In general, candidates for a thigh lift are: People whose weight is relatively stable. Individuals with excess soft tissue along the inner (medial) thigh region and/or the outer (lateral) thigh. Healthy individuals who do not have medical conditions that impair healing or increase risk of surgery.
Thigh lift results usually last for five to 10 years. However, the lifestyle choices you make post-op significantly affect how long your results will last. Skin sagging is a natural side effect of the aging process. The older you become, the less collagen, HA, and elastin your skin produces.
Buttock and thigh lifts are considered cosmetic and not medically necessary when done in the absence of a significant functional impairment or when not expected to improve a significant functional impairment.
A thigh lift is usually not very painful compared to some other procedures. We try to reduce pain by infiltrating the area full of both short and long acting local anesthetics at the time of surgery.
A thigh lift requires that you have drains after surgery: These help drain the fluid that is produced under your skin as part of the healing process. Without drains, this fluid can accumulate, termed a seroma. The drains stay in until the drainage is less than 25 ml per drain in a twenty four hour period.
Your plastics surgeon will make an incision at the junction of the inner thigh and the pubic area so that excess skin and fat can be removed and the remaining skin tightened. You will have two drainage tubes in place and these will be removed one to two weeks after surgery.
Although muscle tone can be tightened with targeted exercises, surgery is the only solution to remove excess skin. Surgical removal of excess skin and tissue with a thigh lift can slim the lines of the inner and outer thighs.
For patients who have a small area of skin laxity and minimal excess fat on their inner thighs. AccuTite is a non-surgical procedure that uses radiofrequency to contract the skin, stimulate the production of collagen, contour the skin, and reduce unwanted fat. It is performed through one needle puncture on each thigh.
People can try lifting up the sagging skin on their thighs. If the cellulite disappears by doing this, it will also likely go away after a thigh lift. However, if the cellulite remains intact, a thigh lift procedure will not remove the cellulite.
Light exercises such as walking can begin when you are comfortable, but avoid any strenuous activities such as lifting, straining and stretching your legs. Strenuous activities may be gradually increased 2-3 weeks following surgery, and you may typically resume normal activities in about 4-6 weeks.
Inner thigh lift scar will either look like a vertical straight line that runs from the groin straight down the leg or will resemble the shape of a T with the top line of the T hidden in the crease where the thigh meets the groin and the remainder running vertically down the inside of the inner thigh.
A scarless thigh lift is a cosmetic body contouring surgery that gives you the best of two worlds. On one hand, the procedure converts saggy and dimpled upper thighs to smoother and tighter “pins.” And on the other hand, you have no visible scars.
Generally, a thigh lift scar will be located in the crease between the front of your upper thigh and the pubic area. These scars are extensive but can be usually be well-concealed by undergarments and bikinis.
Tummy Tuck Along with a Thigh Lift
YES, having the excess fat and skin removed from your inner thighs is an ideal time to be performed at the same time as your tummy tuck. Dr. Kronowitz, located in Houston, TX, uses completely hidden incisions to perform both procedures.
It is performed by removing a crescent of skin and fat from the upper portion of the inner thigh creating a horizontal scar. Standard thigh lift includes the removal of excess loose skin and fat to reshape, tone, and firm the upper leg; generally as a result of weight loss.
Inner thigh sagging can be the result of factors like weight loss, muscle loss, or aging. As we age, our muscle tone tends to decrease unless we work very hard to maintain it through specific and specialized exercises. Skin on the legs, including the thighs, will also begin to lose tone and youthfulness with age.
Resistance training can help you build muscles in flabby inner-thigh areas, toning and filling out loose skin. Schedule resistance training exercises that require the movement of your inner thigh muscles.
Spiral Thigh Lift: A spiral thighplasty is a newer procedure that targets the front, back, inner and outer thigh at the same time. The incision is below the buttock fold and continues over the groin crease at the junction of the thigh and pubic area.
The main culprit behind weight gain in your thighs is estrogen. This hormone drives the increase in fat cells in females, causing deposits to form most commonly around the buttocks and thighs.
Thigh lift patients are advised to take two weeks off work and avoid lifting or driving for four weeks. You'll have a further post-op appointment so we can check that you're healing well and happy with your results.
Normally, your stitches will be removed within a week after surgery, though deeper sutures aren't removed until two or three weeks after. You may also wear a support garment for few weeks to reduce swelling and will need to take antibiotics to prevent infection.
The pain level is about the same. If they did muscle tightening with your prior tummy tuck, they may not need to do muscle tightening with your lower body lift.