Thigh Lift – Dr. Burton Sundin & Dr. Reps Sundin, Washington D.C.
Once excess fat and skin accumulate on your inner and outer thigh, it becomes one of the most difficult areas of the body to firm and tone. Oftentimes, even with proper diet and exercise, the thigh area may never respond as you wish it would to the excess skin that has lost its’ elasticity. For this reason, surgeons have developed the surgical thigh lift procedure.
It is a procedure that sculpts and reshapes the contours of your thighs and lower body by removing excess skin and fat from the inner and outer thigh areas.
Is It Right For Me?
The thigh lift may be right for those who:
- Do not have dramatic fluctuations in weight and whose weight is relatively balanced
- Have excess fat and skin in the areas of the inner and outer thigh and lower body
- Are generally healthy and have no pre-existing medical conditions or illness
- Do not smoke
- Have realistic expectations of the procedure and are committed to a healthy lifestyle including proper diet and exercise
What To Expect During Your Consultation
As with any cosmetic enhancement surgery, you should first consider your motivations for surgery to be sure that you’re choosing surgery for yourself and not to fulfill someone else’s’ desires or expectations of you or your body. It is a very personal matter and any decision for surgery should come after careful consideration of all the facts and emotions involved.
As stated before, you should consider the thigh lift procedure after you’ve reached your weight loss goals, as losing dramatic amounts of weight loss after the thigh lift procedure could have adverse effects on your results, such as additional loose, sagging skin.
In order to create the best possible results from your thigh lift surgery, it is important that your surgeon consult with you to discuss your desires and expectations, as well as how the thigh lift surgery will impact your health, lifestyle and general well-being. It is a good idea to prepare by considering the following before your consultation:
- General medical history, including the results of laboratory work and past surgeries
- A detailed account of current prescription medications, supplements (vitamins or others) that you take
- Any use of tobacco or other drugs
- What are your motivations for surgery? What are your expectations?
- At the consultation, your surgeon will also:
- Evaluate your current health
- Photographically document the areas of the body to be effected by surgery
- Based on the information gathered, your surgeon will discuss your surgical options and recommend a course of treatment
- Disclose the risk of common complications associated with the thigh lift surgery and the use of anesthesia
- Cover what to do the day of surgery
- Cover post-operative care and recovery
Preparing for Surgery
- In the weeks before surgery, your surgeon may request:
- Further laboratory testing or medical evaluations
- Adjusting current prescriptions
- That you avoid the consumption of alcohol, drugs and abstain from smoking for a certain period surrounding surgery
What Happens During the Thigh Lift Procedure?
Depending on your individual circumstances, your doctor will suggest either intravenous or general anesthesia.
The incision itself that is most commonly used runs from the groin area directly down the leg, wrapping around the back of the thigh, so the incision scar is hidden as much as possible. The fat and muscle beneath the skin will then be surgically tightened and excess skin cut away, to create a more contoured, youthful appearance.
An alternative is the minimal incision medical thigh lift, which involves a smaller incision in the groin area. Your surgeon will discuss your options in the consultation and the most appropriate approach will be determined to produce the best results.
It is important to note that, although plastic surgeons employ cutting-edge techniques in order to minimize scarring and most incision scars can be hidden by clothing and follow swimsuit lines, the scarring can be extensive and permanent.
Closing the Incisions
Once the procedure has been completed, the incisions are closed with layered sutures, clips and surgical tape.
See the results
Although you will notice immediate results, your tissues will continue to recover even further as swelling subsides and scars begin to fade, and you will find that your results will continue to unfold over time.
The recovery period immediately following your surgery is critical to achieving the best results possible from the surgery. It is, therefore, of paramount importance that you follow your doctor’s instructions exactly. Bandages will need to be changed, restrictive garments worn and restrictions on physical activity followed strictly. These are just a few of the steps one can take in order to fully realize the potential results of thigh lift surgery. In most cases, you can return to work within a week or so and resume limited physical activity shortly thereafter.
Important Facts about the Safety and Risks Associated with Thigh Lift Surgery
Ultimately, the decision to undergo the thigh lift procedure is yours alone. After careful consideration of both the risks and benefits of surgery, you’ll have to weigh the risks against the potential benefits to make an informed decision that you can live with. Your health care professional will go over all potential risks of surgery and will make themselves available to answer any and all of your questions.
Here is a listing of some of the risks associated with thigh lift surgery:
- Adverse scarring
- Excessive bleeding (hematoma)
- Complications associated with scar healing, including pain associated with surgery
- Fluids aggregation
- Necrosis, or fatty tissues deep within the affected area may die
- Leg swelling that won’t go away
- Skin loosening persists
- Potential risks of anesthesia use
- Blood clots
- Temporary or permanent loss of sensation, or nerve damage
When You Go Home
If you experience shortness of breath, chest pains, or unusual heart beats, seek medical attention immediately. Should any of these complications occur, you may require hospitalization and additional treatment.
The practice of medicine and surgery is not an exact science. Although good results are expected, there is no guarantee. In some situations, it may not be possible to achieve optimal results with a single surgical procedure and another surgery may be necessary.
After any surgery, it is important to closely monitor how you feel, especially directly after surgery. Varying degrees of pain are certainly to be expected, however, if you experience any kind of tightness or shortness of breath, pains deep in your chest or an irregular heart beat you should go to the doctor immediately. To avoid complications, it is of paramount importance that you strictly follow your doctor’s post-surgical instructions and be careful!
The recovery period immediately following your surgery is critical to achieving the best results possible from the surgery. It is, therefore, of paramount importance that you follow your doctor’s instructions exactly. Bandages will need to be changed and restrictions on physical activity are just a few of the steps one must take in order to fully realize the potential results of abdominoplasty surgery. In most cases, you can return to work within two weeks and resume limited physical activity shortly thereafter.
Here are some important questions regarding recovery to ask your doctor before surgery:
- Where will I recover directly after surgery?
- Will I be prescribed any post-surgery medications?
- How often do my bandages need to be changed and when will they be removed permanently?
- When will the stitches be removed?
- How soon will I need to return for a follow-up visit?
- When can I resume physical activity, like exercise?
The Results Will Be Long Lasting
While some results will be visible immediately, your body will continue to heal and as the swelling subsides and results will continue to reveal a more contoured, shapely lower body that can be maintained through use of proper diet and exercise. It is important to understand that by following your doctor’s post-operative instructions thoroughly and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, you can determine the quality of the results of your liposuction surgery, to some degree.