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Thigh Lift

Redundant inner thigh skin is a common problem after massive weight loss. Patients also experience laxity of tissue on the outside surface of the thighs. It is usually not as prominent as the skin on the inner surface. Patients complain about inability to wear normal clothing.

Inner thigh lift addresses the laxity of the skin on the inner aspect of the thighs. It allows for removal of redundant skin and fatty tissue.

The Preoperative visit

During the consultation the patientís desires and concerns, as well, as the physical deformities are evaluated. Photographs will be reviewed. Dr. Soltanian discusses various options and his recommendations including the limitations and surgical risks. Thigh lift can be combined with liposuction for enhancement of the results.

Ideal Candidates

The best candidates for thigh lift are patients who are close to their ideal body weight and do not experience significant weight fluctuations. Major medical conditions such as heart and lung conditions may be a relative contraindication for this procedure.  Patients should understand that there will be permanent scars after this procedure.

The Procedure

Thigh lift is performed under general anesthesia. The procedure is about 2-3 hours in length. Patients leave the hospital on the same day. There may be a small drain on each side which will be removed during an office visit.

If the vertical laxity is the main problem, thigh lift is performed through an incision in the groin area with the scar usually hidden in the crease. Frequently there is extensive laxity requiring a vertical incision on the inner thigh. This incision allows for tightening of the thigh circumference. The vertical incision is kept as short as possible, however sometimes it extends down to the knee area.

The Recovery

Patients will require oral pain medication for the first few days after surgery. They are encouraged to ambulate, however avoid strenuous activity. Patients are required to apply compression to the surgical area for 3-4 weeks. The drains are removed in the office.

Results

The swelling will subside over a period of 4-6 weeks. The final results are visible in 6-8 weeks after surgery. Some scars may require small revisions. Patients experience tighter skin around the thighs and smoothing of the skin folds.

 

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