• Thigh Lift

Old age can lead to cellulite and loose thigh skin sagging. Two techniques can be helpful towards removing excess skin and fat from either the inner or the outer thigh. These procedures include the inner thigh lift and the outer thigh lift.

Most doctors advise their patients to undertake an inner thigh lift as it results in invisible incisions. The thigh lift operation is also recommended for individuals who have succeeded in a weight reduction program and thus desire to get shapely thighs that reflect their toned figure.  Getting a thigh lift achieves a confident look for individuals who undertake it.

Operation Technique

  1. Inner thigh lift

At this level, the extra fat and skin are removed from the inner thigh region. In some cases, liposuction procedures can be performed along with the process, but it is not always included in the operation. The groin area up to the knee is reshaped, and the procedure is repeated on the other thigh.

  1. Outer thigh lift

This operation process is quite complex. This procedure involves reshaping of the outer thighs and removal of tissue from the buttocks area. After this operation, there will be more visible scars with tight skin, so a well-maintained body weight is required.

Pre-Operation
  • It is important for patients to avoid anti- inflammatory drugs such as aspirin and other supplementary medications that can cause anticoagulation 2 weeks before the operation.
  • The patient must also abstain from food and water 6 hours to the operation.
  • A general medical checkup is mandatory before the operation.
  • If the patient is a female, the operation should be avoided if they are on their periods.
  • Patients with hypertension need to control their pressure under 140/90 mmHg before getting the operation.
The Procedure

Before the procedure, general anesthesia is administered to the patient, and then an incision is made in the groin. The doctor then gets rid of excess fat and skin before stitching up the incision.

Post Operation
  • A thigh lift incision takes about 3 weeks to recover.
  • The patient can start to take showers 7 days after the operation.
  • A bandage wrap can be used to wrap around the thigh for 2 weeks.
  • The patient must avoid a lot of movements so that the wound recovers quickly.
  • The patient is expected to wear compression garments for at least 2 weeks.
Risks involved

The biggest risk is an infection of the wound. This can also lead to poor wound healing and even cause skin loss.  Changes in skin sensation are to be expected as part of the risks associated with the surgery.  If anything goes wrong with the first surgery, one may need to perform other procedures to correct the initial procedure.