Top New York plastic surgeon Dr. Darrick Antell is board certified in plastic surgery, emphasizing aesthetic / cosmetic surgery. One of the cosmetic surgery procedures he performs is the Thigh Lift.
The Thigh Lift is the removal of excess skin of the thighs. If you are considering a thigh lift, this section will give you a basic understanding of the procedure.
The Thigh Lift is a technique to remove excess hanging skin from the thigh usually after substantial weight loss.
If you're considering thigh lift, this information will give you a basic understanding of the procedure - when it can help, how it's performed, and what results you can expect. It can't answer all of your questions because a lot depends on the individual patient and the surgeon. Please ask your doctor about anything you don't understand.
Thigh Lift can enhance your appearance and your self-confidence, but it won't necessarily change your looks to match your ideal, or cause other people to treat you differently. Before you decide to have surgery, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with your surgeon.
The best candidates for Thigh Lift are people with sagging skin of the thighs. You should be physically healthy, psychologically stable, and realistic in your expectations. Thigh Lift will improve your contours.
Thigh lift is normally safe, as long as patients are carefully selected, the operating facility is properly equipped, and the physician is adequately trained in body contouring as well as general surgery.
Nevertheless, in rare instances, the procedure may cause trauma. Other infrequent, but possible, complications include fluid accumulation (which must be drained) and injury to the skin. Although serious complications are infrequent infection can lead to severe illness. You can reduce your risks by choosing a qualified plastic surgeon that has been granted privileges to perform Thigh Lift, and by closely following his or her advice.
The scars from a Thigh Lift are large and strategically placed in the groin to be hidden from view, even though this is done scars from thigh lifts tend to spread and may be visible below underwear or bathing suits. However, other cosmetic problems may occur, even if your surgeon is very skilled.
In your initial consultation, the surgeon will evaluate your health, and carefully assess your skin tone. Your doctor should explain any alternative body-contouring methods that may be appropriate and discuss the options or the combination of procedures that would be best for you.
Be frank in discussing your expectations with your surgeon. He or she should be equally frank with you, describing the procedure in detail and explaining its risks and limitations. Your surgeon should also explain the anesthesia he or she will use, the type of facility where the surgery will be performed, and the costs involved.
During this consultation, be sure to tell your surgeon about any large weight losses or gains you've had at any time. You should also inform your surgeon if you smoke, and if you're taking any medications, vitamins, or other drugs.
Don't hesitate to ask your doctor any questions you may have, especially those regarding your expectations and concerns about the results.
Your surgeon will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, and taking or avoiding vitamins, iron tablets, and certain medications. If you develop a cold or an infection of any kind, especially a skin infection, your procedure will have to be postponed.
While you're making preparations, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery and, if needed, to help you out for a day or two.
Thigh Lift may be performed in a surgeon's office-based facility, an outpatient surgery center, or a hospital. It's usually done on an outpatient basis, for cost containment and convenience.
Thigh Lift is an extensive surgical procedure. It can be performed under local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia. In any case, you'll sleep through the operation.
Reshaping of the thigh is achieved through incisions in the groin that can extend downward to the knee along the inner portion of the thigh.
Improving contours of the outer thigh may require an incision extending from the groin around the hip. Through these incisions your plastic surgeon will tighten tissues for a smoother, better toned thigh.
The smoother, tighter contours that result from thigh lift contouring are apparent almost immediately, although initially obscured by swelling and bruising.
Thigh lift usually takes about two to three hours, but the time required may vary depending on the area and amount of skin being removed.
After your thigh lift procedure is completed, dressings will be applied to the incisions. A drain may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain excess blood or fluid that may collect.
You may shower two days after your procedure. Your doctor may also prescribe antibiotics to prevent infection.
Don't expect to look or feel great right after surgery. The thighs will be swollen and bruised, and you may feel a burning sensation. Any discomfort can be controlled with medications prescribed by your surgeon if needed.
It's not unusual to feel depressed in the days or weeks following surgery. Try to keep in mind that this is normal and will subside as you begin to look and feel better.
Healing is a gradual process. Your surgeon will probably tell you to start walking around as soon as possible (to help prevent blood clots from forming in your legs), but to avoid more strenuous activity for two to four weeks. Any stitches will be removed in five to ten days or dissolve, and you should be back at work in 7-10 days, or as much as two weeks after your surgery. When you resume activity depends on the extent of your procedure, how you feel and what your doctor recommends.
While most of the swelling and discoloration will be gone a month or two after surgery, some swelling can remain for six months or more. Your surgeon will schedule follow-up visits to monitor your progress and to see if any additional procedures are needed.
If you have any unusual symptoms between visits — for example, heavy bleeding or a sudden increase in pain — or any questions about what you can and can’t do don't hesitate to call your doctor.
Thigh Lift is a highly effective technique for giving you a new body contour. The results are permanent, providing you eat sensibly and exercise regularly and do not gain weight.
Most patients are very satisfied with the results of their thigh lift — they feel more comfortable in a wide variety of clothes, and more at ease with their bodies. As long as your expectations are realistic, you should be happy with your new shape.
Dr. Darrick E. Antell and his staff will be happy to discuss Thigh Lift Surgery with you. Please call for a private consultation or schedule an appointment online at our office.