Losing a lot of weight is a difficult process and it takes a lot of dedication and hard work for men and women to shed fat. Of course, seeing your weight dropping on the scales is a big confidence booster and people should be proud of themselves after achieving any weight loss! However, many people can be left feeling self-conscious after losing weight because of the excess skin that becomes noticeable. This can be particularly troublesome on the thighs with no amount of exercise or dieting able to fix it.
A thigh lift is a surgical procedure that can remove stretched skin for a more desirable leg contour. Through advanced surgical techniques from Dr Perron, patients can feel confident again, as surgery can remove sagging and loose skin and achieving tight, more defined thighs. A thigh lift is suitable for men and women of varying ages, with surgery possible on the inner thigh and outer thigh. In addition, liposuction can be combined with this surgery. There is some downtime associated with this procedure, which patients should be prepared for.
Before the Procedure
Before arranging a thigh lift, it is necessary for all patients to attend a personal consultation with Dr Perron. This is going to allow you to find out more about the procedure and whether it is right for you. In addition, Dr Perron will perform an examination, which includes assessing skin laxity and the best incisions to use on the thighs.
It is recommended that a patient’s weight should be stable and consistent for around one year before committing to a thigh lift. Of course, this is because weight gain will mean altering the results of a thigh lift. That is why it is best to be at your ideal weight before you consider this surgery so you can enjoy permanent results.
As a thigh lift is a surgical procedure, patients will be administered a general anaesthetic for the procedure. Dr Perron will make incisions into the thigh in order to adjust the skin. For the inner thigh, an incision will be made near to the pubic area and at the top of the thigh. The skin will be pulled upwards to make the area firmer and any excess skin will be removed. There are different incision techniques that can be used, including ones that extend down the inner leg and one that wraps around the back of the thigh. Dr Perron will discuss this more during your personal consultation. This surgery can take around two hours to complete. A thigh lift can be combined with liposuction.
Some downtime can be expected after a thigh lift. Patients will be expected to stay overnight in the hospital after surgery and most people will take around two to three weeks off work for recovery. Patients will have to wear a compression garment after a thigh lift. This is going to help with the swelling, as well as to help shape the thighs. Patients can feel some discomfort right after surgery, with pain relief an option to feel more relaxed.
Strenuous exercise should also be avoided for around six weeks after a thigh lift. Patients will have to take time away from driving right after surgery, which means that somebody should be able to get you home after the procedure. In addition, light activities should be slowly introduced. Patients can enjoy the results of their thigh lift after a few months.
As a thigh lift is a surgical procedure, there are some risks involved for patients. This can include an adverse reaction to a general anaesthetic, as well as pain and swelling. Other risks that are associated with a thigh lift include:
- Poor wound healing
- Skin discolouration
Is there much scarring with a thigh lift?
A lot of patients worry that there will be scarring from a thigh lift. However, Dr Perron is skilled and experienced, doing his best to make sure that any scarring from a thigh lift is minimal. In particular, the scar should be hidden by underwear or swimwear. But in some surgeries, this will mean that the scarring extends down the leg. This scar usually fades over time to become less visible and it should not be obvious from the front.
What are realistic expectations of a thigh lift?
It is important for patients to have realistic expectations of the results that can be achieved with a thigh lift. This can include having an improved shape with less excess skin, as well as firmer and smoother thighs. Men and women will normally choose to have a thigh lift after significant weight loss if they are left with loose and sagging skin. It is essential that men and women who are thinking about having a thigh lift should be at their ideal weight for the best results.