What Is A Thigh Lift?
A thigh lift is an operation designed to improve the contour of the thighs. This may treat the inner thighs, outer thighs, or both. Excess skin is removed with repositioning “underlying” tissue to provide a better contour to the thighs. The most common cause for contour problems in this area is severe weight loss and aging.
Dr. Sargent offers 30+ years of experience in Plastic Surgery to Chattanooga, TN., and has his own in-office operative suite.
Are You A Good Candidate For A Thigh Lift?
A thigh lift should be performed in someone who has a stable weight and realistic expectations. Good Candidates are:
Individuals with excess soft tissue in the medial thighs or outer thigh areas
Healthy individuals with no major heart or lung medical conditions
Specific and realistic goals
How Is A Thigh Lift Performed?
A thigh lift is usually individualized to your specific conditions and goals. To treat the inner thighs, incisions are made in the groin area and may extend down the medial thigh. To treat the outer thighs additional incisions in the bikini line from the anterior thigh to the buttock area may be used. The thighs are reshaped by removing excess skin as well as some fat with repositioning of the underlying tissue to create a better contour.
All Procedures Shown were done by Larry A. Sargent, M.D. FACS
Thigh Lift Recovery
Patients will wear a compression garment for several weeks. Swelling and discomfort is common the first few days. Light walking is encouraged to keep good circulation in your legs and avoid clots. You can normally return to work in 2 weeks as long as there is no heavy lifting or exercising. It takes several months to see the final results.
Length Of Operation
2-4 hours depending on extent and areas of lifting
Usually general anesthesia
Length Of Stay
Outpatient, home the same day
Initially moderate discomfort with difficulty walking for 7-10 days
Return to light activities in 2 weeks
Return to more strenuous exercising in 4-6 weeks
May be extensive in area of medical thighs, groin and possibly outer thigh. Scars become much less noticeable over time.
Risks / Possible Complications
Risks are greater when multiple procedures are performed.
Possible risks associated with this procedure include:
Avoid over exertion/lifting
Slow wound healing of incisions
Seroma or fluid collection under skin
Numbness which is usually temporary
Pulmonary emboli: extremely rare