A thigh lift or thighplasty is a surgical procedure that reshapes the thighs by removing excess skin, and in some cases fat. The result are thighs that are are better-proportioned and have smoother skin.
After losing significant weight some individuals have great difficulty with the excess, loose skin that can gather on the inner and outer thighs. For other individuals age and genetic factors can contribute to premature ageing of the thighs and negatively impact on self-confidence.
The ideal patient for a thigh lift is one who has loose skin in the upper inner thighs, has a stable weight, who is in good health and has realistic goals and expectations.
Thigh lift surgery depends on the area that requires correction. For medial thigh skin laxity an incision is made at the junction between the inner thigh and pubic region and a pre-determined amount of excess skin and underlying fat is removed. For lateral thigh skin laxity an incision is made at the front and lateral aspect of the thigh, at the top of the thigh and a pre-determined amount of excess skin and underlying fat is removed.
After surgery, dressings are applied as well as a compression garment to be worn during recovery. Some swelling, bruising and discomfort is normal and to be expected, but resolves on its own over several days.
During your consultation with Mr Karri, he will advise you on what type of thigh lift would be best for you. If required, thigh lift can be combined with liposuction, tummy tuck or breast lift, depending on your individual goals.
Prior to your surgery, Mr Karri and his team will give you detailed aftercare instructions. This will include how to care for the surgical site and incisions, pain relief that may be used to handle discomfort and when you may resume normal activity.
Risks of thigh lift
Complications following arm lift depend on numerous factors such as general health, smoking history and medications. Mr Karri will explain how risks apply to you and will send you detailed pre-operative instructions to minimise these risks.
Scar / poor scarring – in some patients the scar may remain red and raised for a number of weeks
Over correction / undercorrection
Bruising and swelling
Bleeding and haematoma formation
Infection – antibiotics will be given at the time of surgery and after to reduce the risk of infection
Delayed wound healing – higher risk in smokers
Risks of general anaesthesia