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You may be a candidate for thighplasty if you have experienced a loss of skin elasticity of the thigh, hip, or buttock areas. Patients are more prone to this condition after significant weight loss. You may also desire this procedure if your skin in the thigh area is saggy, flabby, and/or dimpled in appearance. The procedure may also be indicated if your thigh appearance improves dramatically when you lift the lax skin.
If you are self-conscious about your lower body appearance you may also want to look into this procedure. The procedure is intended to produce tighter, more attractive thigh and buttock skin with improved contours. It is also intended to decrease irregularities in skin surface.
Lifting the inner thighs requires incisions extending from the front of the thigh/groin crease to the buttock crease. The buttocks can be lifted with upper or lower incisions. Finally, the skin is pulled taught and sutured into the new configuration. The entire procedure can last from 3 to 7 hours. Liposuction may also be completed in conjunction with a thigh lift. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia. The doctor will show you what specific procedures are available to solve your particular problem.
The patient is placed in a compression garment at the end of surgery to reduce swelling and to assist in the natural shrinking and tightening of the skin. With smaller thigh lifts, initial discomfort is usually easily controlled with prescription pain medication. With larger thigh lifts, one or two nights in a hospital are usually required. This allows for pain injections, intravenous catheters, etc.
Bruising and swelling usually subside within a month, strenuous activities are usually possible in 6 weeks and almost all symptoms resolve in 4-6 months.
Additional procedures that may enhance the result include Liposuction, Breast Enlargement and Tummy Tuck. This procedure is considered cosmetic and therefore is not covered by insurance. The specific risks and the suitability of this procedure for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. Your surgeon will discuss this with you.