Losing a significant amount of weight is an exciting accomplishment, but many individuals are unprepared for the sagging skin and uneven distribution of fat deposits that can result once the excess volume is gone.
What was once envisioned as a time to celebrate can be a letdown when the figure does not appear as intended. In order to achieve completion of weight loss goals with satisfactory results, plastic surgery can also be an important part of the plan, alongside healthy eating and exercise.
Better proportion of the lower body is sculpted with an inner thigh lift, thus enhancing the individual’s confidence even further. In the end, a beautiful youthful body shape will stare back in the mirror.
Inner Thigh Lift Procedure
The ideal candidate for an inner thigh lift is a healthy, non-smoking patient who has had moderate to significant weight loss with resulting relaxation of the inner thigh skin. The skin has lost elasticity and appears loose. Patients should be at a stable weight and are ready to begin the process of contouring the body.
They do not have intentions of losing or gaining significant weight, which could impact the results of the surgery. The willingness to follow a lifestyle fitting for optimal weight stabilization is necessary to maintain the desired outcome.
Inner thigh lifts are conducted by Dr. Kessler in an outpatient surgery center. In most cases, the procedure takes between three and six hours, depending on the degree of skin laxity in the thighs. General anesthesia is administered prior to beginning surgery for the patient’s comfort. The patient is asleep during the entire procedure.
The type of incision made during the procedure will depend on the amount of correction intended by the inner thigh lift. A single incision is placed in the crease of the groin of patients who have modest skin laxity.
Inseam incisions are made in addition to one in the groin crease for inner thigh skin that is both horizontally and vertically lax. The two incisions form the shape of an L or a T. Scars from the incisions are usually able to be easily hidden by clothing because of their discreet placement.
Some liposuction is involved in order to obtain an optimal contour of the thigh. The skin will be lifted and given deep tissue support to promote long-lasting results. By re-draping the tissue, a smoother texture and shapelier body contour is achieved. Excess skin is then trimmed prior to suturing the incisions closed.
Recovery after Inner Thigh Lift
It is crucial that patients care properly for the surgical site following plastic surgery. After undergoing an inner thigh lift, expect to take seven to ten days off from work to recover. Stitches are removed on the 5th and 10th day post op. It is common for there to be some swelling and bruising after an inner thigh lift. Discomfort can be controlled with prescribed medication.
Four weeks is generally the minimum length of time suggested to refrain from heavy lifting and other strenuous activities that could cause complications following surgery. As with all surgical procedures, there are risks associated with inner thigh lift surgery.
Bleeding, infection, scarring, numbness and delayed wound healing are rare, but patients should be aware that there is a chance they could occur. If these or other serious complications do arise, patients should contact their surgeon right away.
What is an Inner Thigh Lift?
A Thigh Lift is a surgical procedure designed to restore contour and shape to the inner thigh and leg.
How is an Inner Thigh Lift performed?
Dr. Kessler will begin the Inner Thigh Lift by making a small incision along the groin crease, and depending on the extent of correction, down the inner leg along the ‘in-seam’ line. From here, he will excise excess fatty tissue and skin. Liposuction can be added to the Thigh Lift, to better sculpt the area. The tissues will then be repositioned to a healthy, attractive contour, and sutured for appropriate healing.
Who is a good candidate for the Inner Thigh Lift procedure?
Both men and women, in good health, frustrated by lax skin along the upper, inner thigh may make excellent candidates for a Thigh Lift procedure.
Where is a Thigh Lift procedure performed?
Dr. Kessler performs the Inner Thigh Lift at the Star Point Surgery Center. An overnight stay is sometimes required to ensure patient comfort.
What type of anesthesia is used during a Thigh Lift?
The Thigh Lift is performed under general anesthesia.
How long is the Inner Thigh Lift procedure?
Depending on the extent of correction, a Thigh Lift procedure will take between three and four hours to complete.
Where are the Inner Thigh Lift incisions located?
For patients with more moderate correction, a single incision will be made along the natural groin crease. When a more extreme skin laxity is present, a second, vertical ‘in-seam’ incision will be made along the inner thigh.
What can I expect during the recovery from a Thigh Lift?
Patients should expect the recovery from a Thigh Lift to take between two and three weeks. Swelling and discomfort will be experience initially, although appropriate pain medications will be prescribed to keep patients resting comfortably at home. Between the 5th and 10th day, patients will return to Dr. Kessler’s office for a removal of stitches, as well as to follow-up on the healing process. Strenuous activities and exercise should be postponed for the first six weeks after surgery.
When can I return to work after a Thigh Lift?
Patients normally feel well enough to return to work or school seven to ten days after their Thigh Lift procedure.
Will there be scarring after my Inner Thigh Lift?
Scarring will occur after a Thigh Lift procedure, either along the groin and/or vertically along the ‘in-seam’ area. These will fade over time, and are easily covered with clothing.
How long will the results from a Thigh Lift last?
The result from a Thigh Lift will be long lasting, although, patients will need to maintain moderate weight and follow a healthy lifestyle.
What are the risks involved with a Thigh Lift?
Dr. Kessler’s Thigh Lift is a safe and effective procedure. As it is an invasive procedure, there is a small chance for complications; these can include infection, bleeding, scarring, asymmetry, and permanent numbness.
Can I finance my Thigh Lift procedure?
Yes, through CareCredit, patients may finance their Thigh Lift procedure. Contact Kessler Plastic Surgery for more information on healthcare financing. We also accept cash and all major credit cards for both noninvasive and surgical procedures.