Loose, Saggy Thighs? Thigh Lifts Can Address These Issues
People Who Have Had Massive Weight Loss or Poor Liposuction or Age-Related Skin Worsening May Benefit from Various Types of Thigh Lifts
By: Dr. Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
There are several types of thigh lifts that address different anatomical concerns.
• Inner thigh lifts (medial thigh lifts), can be performed with an incision in the groin crease at the top of the inner thighs. For a more extensive inner thigh lift, your doctor will add an additional incision to remove more skin, addressing laxity that can extend down the thigh to the knees.
• A lateral or outer thigh lift can be done in conjunction with a lower body lift. The incision rests above the buttocks and continues to the sides of the body.
• A posterior thigh lift (the backs of your thighs) is done with an incision placed within the gluteal fold (under the buttocks).
In almost all cases, your plastic surgeon will perform a thigh lift under general anesthesia.
Thigh lift surgery can take two to six hours to complete, depending upon the skill of the surgeon and the extent of the procedure involved. The recovery time for a thigh lift should be at least six weeks before you can resume strenuous activity. Body position during recovery is very important to lessen tension on the incisions and prevent wound separation. If you have drains, you will need to record the amount of drainage and strip the drains to prevent them from becoming clogged. Always ask your plastic surgeon about when you may shower, as this varies considerably from provider to provider.
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