A toned and well-proportioned body image is often associated with a healthy diet and exercise. But despite weight loss or fitness efforts, you cannot always achieve the body image you desire. You may find your inner thighs rub together, or that your outer thighs are disproportionate to hip and buttock contours. Aging, sun damage, pregnancy, and significant fluctuations in weight as well as genetic factors may contribute to poor tissue elasticity and can result in saggy thighs or irregular contours of the thighs and lower body.
If fitness and weight loss efforts have not achieved your goals for a body that is firmer, more youthful-looking and more proportionate to your overall body image, a surgical thigh lift may be right for you. In general, a thigh lift reshapes the thighs by reducing excess skin, and in some cases fat, resulting in smoother skin and better-proportioned contours of the thighs and lower body. The physical changes achieved by a thigh lift can improve your body image and enhance self-confidence.
Where do I Begin?
A consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon is the first step to learn how a thigh lift can improve your body contour. A consultation is designed to fully educate you about a thigh lift in a non-pressured environment, and will include:
• A discussion of your goals and an evaluation of your individual case
• The options available to improve the appearance of your thighs
• The likely outcomes of a thigh lift and any associated risks or potential complications
• The course of treatment Dr. Sena recommends
Dr. Sena will also answer your questions.
What to Expect
A thigh lift may be performed in an accredited office-based surgical facility, an ambulatory surgical facility or a hospital, possibly with an overnight hospital stay. It is most commonly performed under general anesthesia, although local anesthesia with sedation may also be used. These decisions will be based on the requirements of your specific procedure and considerations of patient and surgeon preference. Dr. Sena and the assisting staff will fully attend to your comfort and safety.
Once your procedure is completed, dressing or bandages will be applied to your incisions, and you may be wrapped in an elastic bandage or a compression garment to minimize swelling and to support your new contours as you heal. One or more small, thin tubes may be placed under the skin to drain excess fluid or blood that may collect. Before you are released following surgery, you and an accompanying responsible family member, friend or caregiver will be given specific instructions that may include:
• How to care for the surgical site and drains
• Medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection
• Specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health
• When to follow up with Dr. Sena
Results and Outlook
The results of a thigh lift are visible almost immediately, however it may take several months for your final results to fully develop. Numbness and a firm feeling over the skin’s surface will resolve over time. It may take a year or more for incision lines to refine and fade to some degree. These scars are a fair trade-off for your new firmer and well-proportioned body image. Although permanent, these lines can usually be hidden by most clothing and swimsuits.
Your new body contours and the improvement in the appearance and tone of your thighs should be long-lasting, provided that you maintain your weight and general fitness. As your body ages, it is natural to lose some firmness. However, most of your initial improvement should be relatively permanent.