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.
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:
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.
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.
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.