Many women have been unhappy to find that their upper thighs seem to be impervious to the hours of work they put in at the gym. The thighs and hips naturally contain larger amounts of the enzyme lipase, which causes them to store fat quickly, and is why they seem to resistant to exercise and diet. If you find yourself unhappy with how your thighs look, you may want to consider a medial thigh lift.
A medial thigh lift will remove the excess skin and fat from the thigh that creates the undesirable look. It is important to note that the procedure will leave scarring at the hip. The scars will fade over time and can be hidden under bathing suits, though it’s important to decide if the benefits of the surgery will outweigh the scarring.
The ideal candidate for a medial thigh lift will be in good physical and psychological health, with realistic expectations for their outcome. A medial thigh lift is often best for individuals who want a smoother, more toned appearance in their legs, especially the inner thighs where there is extra hanging and folded skin. Additionally, the procedure is desirable for patients who have folds, wrinkles, cellulite, and excess fat in the inner thighs, though the anterior and outer thighs and knees can be affected as well.
The procedure is performed under general anesthesia and usually takes about two hours.
Dr. Fiorillo makes an inconspicuous incision in the groin area underneath the bikini line. Note that the incision often tends to heal dark and wide, but does fade over time. First, liposuction is used to removed excess fat in the thighs and legs. Then a crescent shaped piece of skin is removed high up in the groin, which loosens the tissues below. The tissues are pulled up and the edges are sewn together. The bone and ligaments are secured with deep stitches in order to prevent the tendency of the skin to fall down. The actual length of the incision varies and is dependent on the amount of excess skin. Removal of 5-10 inches of skin is not uncommon.
Drains are used for the next two days to prevent excess fluid buildup, and healing is facilitated with light compression garments.
Initial recovery from a medial thigh lift is generally quick, with the patient able to go home after several hours or after a one night stay. Bruising is nominal to nonexistent and only minimal pain is experienced which subsides by the second or third day. Pain can easily be managed with medications if necessary. Swelling is also minor, generally reaching its peak after two to three days and then improving over the next three weeks. Patients may feel groggy for the first week, but activities may be resumed, though the patient should refrain from work. After ten days, stitches are removed.
Medial thigh lifts are generally safe when performed by an experienced plastic surgeon. However, as with any surgical procedure, certain risks and complications are a possibility. Potential risks of thigh lift surgery include:
Dr. Fiorillo will go over all of the risks of your surgery before you make the decision to undergo it, ensuring you understand all potential outcomes.
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