Weight loss often leaves patients with unwanted sagging skin. In cases of extreme weight loss, such as after Lap Band surgery or gastric bypass excess sagging skin can be both uncomfortable and unsightly. Fortunately many body lift procedures are available to help remedy this dilemma.
A thigh lift, also known as thighplasty is a relatively simple outpatient procedure used to eliminate excess sagging skin on the upper thighs and create smoother more appealing contours. It can be performed alone or in conjunction with other body lift procedures.
It is important to note that a thigh lift is not a weight loss solution and is not recommended for patients looking to remove excess fat. However, if you are looking to remove a small amount of bothersome fat on the thigh area, liposuction can be utilized during your thigh lift procedure to provide you with your desired result.
Most body lift procedures are performed under general anesthesia and can be performed either at a hospital or an accredited surgical facility.
Depending on the extent of skin to be lifted and removed along the location of the area you are looking to enhance, your surgeon will determine the best location of your incision. The length of the incision also varies depending on these elements. Incisions are made in areas as discrete as possible and can often be hidden by natural folds in the skin and undergarments.
It is expected to experience swelling, bruising and soreness during the first week following your procedure. Side effects will dissipate over the next few weeks. Pain medication will be prescribed by your surgeon to alleviate any discomfort you may experience. You will need to refrain from strenuous activities for 3-4 weeks, although it is important to walk and move around to prevent blood clots and other complications. It is advised that you wear a post-surgery garment after your procedure for at least several weeks to help the healing process, reduce swelling and enhance surgical results.