What is Thigh Lift?
Thigh Lift (Also known as Thighplasty) is a procedure which lifts and tightens the loose skin on the inside area of the thighs. It does not usually lift the front or the back area of the thigh. Sagging of these areas as well as the outer thigh and buttock regions is usually best treated by way of a Body Lift which is a much larger operation, and is associated with a scar right around the entire circumference of your body at the level of your waist. Unlike Liposuction which only reduces the unwanted fat, a Thigh Lift will also remove the skin and therefore tighten the inner aspect of the thighs.
What a Thigh Lift won't do
Thigh Lifts are not intended strictly for the removal of excess fat. Liposuction alone can remove excess fat deposits where skin has good elasticity and is able to naturally conform to new body contours.
In cases where skin elasticity is poor, a combination of Liposuction and Thigh Lift techniques may be recommended.
When to Consider a Thigh Lift
If you want your thighs to have a better, more proportional contour and a firmer look and feel.
If you have undergone Bariatric Surgery or massive Weight Loss.
If you are distressed about loose, flabby skin on your thighs.
If you have difficulty fitting into clothing because of heavy thighs.
What options do I have?
There are two different types of Thigh Lift procedures: Medial (Inner) Thigh lift or Lateral (Outer) Thigh Lift.
A physical examination, a thorough medical history and a discussion with Mr Khan will help determine whether a Medial or Lateral Thigh Lift is most appropriate, or whether you will benefit from a combined Lower Body Lift.
How is a Thigh Lift Surgery performed?
Medial (Inner) Thigh Lift: An incision is made in the groin area, and any excess fat and skin are excised along the inner aspect of the thigh. Liposuction may be but is not always included in this procedure, depending on your individual requirements. The area from the groin to the knee is recontoured and the procedure is repeated for the other thigh. If a more substantial wedge of tissue is removed, the procedure is called a Thighplasty.
Lateral (Outer) Thigh Lift:This is a more complex procedure, usually involving recontouring of the buttocks as well as the outer thighs and removal of more tissue. Scarring is more extensive, and the skin will be less elastic after the surgery, so weight should be maintained.
Recovery and Aftercare after Thigh Lift Surgery
Mr Khan will discuss how long it will be before you can return to your normal level of activity and work. After surgery, you and your caregiver will receive detailed instructions about your postsurgical care, including information about:
Drains, if they have been placed
Normal symptoms you will experience
Potential signs of complications
Immediately After your Thigh Lift: Although your new smooth contours will be visible immediately after surgery, there will be a period of bruising, swelling and soreness. If your pain is extreme or long-lasting, contact Mr Khan. You should contact Mr Khan to find out if your pain, bruising and swelling is normal or a sign of a problem.
Recovery time frame After a Thigh Lift: It is vitally important that you follow all patient care instructions provided by Mr Khan. This will include information about wearing compression garments, care of your drains, taking an antibiotic if prescribed, and the level and type of activity that is safe. Mr Khan will also provide detailed instructions about the normal symptoms you will experience and any potential signs of complications. It is important to realize that the amount of time it takes for recovery varies greatly among individuals.
The first two weeks:
During the first ten to 14 days you should only engage in light activities.
This is a critical period for healing and you should be watchful for any signs of infection or nonhealing and report these to Mr Khan immediately.
The pull of gravity and the actions of walking, sitting, and bending put stress on the sutured areas, so you should make careful and deliberate movements.
It will be helpful if you have someone staying with you for the first few days of your recovery.
Weeks two to eight:
You may need to wear a compression garment for the first month to optimize contouring of the thighs.
Swelling should subside in three to five weeks.
You may resume driving and walking for exercise after the first two to three weeks, when these activities do not cause pain.
Avoid heavy lifting and jogging for six to eight weeks.
Results of a Thigh Lift
Your recovery from Thigh Lift Surgery will go well if you follow Mr Khan's Post-Operative directions, have a caretaker help you with daily activities, attend follow-up appointments, get plenty of rest, and make sure your incisions remain clean. Taking care of yourself after surgery is vital to achieving your desired results. Your thighs will be delicate and need to heal properly so they can look great.