Body Procedures

Thigh Lift

WITH DR ALAINA TAYLOR

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Thigh Lift Surgery addresses loose skin and unwanted fat in the inner thigh area, particularly after significant weight loss.

The excess skin that remains after weight loss can lead to dissatisfaction and insecurity, dampening the achievement of a leaner and healthier physique. The inner thighs can be a particularly troublesome region regardless of diet and exercise. Along with self-consciousness and impact on confidence, loose and surplus skin between the thighs can lead to potential complications such as rubbing, irritation, and infection. A thigh lift, also known as a thigh reduction, can be performed to reduce these symptoms and create an overall improved leg shape.

Thigh lift surgery can achieve the following outcomes:

  • Reduce sagging and wrinkling on the inner thighs
  • Reduce discomfort caused by rubbing and chaffing
  • Improve textural issues such as stretch marks
  • Enhance skin smoothness
  • Improve leg shape and silhouette
  • Restore confidence in overall appearance

Consultation

Dr Taylor will conduct a thorough consultation to determine your needs and concerns and determine whether Thigh Lift Surgery is suitable for you. During the consultation, Dr Taylor will ascertain your medical history and conduct a thorough physical examination to determine your skin’s condition and requirements. Your personal preferences and ideal outcomes of the surgery will be foregrounded. This in-depth discussion will help establish an approach to surgery that will produce the best results for your specific health conditions, concerns, and goals.

The procedure

The aim of the procedure is the excision of loose and excess skin around the thigh region. It is usually recommended that the patient maintains a stable weight for at least six months before seeking this surgery to ensure the best results.

Thigh lift surgery is performed under general anaesthetic in an accredited hospital facility. The procedure takes 2-3 hours and requires 1-2 night stay in hospital. Liposuction of the thighs may be performed first, followed by excision of excess fat and skin via a horizontal, vertical or combination incision in the thighs. The incision is determined by the extent of the surgery. The excess skin and fat is then excised and the skin secured in it’s new position to create the desired tightening effect Surgical drains may be placed to remove excess fluid and your wounds will be dressed.

Risk and Complications

All surgery causes discomfort, bruising, swelling, some oozing or small amount of bleeding from wounds, new scars and carries a risk of wound infection and wound healing problems. Deep vein thrombosis and risks associated with general anaesthesia must be considered.

Some risks and complications specific to thigh lift surgery include:

  • Postoperative bleeding
  • Seroma – accumulation of fluid under the abdominal skin and fat which may become infected
  • Asymmetry, contour irregularities
  • Wound healing problems and skin necrosis
  • Changes in skin sensation
  • Poor scarring including hypertophic and keloid scars
  • Need for revision surgery

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