We all desire toned, shapely thighs with little fatty tissue, but this will be an elusive goal for most of us regardless of our diet and exercise plans. Problems arise when we develop fat deposits or loose, sagging skin that causes chaffing or rubbing when we walk, or even push us into the next size up in clothing. Typically this occurs in patients that have undergone massive weight loss, either a result of bariatric surgery or diligent diet and exercise. This procedure is a combination of liposuction of the outer and inner thighs as indicated, and excision of excess sagging skin typically on the inner thigh. The exact components of your Thigh lift will be adjusted to your goals, and needs as determined by your thigh shape, and the amount of excess skin and fat in each area. Dr. Doolabh will plan your incisions before the surgery to make them the most inconspicuous, usually centered along the axis of your thigh, like a pant seam. All of the tissues removed lie above all muscles, and major nerves and vessels, with special attention to anchoring lifted tissue on the inner aspect. Additional protection of your lymphatic system limits the degree of lower leg swelling and incidence of seroma development. The procedure can range from three to four hours, depending on the skin-fat envelope redundancy and fat deposition patterns.The outcome includes slender thigh contours, and reducing excess or hanging of the thigh skin.
You will be dressed and wrapped with a snug, comfortable compression garment to help control swelling and help your skin shrink to fit your new contour for the first 4-6 weeks. Most patients with light job duties return to work within two weeks, although unrestricted activity is not expected at this time.