Thigh lift surgery reshapes the thighs by reducing excess skin and fat, resulting in smoother skin and better-proportioned contours of the thighs and lower body.
Thigh lift is not intended strictly for the removal of excess fat – this may be achieved by Liposuction where skin has good elasticity and is able to naturally conform to new body contours. However, in cases where skin elasticity is poor, a thigh lift along with liposuction may be recommended to remove excess skin and fat, achieving thighs which are firmer, more proportionate and more youthful-looking.
A good candidate for a thigh lift is:
- An adult whose weight is relatively stable
- An adult with excess soft tissue along the inner and/or outer thighs
- A healthy individual without medical conditions that impair healing or increase risk of surgery
- A nonsmoker
- An individual with a positive outlook and realistic goals
- An individual committed to leading a healthy lifestyle with proper nutrition and fitness
Smoother, tighter contours resulting from thigh lift surgery are mostly apparent after the procedure. The final result evolves over months after initial swelling and bruising resolve. A scar will remain where the incision was made and has to be managed appropriately for optimal results.
Like every surgery, Thigh lift includes risks, such as risks from anesthesia, bleeding, fluid collection, infection, poor healing and wound problems, unsightly scarring, skin loss, residual or recurrent looseness of skin, contour irregularities, damage to deeper structures such as nerves, blood vessels and muscles, fat necrosis, numbness or other changes in skin sensation, deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications, suboptimal aesthetic results, and the possible need for revisionary surgery.
Good results are expected from Thigh lift but are not guaranteed. In some situations, it may not be possible to achieve optimal results with a single surgical procedure and another surgery may be necessary. Results of Thigh lift will be long-lasting, provided that a stable weight and general fitness are maintained. With age, some firmness may be lost, but most of the improvement should remain.
Dr. Gbulie will fully discuss Thigh lift surgery and other options with you and guide you through the decision-making process as well as the surgery and recovery.