For many individuals, achieving a firmer, more proportionate body can be very difficult to achieve, despite one's best efforts at fitness and weight loss. This can be particularly true in the thigh area, where excess fat and loose, sagging skin can develop due to age, heredity or significant weight loss.
The thigh lift is a surgical procedure which reduces excess skin and sometimes fat in order to reshape the thighs for a firmer and more youthful looking appearance. The thigh and lower body will have a smoother, more proportionate contour. The thigh lift can help individuals who are bothered by excess soft tissue of the inner or medial thigh and/or the outer thigh.
How a Thigh Lift Is Done
The location and extent of the incision will vary according to the individual patient and the area of the thigh which is being treated. Commonly, incisions are placed so that they begin in the groin and then extend down and around to the back of the back of the thigh. When treating the outer thigh, the incisions may extend to the hip. For patients with less extensive sagging, a minimal incision may be appropriate which is limited to the groin area. Working through the incision, the tissues will be reshaped and tightened, and the excess skin removed and re-draped for a smoother, more toned contour.
When the surgery is complete, the incisions may be covered with a bandage or dressing. Patients will also be fitted with a compression garment or elastic bandage to help support the new contours of the body and minimize swelling.
Keeping the Patient Comfortable
Intravenous sedation or general anesthesia may be used for the thigh lift to keep the patient comfortable.
The Immediate After-Effects
Swelling and bruising are common after surgery and may persist for several weeks. A compression garment will need to be worn for several weeks to help support the new body contours and minimize swelling. After surgery, small drainage tubes may be inserted at the incision sites to drain excess fluid or blood and these are usually removed within a few days.
All surgical procedures have potential risks which should be discuss in detail with your Detroit, MI surgeon prior to your thigh lift. The potential risks associated with the thigh lift may include unfavorable scarring, bleeding, infection, poor wound healing, anesthesia risks, and asymmetry.
The Results to Expect
Results may be seen immediately after the thigh lift but will improve over the next several months as the swelling fades and the final results become visible. Patients will enjoy a smoother, tighter contour to the thighs which will be in better proportion to the rest of their body.
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