THIGH LIFTS AND SAGGING
The thigh lift is an operation that aims at correcting any sagging in the inner part of thighs, i.e. the part where they are usually in contact with each other. The skin in this area is thinner and less elastic in comparison to the rest of the thighs. For this reason, it is more prone to sagging than any other location.
These days, many more people address a plastic surgeon in order to correct the sagging between their thighs. The issue of sagging in this area tends to be noticed more in people who have extensively lost weight. After all, it is a fact that following recent development in bariatric surgical methods, the demand in thigh lifts has greatly increased.
HOW A THIGH LIFT IS PERFORMED
The thigh lift procedure is performed in a well-equipped hospital, and lasts approximately two hours. A general or epidural anaesthesia is administered. After the operation, the patient may return home on the same day, or the next one.
During the operation, the plastic surgeon aims at removing the excess of loose skin, giving the thigh a younger appearance by excising skin with limited elasticity and thin wrinkles.
In order for the loose skin to be removed, a few incisions are required which the plastic surgeon will attempt to conceal and make as difficult to discern as possible.
WHERE INCISIONS FROM A THIGH LIFT ARE CONCEALED
The incisions required for a thigh lift are placed precisely upon the groove between the thighs and the genital area. The plastic surgeon aims to conceal the incision within the groove or above it and in most cases this is feasible.
In some cases, however, the nature of the problems is such that this cannot be done, if we wish to obtain a satisfying result and correct the sagging. Particularly when the degree of sagging is very large, the required length of the incisions is longer, and as a result they cannot be completely concealed. Again when dealing with extensive sagging, the skin will not only need to be removed from a vertical direction but also horizontally, and as such the incision at the groove may not suffice, in which case an additional incision may be required.
The plastic surgeon will place this incision in a less visible part of the thighs, the area between the thighs, beginning from the aforementioned grooving and proceeding downwards. These additional incisions, when they need to be made, tend to be more visible than those placed in the groove, but since they are situated between the thighs they are not particularly exposed.
Over time, the marks left by the incisions will fade, but never truly disappear; this is a fact that potential patients will have to come to terms with.
RECOVERING FROM A THIGH LIFT
During the recovery period pain does not usually pose a problem, but when it does it can be dealt with, quite well, using painkillers. Patients should pay particular attention to keeping the area clean, as the genital and buttock area, which is quite near, may contain multiple germs. Negligent personal hygiene can result in infections.
A return to work can be made within a few days, usually 3-5 for lighter work or approximately 1-15 for work that entails physical effort.
The results can be very satisfying. Patients who have undergone this procedure tend to agree that it was worthwhile.