The thigh lift can be performed on its own though it is often combined with other procedures like liposuction and other body lifts. Liposuction alone may be an option for patients with excess fat and no excess skin.
The thigh lift is performed by the board certified plastic surgery experts at Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Specialists with general anesthesia. Incision patterns will vary. In many cases, the incision is placed in the groin and extends down and around to the back of the thigh. Smaller incisions may be made for individuals with less extensive sagging. For a medial thigh lift, for instance, the incision is limited to the groin area. If the outer thigh is being treated, it will be a groin incision only if there is minimal laxity, but if not it will be a hockey stick or J type incision that extends down the medial thigh since there is more laxity.
Working through the incision, the underlying tissue is reshaped and tightened. Excess skin is then removed and the incisions are closed.
After Thigh Lift Surgery: What to Expect
Swelling and bruising are common after surgery. To minimize swelling and support the new contours of the thighs, you may be required to wear a compression garment for a period of time. If drainage tubes are inserted at the incision sites, they are typically removed within a few days. Patients often find that they can return to work within two weeks after their thigh lift, while exercise and strenuous activities should be postponed for four to six weeks.
Possible Complications of Thigh Lift Surgery
All surgical procedures involve some risks. The potential complications associated with the thigh lift may include adverse anesthesia reaction, bleeding, infection, excess scarring, poor wound healing, blood clots, numbness and asymmetry. You can minimize your risk by carefully adhering to your doctor’s pre- and post-surgical instructions.
FAQs about Thigh Lift
If you live in the state of New York, Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Specialists offers Thigh Lift among its services. For a full list of services, please visit our Locations page.
- Dr. Rubinstein is one of the top facial plastic surgeons in New York.
- He is double board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.
- Dr. Rubinstein has been in both private and academic practice for over 15 years.
- He is also an active member of the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery.
- Clinical Professor at New York Presbyterian Hospital