Medial Thigh Lift
Have expert plastic surgeon in Pearl River, NY reduce troubled thighs
Many women are very frustrated with the fact that their upper thighs seem to be impervious to hours of working out. Thighs and hips naturally contain an enzyme called lipase, which causes quick fat storage. This is why there seems to be a resistance to diet and exercise. If you are discontent with the appearance of your thighs, you should consider a medial thigh lift.
What can a medial thigh lift do for me?
Excess skin and fat from the thigh that causes the undesirable look is removed during the medial thigh lift procedure. However, the procedure does leave scarring at the hip. Over time, scars fade and can be hidden under bathing suits, but it’s still important to decide if surgery will outweigh scarring.
Am I a good candidate for a medial thigh lift?
Anyone who is considering any type of cosmetic surgery should be in good physical and psychological health. They need to have expectations that are realistic. If you want a smooth, more toned look in your legs, especially on the inner thighs, where extra skin may fold or hang, then you are likely a good candidate for this procedure. Also, this procedure may be right for those people with wrinkles, folds, cellulite and excess fat in the inner thighs, while the outer thighs, back of the thighs and knees can also be affected. It is important to have an initial consultation and physical exam with Dr. Fiorillo, a leading plastic surgeon in Pearl River, NY and Montvale, NJ.
How is the procedure performed?
Usually, this procedure takes about 2 hours under general anesthesia.
Dr. Fiorillo will make an incision in an inconspicuous location, usually in the groin area, under the bikini line (this will heal dark and wide, but will fade in time). Liposuction will be applied to remove the excess fat in the legs and thighs. Then a piece of skin, shaped like a crescent, is removed high in the groin. This loosens the tissues beneath it. The tissues are then pulled up and the edges are sutured together. Bone and ligaments are secured by deep stitches to prevent falling of the skin. The incision length is dependent on how much excess skin needs to be removed. It is common to remove 5-10 inches.
In the next 2 days, drains are used for prevention of excess fluid build up, and healing is encouraged by use of light compression garments
What is the recovery from a medial thigh lift like?
The beginning recovery period is usually quick. Patients go home after several hours or a one night stay. Bruising is non-existent or very minimal. Pain is minimal and usually subsides by the second or third day, it is easily managed with medications. There is minor swelling, usually at its worst about 2 or 3 days after the procedure, then it improves over an approximate three week period. Usually, there is some grogginess during the first week, but some moderate activities may resume and the patient should take time off from work to ensure best healing. In about 10 days, the stitches are removed and Dr. Fiorillo will review the progress.
What are the possible risks of medial thigh lifts?
In general, a medial thigh lift is safe, if performed by a plastic surgeon with the expertise of Dr. Fiorillo. However, as is typical for surgical procedures, there are certain risks and complications. For a thigh lift surgery these might be:
- Anesthesia risks
- Fluid accumulation
- Numbness or other changes in skin sensation
- Poor Wound Healing
- Unfavorable scarring
Dr. Fiorillo, the expert plastic surgeon in Pearl River, NY and Montvale, NJ will go over all of the risks of your surgery before you make the decision to undergo it, ensuring you understand all potential outcomes. He will give you pre-op and post-op instructions that, if followed, will help to assure all risks and side effects are minimal or non-existent.