Achieving personal weight loss goals can be a very exciting experience. Unfortunately, this excitement is often offset by the realization that diet and exercise alone cannot correct sagging skin. This is especially true after a considerable amount of weight has been lost. The good news is that it is possible to remove excess skin and contour the lower torso through thigh lift surgery at Southeastern Dermatology.
What is Thigh Lift Surgery?
Thigh lift surgery is a cosmetic procedure that is performed to eliminate or tighten loose, sagging skin across the lower torso. These efforts can contour this portion of the body for increased patient confidence and a healthier and more natural look overall. A thigh lift can also eliminate limited fat deposits across the lower torso and tighten and contour the skin at and around the buttocks. Through thigh lift surgeries, many people find that they can feel comfortable wearing shorts, swimming or engaging in any other activities that require them to bare their legs.
Who is a Candidate for Thigh Lift Surgery?
Good candidates for thigh lift surgery have good general health. They are non-smokers and maintain realistic expectations for their surgery outcomes. It is also necessary for candidates to have good skin elasticity. Those seeking whole-body contouring might additionally benefit from a combined thigh lift, tummy tuck, and liposuction procedure. These combination procedures are often best for those who have undergone weight loss surgeries and have experienced marked amounts of weight loss within a very nominal amount of time.
How are Thigh Lift Procedures Performed?
Incisions for a thigh lift are strategically placed within the natural folds of the body or in inconspicuous areas that are likely to be covered by clothing. Thus, visible scarring can be minimal. Excess tissue and skin below the incision are removed, and the skin is lifted and stitched in place with dissolvable sutures. The incision site is also fitted with special, surgical drains that help expedite any fluids hat accumulate throughout the recovery process out of the body. Patients are advised to wear compression garments to limit the risk of blood clots, alleviate discomfort and swelling and promote faster healing and optimal results.
It usually takes just one to two weeks for patients to recover from thigh lift surgeries. Throughout this time, patients should avoid strenuous activities and continue wearing their compression garments as needed. While heavy lifting and strenuous exercise should be avoided, it is important for patients to take short, regular walks throughout the formative stages of recovery to prevent the formation of blood clots.
To learn more about thigh lift procedures and determine whether this type of surgery is right for you, contact Southeastern Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery Center today. Our medical team, led by Dr. Andrew Hendricks, will work with you to determine the safest and most effective treatment options for your specific needs.