Removing Excess Skin
Excess skin on the thighs is often created after significant weight loss. After the fat melts away, many areas of the body can be left with excessive amounts of skin, causing discomfort in clothing and a poor self-image.
Thigh lift plastic surgery can tighten sagging or wrinkled skin and create smoother, more youthful-looking thighs.
What Is Thigh Lifts?
A thigh lift can remove skin that has lost elasticity and improve the overall appearance of the inner or outer thigh area. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia and usually takes about two hours. An incision is made in the groin area beneath the bikini line and some of the thigh skin is removed. Then tissue below the incision area is loosened and after the skin is pulled up and tightened, the incision is closed with sutures.
Deep stitches are also used to secure the skin below and prevent sagging as the incisions heal. Drains are placed inside the incision site to help collect excess residual fluid that can build up after surgery. Drains are usually removed after just a few days.
Am I a Candidate for a Thigh Lift?
After doing the research, many people find that this procedure is a good choice for them:
- People who have a saggy, loose appearance and poor elasticity to thigh skin as a result of age or genetics.
- Women and men who have loose skin on their thighs following weight loss. These women may also qualify for other procedures, such as a tummy tuck.
Immediately following surgery, you will be placed in a compression garment to reduce swelling and help with tightening of thigh skin. You will have some swelling and bruising that should subside within one month.
Most patients will be able to return to work within two weeks.Non dissolvable sutures will typically be taken out within a week to ten days.
Minimal, light activities can be performed after about two weeks.More strenuous activities can resume within after six weeks. After four to six months most all of your postoperative symptoms should be gone.
Even though you’ll probably have some amount of swelling, the results of your surgery should be immediately noticeable. A thigh lift will create visible scars that may fade over time. Most patients feel that the results of their surgery far outweigh any scars, and a thigh lift can restore confidence by re-creating a more youthful appearance.
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