Thigh lift (Thighplasty)
A thigh lift can decrease excess skin and fat in the thigh and knee area to give a smooth looking, slim thigh that will look great.
Dr Wessam applies the best approach for your needs to reduce the appearance of the inner or outer thighs sagging, helping you achieve a body that is firmer and more proportionate to your body image.
There are two types of thigh lift procedures, medial and standard:
• Medial thigh lift:
reduces excess skin and fat on the upper portion of the inner thigh giving a firmer appearance. It is performed by removing a crescent of skin and fat from the upper portion of the inner thigh creating a horizontal scar.
• Standard thigh lift includes the removal of excess loose skin and fat to reshape, tone, and firm the upper leg; generally as a result of weight loss. The scar in this procedure may be both vertically and horizontally.
During you consultation with Dr Wessam, the most suitable type of procedure, based upon your skin redundancy and amount of loose skin will all be discussed.
The scars will depend on the technique used. The scars and final type of shape will vary according to the style of procedure used. Dr Wessam will help you understand the best technique for you. Most patients form very good quality scars over time. The length of time will vary in each individual.
Preparation before your surgery
A full medical history will be obtained before any surgery.
• Do not take any over the counter medicines or herbal remedies before surgery or for 3 days following. Avoid aspirin, ibuprofen and Voltarol based tablets.
• It would be useful to bring a list of any prescribed medications to your pre-op assessment.
If you are a smoker, try and stop for a minimum of six weeks before and five days after surgery as it can reduce the chances of complications.
Thigh lift Recovery and Results
• There will be bruising, swelling and soreness for some time after your surgery but you will be able to see smooth, tight contours of your new thigh immediately.
• You will feel some discomfort and tightness for the first 48 to 72 hours after surgery, but you should begin to feel normal after day three.
• You will be wearing a compression garment (corset) to protect the incisions and help shrinking and tightening of the skin after your surgery.
• Keep your legs slightly bent at the hips during the first week after your thigh lift. This will minimize any tension on your incision line, reduce pain and result in a thinner, less-visible scar during the initial healing process.
• Gauze pads over the groin incisions will be applied so that the incision line remains dry.
We will check your wound and change the first dressing at day 2-3 at the clinic. During that visit your next appointment will be made.