And the other, standard thigh lift which aims to reshape and tone the upper leg often performed on patients who have recently experienced weight loss.
Who is a Good Candidate for a Thigh Lift Surgery After Weight Loss?
If you have experienced significant weight loss and are noticing loose skin around your thighs, you may be a suitable candidate for a thigh lift procedure. Also, you are an ideal candidate if you are within the healthy body weight range (BMI 20-25) and have a stable weight you can maintain, good physical health, and no serious medical or mental health issues. However, if you smoke or use nicotine products you are not eligible for the procedure as nicotine affects blood flow to the skin. In general, It’s advised to wait at least 6 months after significant weight loss and to quit nicotine use 6 weeks prior to and after the surgery.
How is Thigh Lift Surgery Performed?
A thigh lift operation typically involves removing excess skin and fat from the thigh area. The procedure is performed under general anaesthesia. It may take anywhere from 2-3 hours, depending on the extent of the surgery. Your surgeon will determine the best location for incisions based on your individual needs and strive to place them in areas that are easily hidden, such as within a bikini line. Following the procedure, dressings will be applied and temporary drains may be inserted to remove excess fluid. Some pain and discomfort may occur after the surgery, but pain management medication will be prescribed to alleviate discomfort.
Benefits of a Thigh Lift After Weight Loss
A thigh lift can have a number of benefits if you are looking to reshape your thighs after weight loss. These benefits include:
Tighter, smoother skin
Improved contours and proportion in the thigh area
Enhanced self-confidence and body image
- A more toned and youthful appearance
Recovery and Aftercare of Thigh Lift After Weight Loss
The recovery period for a thigh lift changes, although it is typically not too long. However, it will depend on your individual situation. Generally, you can expect to resume your normal routine after roughly one week. During this time, it is advised to maintain the elevation of the legs to enhance blood circulation for at least seven days. You may take showers during the initial stage of recuperation, but hard physical activities should be avoided for at least four weeks to prevent any undue stress on the healing process. As with any surgical procedure, you should follow your surgeon’s aftercare instructions meticulously to ensure a smooth and efficient recovery.
Possible Complications of Thigh Lift
- Uneven scars
- Persistent bulges
- Numbness or tingling of the skin
- Chronic pain
- Reoccurrence of sagging skin
At Avicenna International Hospital, our plastic surgeons are highly trained in thigh lift surgery. They are dedicated to helping you achieve your desired appearance. During a consultation, they will evaluate your individual needs, explain the procedure in detail, and answer any questions you may have. Book your appointment today and take the first step towards restoring your confidence and reshaping your thighs.