A thigh-lift (also known as a thighplasty) is a procedure reshapes the thighs by removing excess skin and fat, resulting in improved contour of the thighs and lower body.
Thigh lifts are intended to mostly remove excess skin. Where there is excess fat, this is combined with liposuction. If the skin has good elasticity, liposuction alone can be used to treat excess fat.
Individuals that are good candidates for the procedure are individuals -
With significant skin or fat excess in the inner thigh
Who have relatively stable weight
Who are nonsmokers
The procedure is performed under general anaesthetic and usually involves an overnight stay. Dr Sofianos will meticulously mark your thighs preoperatively. The length and pattern of incisions depend on how much skin will be removed. The procedure begins with liposuction, if excess fat is present. The incisions are then made and lie on the inside of the thigh and sometimes in the groin. The skin is then redraped over the new contours and excess skin will be removed. Stitches are used to close the incisions and usually a small suction drain is placed.
After a thigh-lift, the incisions are covered in bandages and loosely wrapped to reduce swelling. Patients usually return to work within a week after the procedure.
In the first few days after a thigh lift -
It is important that the incisions are not subjected to excessive stretching, force, or motion during the healing period
Avoid physical or other activities that may stretch the incisions for six weeks after surgery.
Take pain medication as prescribed by Dr Sofianos and use topical or oral antibiotics as directed to prevent wound infections.