What is thigh lift?
This operation is performed to eliminate the problem of prolonged sagging of the skin in the thigh area of the body by the effect of overweight gain or advancing age.
Why is it done?
This operation is performed to address the problem of loosening and sagging skin in the thigh area of the body caused by excess weight gain and loss or aging.
What is thigh sagging? Why does it occur?
The skin loses its elasticity with aging as well as its tightness with excess weight gain and loss and the subcutaneous adipose tissue thins, which all cause the leg skin particularly in inner thigh to droop downward. Dropping skin folds usually accumulate toward mid-thigh and sometimes toward the knee.
How is thigh lift performed?
Thigh lift surgery removes excess skin folds and fattening in upper and inner sides of legs. In thin patients with minor excess skin folds, excess skin is removed, and the skin is stretched and sutured, leaving a flat scar on the inner sides of groin. In patients with high excess skin folds and fattening, it is applied together with liposuction method.
How long does thigh lift operation take?
It varies according to the body condition of the patient. Thigh lift surgery usually takes about 2-3 hours.
Is thigh lift a painful procedure?
Thigh lift surgery does not result in severe pains. Any aches and pains in the first few days can be resolved with simple painkillers.
Type of Anesthesia
Thigh lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia.
Before thigh lift surgery
Who can have thigh lift surgery?
Anyone who has moderate to severe laxity, looseness and excess skin in the leg skin can have thigh lift surgery.
In the patient group who have been treated for obesity, thigh diameter decreases with increasing weight loss and decreasing fat tissue and hence the loosening skin cannot adequately recover and sags.
Thigh lift operations are performed by aesthetic and plastic surgeons.
Things to consider before surgery
There is no special preparation for this surgery. As with any operation, stop smoking and alcohol use and stop taking blood thinners at least 1 week before the surgery.
If you develop a cold or other infection, it may be necessary to postpone the operation.
After a thigh lift
Things to consider after surgery
You can start taking a walk 1 week after surgery but avoid strenuous sports and physical activities for 4 weeks.
You’re advised to avoid smoking for a rapid recovery.
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– You’ll have no severe pains after surgery. You might have mild pains, which can be controlled with painkillers.
– You can stand up the same day and you only need to stay overnight at the hospital.
– You can have a bath on day 2 or 3 after surgery.
– After having a thigh lift surgery, you might have mild bruising and swelling in inner surface of your legs, which are expected to resolve completely after about several weeks.
– You can resume work after about one week after surgery.
Price of Thigh Lift Operation
The price policy of the thigh lift operation varies according to the condition of the region to be operated and the methods selected during operation planning.
What are the risks of thigh lift operation?
After all surgical operations, there may be risks, including bleeding and late recovery, though very rare. Thanks to advancing medical techniques, potential risks of thigh lift surgery have been minimized.
Frequently asked questions about thigh lift
Is Liposhaping not enough to reshape inner thigh region?
Liposhaping means reshaping by fat removal and fat administration. It will not be enough on its own to improve the skin that has lost its elasticity and sagged.
Can liposuction be performed with this surgery?
In the case of patients with a high amount of fat in thigh region, the operation can be planned in the form of two individual sessions. First, excess fat is removed by liposuction, then the sagging skin is reshaped by thigh lift surgery, hence the operation is completed.
Will there be any scar left after thigh lift surgery?
The suture marks are concealed in body folds, like the groin, so that they remain under the underwear. These marks fade away over time and become hardy noticeable.
Is it not possible to prevent thigh sagging using medications and creams?
A certain amount of tightening can be achieved with special creams or medications but they cannot entirely resolve sagging.
Does thigh lift operation give permanent results?
The results of the thigh stretch surgery are permanent, except in the following cases:
If you continue to lose weight, sagging pockets on the skin will continue to form.
If you’re likely to gain and lose weight quickly, the already thinned skin will be exposed to more stretching and accordingly, the skin stretch marks and large scars will become visible
Is there any age limit about this operation?
Adults of all ages without any risky medical condition whose weight loss has become stable and who has realistic expectations from body reshaping operation can have this operation.
Can I do sports after surgery?
About one month after surgery, you can start doing sports.
Does the leg sag again after surgery?
If you gain and lose excessive weight and fail to adopt a healthy lifestyle, you’ll be likely to have sagging in leg skin again.
When can I resume work after surgery?
You can resume work one week after the surgery.
Can I have a thigh lift without surgery?
It’s not possible to have permanent thigh lift without surgery.
There are many devices or products on the market claiming that they can do that. However, a few of them can be of some use only in individuals with very mild laxity and no history of excessive weight gain and loss.