Excess skin on the thighs can appear after weight loss , or just part of the ageing process.
INTRODUCTION TO THIGH LIFT SURGERY
Plastic Surgeons are used to seeing women in their clinics for thigh lift surgery. Usually this procedure is requested after either significant weight loss in the thigh area after dieting, or weight loss surgery. Other times it can be just as a result of the ageing process.
No amount of dieting of course will get rid of the loose skin on the thighs, in fact it can make the situation worse. With exercise you may be able to improve things a little, but it’s usually after a fitness regime that Plastic Surgeons see people in their clinics for thigh lifts.
A thigh lift aims to remove the loose skin on the inner thighs, loose skin hanging on the inner thighs can be very distressing for women.
This procedure can be performed together with a little liposuction on the outer thighs for example, to compliment the overall result.
The consultation is the first step when you are seriously considering having a thigh lift procedure. This must be with a fully qualified Plastic Surgeon. The consultation should be with the Surgeon who is actually going to carry out your procedure. Before you even go to the consultation, it’s a very good idea to make a list of the questions that you would like to ask. In a consultation it can be a bit stressful and you may forget to ask key questions along the way. Plastic Surgeons are usually impressed by this approach as it shows that their Patient is considering all aspects of the operation fully and seriously.
Expect your consultation to last anything between half an hour and one hour. The length of the consultation is not the most important thing. The main objective is that you come away from the consultation feeling that all of your questions have been answered and you feel reassured that you are in the right hands.
Some Plastic Surgeons charge a fee for consultation, others do not. In many cases the fee for the consultation is deducted when the Patient proceeds with surgery.
At the consultation your Plastic Surgeon will ask you what , in your own eyes, you would like to achieve. He may make notes as you speak to refer to later in the consultation. Try to give your Surgeon a clear a picture as possible so that there are no grey areas or doubts.
At some point the Plastic Surgeon will examine you and make his assessment of what could be achieved with a thigh lift procedure for you.
He will make notes and probably take a medical history to see if there is any reason why you should not have surgery. In some cases he may refer you to another specialist or ask your family Doctor for more information.
Your Plastic surgeon will then discuss the pros and cons of a thigh lift with you. He will not only explain what can be achieved but he will also go on to explain the potential risks and complications of the procedure.
Following this you should have plenty of time to ask any questions that , by this time, you feel have not been answered. Feel free to ask anything that you want. Most Plastic Surgeons have heard everything, so there is no reason to hold back !
At your consultation you should be provided with a clear explanation of the cost of the operation. It is vital to understand what is included and what is not included in the fee. Sometimes there may be additional charges such as further hospital fees in the event that you have to return for further surgery or treatment. Make sure that you are clear about what you have to pay.
Most Plastic Surgeons recommend a period of reflection after the consultation. This is basically time for you to think about what has been said. When you feel that you are ready to proceed you can move on to the next stage of the process.
When you are ready to proceed with your operation you will need to make the required arrangements. Usually Plastic Surgeons have dedicated staff to arrange everything for you. Their job is to book everything up and make the process as smooth as possible for you.
Upon booking you are likely to be provided with a number of different pieces of information. These may include a list of things to bring to the hospital and a confirmation time for your arrival at the hospital.
You may also be required to attend for certain pre operative tests before the operation can go ahead. These could include blood tests , ECG and chest x-ray depending on what the Surgeons requests in your case.
You will need to start and think about a suitable date. Remember that you are going to need around fourteen days off work, depending on the extent of the thigh lift procedure that you have discussed with your Plastic Surgeon . If you have young children you might need some help around the house in the first couple of weeks or so.
Upon admission to the hospital you may be seen by the Anesthetist prior to the surgery. Usually your operation will be one or a number of other cosmetic surgery procedures that your Plastic Surgeon will perform on that day. So remember that your admission time might not be the time that you have the operation.
For a thigh lift procedure you will have a general anaesthetic. A general Anaesthetic means that you will be asleep for the procedure. The operation itself can take between two to three hours depending on the amount of surgery required and if you need additional liposuction as part of the overall procedure..
The Surgeon uses an incision along inner thigh from th groin to just above the knee. Sometimes the incision can follow in the crease on the inner thigh. Your Plastic Surgeon will make it clear which path he intends to follow for your operation at the consultation stage. Then excess skin is trimmed and muscles tightened.
When the Plastic Surgeon is happy that enough skin has been removed to give you more shape without the excess skin ,the operation is over when the wound is sutured together.
It might be a good idea to take some loose-fitting clothes with you which you can wear on the way home. As you are likely to have a garment to wear just after surgery it’s not a good idea to arrive wearing anything too tight.
Following a thigh lift procedure you should expect some discomfort. Pain relief will be available and your Nursing team together with your Plastic Surgeon will do everything to make sure that you are as comfortable as possible. Depending on the advice of your Plastic Surgeon, you may be asked to remain in hospital for two nights.
Upon discharge from the hospital you will given clear post operative instructions which you should follow carefully. If the Plastic Surgeon has asked you to take medication you may be given a prescription to buy the required drugs. Typically you may be put on a course of antibiotics and painkillers.
AFTER THE PROCEDURE
In a thigh lift procedures you should expect a degree of bruising and swelling after the operation. This is normally worse in the first couple of weeks, and it can take some weeks to settle.
You will advised to take some time off work. Usually you will be asked to arrange two weeks off work following a thigh lift.
It can take several months for the results to show in thigh lift procedure. Remember that after the operation you are going to have swelling and bruising which may make the area look very sore and swollen at first. However it is fair to say that once the swelling has started to subside you will be able to see a difference where the redundant skin has been removed.
If you are considering a thigh lift procedure then it is important to get the right advice before you proceed. If you would like to arrange a consultation for Abdominoplasty surgery with a Plastic Surgeon in your area then get in touch with us today. You can either call us on 03300 244 858 or complete our contact us form and we will be in touch with you directly to have a chat