A thigh lift is performed to tighten the skin around the inner thigh to form a more aesthetically pleasing frame. Dr. Walden’s goal is to produce slimmer, more contoured thighs that are proportionate to the buttocks, stomach and legs. The outer thigh is generally not targeted in a thigh lift because liposuction and a butt lift tend to produce better results in that area.
This procedure may be performed alone, or in combination with other cosmetic procedures, such as breast lifts, facelifts and arm lifts. When combined with other procedures, patients can achieve maximum results and enjoy a younger and more refreshed appearance overall. Dr. Walden will discuss your personal aesthetic goals with you in order to develop the best treatment plan for you.
Candidates for a Thigh Lift
The thigh lift procedure is ideal for patients who are in good general health but have excess skin and tissue within the thigh area as a result of the natural aging process, pregnancy or significant weight loss. A thigh lift should not be considered an easy weight-loss solution, and is most effective on patients who are close to their ideal weights but unhappy with the appearance of their thighs. It is important for patients to maintain realistic expectations in order to be satisfied with the results of this procedure.
The Thigh Lift Procedure
The thigh lift procedure is performed under general anesthesia. It requires an incision in the groin area that sometimes extends downward around the back of the thigh, depending on the results desired by the patient. These incisions are placed so that they can be hidden even by swimsuits. An inner (medial) thigh lift may require an incision only in the groin area, and is ideal for patients with a moderate amount of skin and fat in the inner thigh area.
An outer (lateral) thigh lift involves an incision stretching from the groin, and can often lift the buttocks in addition to the thigh.
After the incision is made, Dr. Walden will tighten the tissues in the area to create a smoother and more toned contour. The incisions are closed with sutures, and the patient is asked to wear a compression garment in order to minimize swelling and promote proper healing.
Recovery From a Thigh Lift
After surgery, patients may experience mild bruising, swelling and soreness. Discomfort is generally minimal in smaller lifts, but when large amounts of skin are removed, an overnight stay in the hospital may be required. In either case, pain medication and anti-inflammatory methods will be used. The results of the procedure will be visible right away, and continue to improve as swelling and other symptoms subside.
Light labor is normally possible after less than two weeks, with most physical activity permissible at four to six weeks. All symptoms should be gone and scars maximally faded within six months. After recovery, patients will be able to show off their slimmer, more defined legs. The results of a thigh lift can be permanent, as long as patients maintain an active and healthy lifestyle, and do not gain significant amounts of weight. Additional surgery may be performed if this occurs.
Risks and Complications of a Thigh Lift
Although this procedure is considered safe for most patients, there are certain risks and complications associated with any type of surgical procedure. Some of these risks include infection, healing problems, blood clots and fluid drainage. Patients can reduce these risks by following Dr. Walden’s instructions before and after surgery.