Many patients who have experienced a significant weight loss are left with stretched, loose, hanging skin in the thigh and buttock areas. An increase in skin laxity also occurs as a result of the aging process due to environmental and genetic factors. Nonetheless, as a result of excess hanging skin, patients find themselves limited in their activities and uncomfortable with their appearance. If you are one of those patients who desires to wear shorts with comfort and bicycle (or simply walk) without having friction between your legs then a thigh lift may be the beginning to a new life.
A thigh lift is performed through incisions placed in the natural groin crease. The excess skin is removed and the tissues are lifted to improve the contour and smooth the skin of the entire area below it extending to the knees. The procedure length will vary (average 3-4 hours) based on your body habitus and the extent of lift required. It is usually performed as a day surgery in an accredited facility, although it may require an overnight stay depending on your overall health.
Can I combine a thigh lift with other plastic surgery procedures?
Many patients who have lost a significant amount of weight also desire to have a tummy tuck, arm lift, or a breast lift to rid themselves of excess loose skin and improve their body contour and tone. Although it is usually possible to combine this procedure with other plastic surgery procedures, it will ultimately depend on your overall health and body habitus.
What should I anticipate about the recovery?
Temporary bruising, swelling, and soreness are to be expected and should improve after 7-10 days. Wearing the elastic garment (similar to spandex shorts) that will be provided to you will minimize the swelling. Your return to work will vary based on the area of the leg treated and the extent of skin removed. You are encouraged to walk the same day of your surgery and can return to light activity after a few days. Plan to refrain from driving or working for 10 days to allow for optimal healing and results. Strenuous activity should be avoided for 4 weeks.
What other tips do I need to know about?
A thigh lift can be limited to the inner thigh or performed to improve the entire the leg circumference. Similarly, a lower body lift can be employed to lift the thigh and the buttock. The appropriate procedure will depend on the location of excess skin and your desires. Dr. Okşar will be glad to provide you with a complimentary consultation and assist you in determining the procedure that fits your needs.