Loose and sagging skin in the area of the inner and outer thighs can make people feel self-conscious. Many people with this problem avoid wearing shorts or bathing suits and have a difficult time finding properly fitting clothes. Excess skin of the inner thighs can cause uncomfortable rubbing and chafing that can lead to rashes or sores. Excess thigh skin can be inherited, or caused by rapid weight gain, loss and gravity. When stretched skin loses its elasticity or there are areas of fatty tissue that are not responsive to diet and exercise, surgery can help.
This procedure may be performed alone, or in combination with other cosmetic procedures, such as part of a body lift or with a buttock lift. When combined with other procedures, patients can achieve maximum results and enjoy a younger and more refreshed appearance overall. Your doctor will discuss your personal aesthetic goals with you in order to develop your customized treatment plan.
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 weight 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 their thigh lift procedure.
There are different types of thigh lifts to address different problem areas. Thigh lifts that target the inner thighs can help improve the shape of your inner thigh, while eliminating the discomfort of rubbing and chafing. To improve the shape of your outer thighs, a belt lipectomy or lower body lift may help. This is a procedure designed to tighten the skin by removing a "belt" of skin all the way around the body, thus raising the buttocks, hips, and thighs to a more youthful position. While thigh lifts produce great results it is important to realize that the trade off is the chance of a scar.
The thigh lift procedure is usually performed under general anesthesia and may require an overnight stay. It can take from two to four hours.
Depending on the amount of excess skin, an inner (medial) thigh lift may require an incision in the groin area alone, and is ideal for patients with a moderate amount of skin and fat in the inner thigh area. Patients with more skin and fatty tissue may require a vertical scar extending down the thigh as well. An outer (lateral) thigh lift involves an incision extending from the flanks and back, and can often lift the buttocks in addition to the thigh.
After the incision is made, the surgeon will tighten the underlying tissues in the area to create a smoother and more toned contour. The incisions are closed with sutures and the patient will be asked to wear a compression garment in order to minimize swelling and promote proper healing.
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 medications are utilized. The results of the procedure will be visible immediately and will continue to improve as swelling and other symptoms subside.
Return to work is usually possible after less than two weeks, while most physical activity is permissible at three to four 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 thighs and eliminate any previous embarrassment. The results of a thigh lift can be permanent, as long as patients maintain an active and healthy life and do not gain significant amounts of weight. Additional surgery may be performed if this occurs. To schedual a consultation contact Dr. Mark Schwartz at his practice in New York City NY.
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 choosing a skilled and experienced surgeon to perform their procedure, and by following the doctor's instructions before and after surgery.
If you are interested in learning more about a Thigh Lift in New York City, call 212-737-9090 to schedule a consultation.