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Thigh Lift

When your weight loss efforts are counteracted with the consequence of excess, sagging skin, it can be very frustrating.  Equally as disappointing, you may have upper legs that are simply resistant to your diet and exercise attempts and are only becoming more problematic as you get older.  Your objective for firmer, more sculpted and toned upper legs simply cannot be met as your skin has lost its elasticity or may have an unforgiving memory of its former, stretched position.  A Thigh Lift, or Thighplasty, can offer a solution by reshaping and tightening the thighs with the removal of excess skin, and in some cases, fat, to provide more proportionate and smoother body contours.  The results are more refined and attractive upper legs.

 

A Thigh Lift is performed under General Anesthesia.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is a Thigh Lift right for me?

    If you notice an improvement in the appearance of your thighs when you pull up on your excess skin, then a Thigh Lift may be the right procedure for you.  A Thigh Lift is a highly individualized procedure and you should do it for yourself, not to fulfill someone else’s desires or to try to fit any sort of ideal image.

     

    Good candidates are:

    • Healthy individuals who do not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healing
    • Individuals who are physically healthy and at a stable weight
    • Individuals with excess soft tissue along the inner or medial thigh region and/or outer thigh
    • Non-smokers
    • Individuals with a positive outlook and specific yet realistic goals in mind for a Thigh Lift
  • What may I expect during my personalized consultation

  • How will I need to prepare for my Thigh Lift surgery?

  • Where are the incisions made during a Thigh Lift?

    Incisions vary depending on the area(s) to be treated, degree of correction needed and patient and surgeon preference.  You and Dr. Vartany will discuss which incision options are appropriate for your desired outcome.  Incision options include:

     

    Medial Thigh Lift

    This incision is placed along the inner groin area within the natural crease, extending downward and wrapping around the back of the thigh.  A minimal incision Medial Thigh Lift would involve an incision only in the groin area.  These incisions are generally well concealed with underwear or a bathing suit.

     

    Vertical Thigh Lift

    This incision is placed vertically from the groin area down and along your inner thigh.  This technique allows for more drastic results; however, yields a very noticeable scar.  A Vertical Thigh Lift is usually only performed on individuals who have had massive weight loss resulting in a considerable amount of excess skin to be removed.  In some cases, a combination of a Medial Thigh Lift and a Vertical Thigh Lift may be necessary.

     

    Outer Thigh Lift

    This incision is placed in the groin area and extends around the hip.  Dr. Vartany carefully positions the incisions in a strategic location where they can be concealed by most types of clothing, a bathing suit or underwear.

  • What can I expect during my recovery?

  • Are there additional instructions for my Thigh Lift recovery?

    After your Thigh Lift procedure is complete, dressings and/or bandages will be applied to the incisions.  On the day of your surgery, a compression garment will be provided.  You will need to wear this garment, morning and night, for 4-8 weeks after surgery.  The garment is designed to minimize swelling and support the new contours of your thighs as they heal.

     

    Small, thin tubes with drains attached may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect.  If drains are necessary for your procedure, they will need to be emptied twice daily.  A form will be provided for you to log the amount of fluid being drained from each side, both morning and night.  Your drains will be removed, in the office, once the fluid output goes down.  This is generally 5-7 days after surgery.

    You may not shower while your drains are in place.

     

    If your procedure does not require surgical drains, you may shower 3 days after surgery.  Gently wash and pat the incisions dry.  Immediately replace your compression garment.

     

    You may not drive a vehicle until you have been permitted to do so.

  • How much time should I take off of work or school?

    You will need to allow 10-14 days off from work or school for this procedure due to swelling and discomfort.

  • What are some procedures that may compliment a Thigh Lift?

  • Important facts about the safety and risks of Thigh Lift surgery

    Dr. Vartany will explain, in detail, the risks associated with a Thigh Lift.  It will be your personal choice in determining if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks and potential complications are acceptable.  You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure and any risks or potential complications.

     

    The risks include:

    • Unfavorable scarring
    • Bleeding (hematoma)
    • Infection
    • Fluid accumulation
    • Poor wound healing
    • Skin loss
    • Blood clots
    • Numbness or other changes in skin sensation
    • Anesthesia risks
    • Skin discoloration and/or swelling
    • Fatty tissue found deep in the skin might die (fat necrosis)
    • Major wound separation
    • Asymmetry
    • Pain, which may persist
    • Unsatisfactory results such as highly visible surgical scar location, unacceptable visible deformities, bunching and rippling in the skin near the suture lines or at the ends of the incisions
    • Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
    • Recurrent looseness of skin
    • Sutures may spontaneously surface through the skin, become visible or produce irritation that require removal
    • Possibility of revisional surgery
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