What is a Thigh Lift?
A thigh lift is a procedure that reshapes the thighs by reducing the excess skin and fat that have been affected due to the weight loss process. The result for most patients is smoother skin and a better-proportioned contour of the thighs.
Loose and flabby skin in the thighs can cause quite a bit of discomfort while walking. It is also common to develop rashes, skin irritation and hygiene problems that topical creams cannot address. Some people may have difficulty finding clothes that fit comfortably.
If you are working hard losing weight, it can be discouraging to look in the mirror and see loose, excess, flabby or dimpled skin around the thighs and buttocks. If this sounds familiar, call today to schedule your consultation with Dr Javaheri. Often times, you may even be eligible for coverage from your insurance company.
How is a Thighplasty (Thighlift) performed?
Generally, a thighlift is performed under general anesthetic at a surgery center or a hospital. General anesthetic is used. There are many variations on how to perform this procedure and Dr Javaheri will discuss which techniques will yield the best possible results for you.
For an inner thigh lift, generally an incision is made in the crease of the groin area extending down the inner thigh several inches, depending on the amount of tissue that needs to be removed. The skin on your thigh is separated from the fat and muscle below by pulling the flap of skin upwards. Excess skin is removed and the rest of the skin is stretched back into place. The incision is stitched together and the other side is completed. This procedure takes approximately 2-4 hours, but may vary depending on the complexity of your situation.
It is common to experience discomfort, bruising and swelling for the first few weeks which are controlled with medication. Swelling, however, can last for several weeks after surgery.
It is critical that patients follow strict guidelines provided by Dr Javaheri. It is recommended that the patient starts light walking (as tolerated during the first 48 hours) and avoid stairs, squatting and activities that place tension on this area for the first 3-5 days. Sutures (if present) will be removed approximately 7-10 days after surgery; however, most of the time Dr Javaheri uses dissolvable sutures. A compression garment must be worn up to 6 weeks post-surgery.