A thigh lift or lower body lift is a cosmetic procedure that sculpts the upper thigh region by surgically reducing fat and skin. The procedure is particularly effective in tackling excess sagging skin which may have appeared as a result of dramatic weight loss or as an effect of aging. Its result is a more balanced and shapely profile in the lower body.
Understanding The Procedure
In cases where there are excess fat deposits in the inner thigh, the procedure will begin with liposuction. The cosmetic surgeon then makes careful incisions around the groin and inner thigh area and removes surplus skin. The remaining skin is then raised and reshaped while the scar is concealed in the groin to create a better defined thigh area. The results of this procedure can be seen immediately after and are expected to improve over subsequent weeks. Friction from activities such as walking may disturb the thigh area and consequently lengthen the healing period.
What Are The Benefits Of A Thigh Lift?
- Improve look and feel of skin
- Reduced loose skin on the inner and outer thigh
- Reduce contour asymmetry
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Are You A Good Candidate For A Thigh Lift?
A thigh lift will greatly benefit individuals who have considerable inelasticity around the torso skin, excessive back, flank and midsection skin, as well as those with drooping or sagging thighs and buttocks. In addition, individuals who have hit a weight loss plateau but are looking to get better results in their lower body area will appreciate the contouring power of a thigh lift. That withstanding, a commitment to a healthy lifestyle will prove helpful in maintaining the gains achieved by the procedure.
What Are The Expected Results?
This procedure should achieve a more compact and shapely lower body region. Skin around the thighs should also improve in look and feel. Given the invasive nature of this procedure, some scaring should be expected. With general levels of fitness and weight control, the final results should last long. Some loss of firmness will eventually occur due to ageing but the initial gains made should hold up well.
How Is The Post Operation Recovery Like?
Thigh lifts are performed as an inpatient procedure. Most patients only spend a night at the surgical facility. One effect of the surgery is swelling, which can be expected for about 14 days following the procedure. It greatly subsides within six weeks. The scars will require reduced mobility to fully heal. Patients are therefore required to take about two weeks off for healing to occur. However, light activities can begin after 7 to 10 days.
The procedure makes use of dissolvable sutures to hold tissue. This means that no removal of stitches will be required once the tissues hold. Catheters which are used to drain fluids from the treatment area are removed about a week after the lift. Best results are realized after about 12 weeks following surgery.
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