As a result of aging or weight loss due to diet or Bariatric Surgery the thighs develop laxity and sagging. The skin of the thighs often develops a wrinkled appearance. The inner thighs usually have the greatest amount of sagging, although there is often some laxity and sagging of the front of the thighs also. Self -conscious of this appearance women will avoid swimsuits and shorts. A Thigh Lift performed by Dr. Williams is the procedure to give the desired result. This surgery will remove excess skin and lift and elevate the skin and tissue of the thighs to give a tighter and more toned appearance.
Your Consultation with Dr. Williams
Dr. Williams feels that the most important part of the consultation is to listen to you and understand what you want to achieve. During your consultation, Dr. Williams will discuss with you and explain the procedure and your expected results. Each of the possible options for the surgery will also be explained. Depending upon your goals, alternatives, as well as additional procedures, may be recommended. The goal is for you to be fully informed so that you are confident that the choice you make is the right one to give you the result you want.
Candidates for Thigh Lift Surgery
- Men and women who have laxity and loose skin of the thighs
- If there is excessive fat of the thighs, this is best treated with Liposuction. After Liposuction the patient is evaluated for a Thigh Lift.
Thigh Lift Surgery
The exact extent of the surgery needed for correction will depend upon the patient’s individual condition and the desired result. The incision is made so that it does not show with most types of clothing or swimsuits. The most common technique for the Thigh Lift is to make an incision in the inner groin and extend this along with the inner pubis and inner thigh. The skin is released and elevated from the underlying thigh muscle. The skin is elevated upward and the excess skin and tissue removed. The thigh skin is sutured to the deep tissue of the public and groin area.
For those patients that have laxity and sagging of the lower buttock and upper back of the thigh, the lower thigh incision is extended along the lower buttock crease. The excess skin of the lower buttock is removed and the upper back thigh is lifted and sutured. This procedure is often referred to as a “Buttock Lift” re-shapes and contours the lower buttock. This results in a tighter and more shapely buttock.
Recovery from Thigh Lift Surgery
The patient is walking and moving, although limited activity, the next day after surgery. A drain is usually placed beneath the thigh skin. This drain will be removed in 2-5 days. A compression garment is worn for about a month after surgery to reduce swelling and give support. Strenuous activity is limited until about 6 weeks or so after surgery.
Planning Your Procedure
The procedure is performed at the Plastic Surgery Center. This is performed in a nationally accredited (AAAASF) surgical facility. This ensures that the surgery is done in complete privacy and that it is done with the highest quality of patient safety standards for ambulatory surgery. Prior to surgery, all cases are reviewed in conjunction with Dr. Williams and Anesthesia. Depending upon your present health and the type of procedure planned it may be necessary to have lab work done prior to surgery.
Dr. Williams will discuss with you and give you instructions for before and after your surgery. The surgery is outpatient surgery. That means that you will be able to go home after the surgery. It will be necessary for you to have a caregiver with you for 24 hours after your surgery. This is to ensure your safety and that all necessary post-operative instruction are followed. If you do not have a caregiver, arrangements can be made for this. Dr. Williams understands that patients and their caregivers often have anxiety, concerns, and questions after surgery. Dr. Williams is always available 24 hours a day to respond to you. Every effort is made throughout to make certain that you have a great experience and that you obtain your best possible desired result.