Thigh Lift Surgery
A thigh lift is a procedure performed to reduce sagging of the thighs by tightening the skin and may be used along with liposuction. This procedure results in smoother skin and a smaller, more proportionate lower body. A thigh lift might be the answer if you have tried diet and exercise to reshape your thighs and have been unsuccessful. Ideal candidates for a thigh lift are people who are able to maintain a stable weight who have excess skin and fat tissue in the thigh area. Ideal candidates will also have no medical conditions that could impair healing or that would increase the risks associated with the procedure. Candidates should also be non-smokers. Those seeking this surgery should also have a healthy outlook on life and have realistic expectations of what the outcome of surgery will be. They should also maintain a healthy lifestyle that includes regular exercise and a proper diet in order to maintain the benefits of the surgery.
During the initial consultation, you should be prepared to discuss your medical history with your doctor. Your concerns regarding surgery will be addressed and you should ask questions and voice your concerns. Your doctor will discuss with you your expectations and desired outcome. Your doctor will want to know any medical conditions you have and if you are allergic to any medications. You will need to be prepared to give your doctor a list of medications you are currently taking and to discuss any previous surgeries that you have undergone. Your surgeon will also evaluate your health and risk factors. Your surgeon will also take detailed measurements of your body and photographs will be taken for your medical records. Your surgeon will discuss with you your treatment options and will develop a course of action for surgery and will discuss possible outcomes and your expectations.
Before surgery you may have to undergo a medical evaluation. You may also have to take certain medications or adjust your current medication use prior to surgery. You will need to stop smoking long before your surgery as smoking greatly increases the risks of complications during and after surgery. Your doctor will give you special instructions that cover what to do on the day of your surgery, the use of anesthesia and post-care and follow up.
Once you have been anesthetized, your surgeon will make an incision in order to reshape underlying tissue and to tighten the skin. Once reshaping is completed, your surgeon will suture the incisions and your surgery will be complete.
Your plastic surgeon will discuss the possible risks associated with a thigh lift. Some risks to be aware of include scarring, bleeding, infection, fluid accumulation, improper healing, skin loss, blood clots, numbness, skin discoloration, swelling, reaction to anesthesia, dying fatty tissue, wound separation, asymmetry, persistent pain, cardiac and pulmonary complications, problems with sutures, recurring loosening of the skin and a possible that revisional treatment may be needed.
Your plastic surgeon will discuss instructions for thigh lift recovery and will give you an estimate of recovery time. You may be instructed to wear bandages around the treated site for a few days or weeks after surgery to aid in healing. A small, thin tube may be inserted just below the skin at the site to drain excess fluid.
It is important to choose a reputable and qualified surgeon that will be able to address your concerns and answer any questions you may have.
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