With increased weight, pregnancy and aging the lateral (outside) and medial (inside) thighs can become uneven and fuller.
The outer thighs tend to hold fatty deposits in tight fibrous pockets, often referred to a cellulite, which gives an uneven and bumpy appearance. The inner thighs have very soft and stretchy skin that tends to pouch out with any extra fat.
Even weight loss and exercise can do little to change the appearance of cellulite, fat pockets and sagging skin. A thigh lift can smooth and contour this troublesome area.
A thigh lift is always accompanied with liposuction to help smooth out and better contour the area. The outer thigh lift involves an incision just above the hip to help pull and tighten the skin. The inner thigh lift is most commonly done through a well-hidden incision in the inner groin fold.
Patients who have lost a significant amount of weight may need to have a thigh lift that involves an incision that runs along the thigh towards the knee on the inner aspect of the leg.
Dr MacDonald will discuss with you which option is best for you.
Are You a Good Candidate?
You might consider a thigh lift if weight loss and exercise has not improved appearance of your thighs or if you have significant loose skin due to weight loss. The procedure can help smooth out pockets of uneven fatty tissue on the outsides of your thighs and tighten and decrease loose fatty tissue around your thigh and on the insides of your thighs.
Your first step will be to have a detailed consultation with Dr MacDonald where she will listen to your goals and concerns and complete a careful examination. Then, Dr. MacDonald will discuss the treatment options that best address your concerns and particular situation.
Dr. MacDonald and her staff will:
- Give you detail information about the surgery and what you can expect before, during, and after the procedure
- Discuss any concerns or questions that you may have
- Discuss potential risks of the procedure
Thigh lift surgery is a day surgery, meaning you go home the same day. It requires a general anesthetic so we have you complete a pre-operative questionnaire to ensure you are ready for surgery. You will be given instructions on what time to arrive and reminded not to eat or drink anything the night before surgery. The surgery is approximately 2 hours and you will spend approximately 3 hours in the recovery room, so plan to spend the day at the hospital. You will be given a prescription for pain medication before leaving the hospital.
You will need someone to drive you home from the hospital and stay with you for the first 24 hours. Dr MacDonald will see you 5-7 days after surgery examine the wounds and talk about wound care. You can shower 48 hours after surgery. All the stitches are dissolving and wound care is simply ointment and gauze. You will have a wrap or binder on from the day of surgery and this is worn full-time until the healing is complete: 2-4 weeks.
As in any surgery, risks include: infection, scarring, delayed wound healing, or bleeding. Issues specific to this surgery are asymmetry and persistent skin irregularities, particularly on the outer thighs. Complications in this procedure are relatively uncommon but will be discussed further at the time of consultation.
The surgery suited best for you will be discussed at the time of consultation and Dr MacDonald’s assistant will e-mail you a detailed breakdown of the cost.