THIGH LIFT (THIGHPLASTY) BENEFITS
Thigh lift surgery (thighplasty) is a body contouring procedure performed to enhance the overall shape of the thighs, and to correct the undesirable aesthetic issues resulting from the loss of skin elasticity in the thigh region. Thigh lifts effectively sculpt and tighten the inner and outer thighs, and can also be used to improve the appearance of dimpled, sagging, or excess thigh skin.
Thighplasty can be an appropriate procedure for patients with the goal of enhancing the contour and shape of their thighs.
Thigh lift procedures are most frequently performed on patients who are unhappy with the appearance of excess skin in the thigh region resulting from the loss of a significant amount of weight in a short period of time.
Regardless as to whether this weight loss took place in the context of a diet and exercise regimen, or after undergoing weight loss (bariatric) surgery, thighplasty offers an effective solution to the issue of unsightly excess hanging thigh skin in the case of post-massive weight loss patients. For many of these patients, the removal of the excess thigh skin enables them to truly see and appreciate the results of their hard fought weight loss efforts.
Thighplasty is a procedure that requires surgical proficiency. In order to ensure optimal surgical results, your thigh lift procedure should be performed by a plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Hani Sinno, M.D., who helps patients lift, tighten, and enhance the appearance of their thighs with thigh lift surgery at his private practice in Montreal, Quebec.
THIGH LIFT OPTIONS
There are three general types of thigh lift procedures:
- Inner Thigh Lift: this procedure is performed to tighten, lift and enhance the appearance and contour of the inner thighs, and involves an incision made at the junction of the pubic area and the upper thigh.
- Bilateral Thigh Lift: during this surgery, the skin along both the left and right side of the leg is tightened and excess skin is removed via an incision made at the top of the leg, close to the hip bone, and where the bottom edge of bikini underwear would fall.
- Medial Thigh Lift: this procedure involves the removal of excess skin fat from the upper part of the inner thigh using an incision that begins in the groin area and runs along the back of the buttock crease.
Thighplasty is generally performed in an outpatient setting using general anesthesia and lasts approximately two hours (unless performed in conjunction with other body sculpting surgeries). For patients who present with excess fatty tissue and excess skin in the thigh region, liposuction can be performed prior to thigh lift surgery to improve the overall results.
THIGH LIFT PROCEDURE AND RECOVERY
Following your thigh lift surgery, temporary drains will be placed to facilitate the drainage of excess blood and fluid, and these drains are typically removed 5-7 days after your procedure. The extensiveness of your thighplasty procedure (meaning the amount of skin and fat that has been removed) will determine the length of your post-operative recovery period; however, most patients should allocate 7-14 days for healing and recuperation, and should try to minimize leg movement whenever possible during that period of rest. Any post-surgical swelling or bruising typically subsides within one month, and within 4-6 months, most patients find that they are able to resume the majority of their daily activities.
CONTACT DR. SINNO
Dr. Sinno and his well-trained team members have worked to create a welcoming, healing office environment, and will take the time to thoroughly explain your thighplasty procedural details and options. Your thigh lift surgery will be uniquely customized to reflect your specific aesthetic goals, and you can be assured that you will have the best possible patient care throughout your thighplasty experience. If you would like additional information about thigh lift surgery, please contact Dr. Sinno’s office today. We are happy to answer any and all of your questions, and to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Sinno.
For more information on this specific procedure and to watch a 3D video animation, please visit the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) here: http://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/3d-animations.html