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All you need to know about thighplasty or the thigh lift options

People with stubborn thigh fat often opt for the Thigh lift surgery or Thighplasty as it’s an effective method compared to exercise and diet. It can be extremely frustrating when you find the ugly fat deposits on your thigh unresponsive to traditional weight loss methods. Some of the serious aesthetic issues caused by this extra fat include poor contour of the thigh, saggy and hanging skin.

Thigh plasty due to fat deposit

Unwanted fat deposits on the thigh lead to disproportionate appearance, which becomes matter of extreme embarrassment for many. Age as well as extreme weight loss results in loss of elasticity and lead to saggy skin. Actually, saggy skin occurs because the skin fails to retract and tighten as it usually does when we are young or have optimal fat deposit on the thigh. Ultimately, the saggy skin hides the normal contours of the muscle giving an ugly look and shape to the body. Doctors at Panacea Plastic Surgery usually suggest Thigh lift surgery to such patients because it’s an effective cosmetic procedure to enhance the thigh’s appearance.

Thighplasty or a thigh lift is a cosmetic procedure to get rid of the saggy skin and extra fat to enhance the thigh’s appearance. This surgery is aimed at getting rid of the saggy skin on the outer and inner thighs. Some people might confuse a thigh lift with liposuction. However, the real difference is that a thigh lift is concerned with improving the overall aesthetics of the thigh. It includes everything like the fat, skin and the thigh’s shape.

Consultation – The first step of a Thigh Lift procedure

After you book an appointment, you’ll get an opportunity to learn from an experienced plastic surgeon. They will tell you whether a thigh lift procedure will yield desirable results or not. A team of experienced plastic surgeon will provide you with all the necessary information on various aspects related to a Thighplasty. Your doctor will also assess your thigh skin, noting everything from degree of skin laxity to thigh contour. This will help your doctor to determine whether you’re suitable candidate for this cosmetic surgery. The best thing about this one-to-one consultation with an expert plastic surgeon is that you can get a quick walkthrough of this surgical procedure. And also ask questions arising in your mind.

Am I suitable for a Thigh Lift?

Thighplasty can dramatically enhance the thigh’s appearance but it’s not the best option for everyone. Healthy people with a stable height width ratio with substantial fat deposit on the thigh are considered to be a suitable candidate for Thigh Lift. If you’re concerned about only getting rid of the excess fat deposit on your thigh then you can opt for a liposuction procedure. However, if you wish to improve the contour and enhance the overall appearance of your thigh then Thigh lift needs to be chosen.

Liposuction is often the best method to remove fat deposit and isn’t as invasive as a thighplsty. Thigh lift is highly invasive, so you need to be in good health for coping with post-surgery recovery process. It’s important to have realistic expectations and even discuss the same with your doctor. Successful outcome of a thigh lift surgery is possible only if your body is in a good state to aid the recovery process. 

If you’re suffering from severe medical conditions like heat disease, liver disease, diabetes, high BP etc then you need to inform your doctor about the same. Additionally, you should also inform them about your present medications and supplements. Your surgeon might have to alter their doses and frequency before and after the surgery.

Thigh lift surgery

What to expect during a Thigh Lift surgery?

We’ve had several patients who had to undergo a liposuction process months before a thigh lift surgery. Excessive fat on the thigh had to be removed for desirable results from a thighplasty. However, liposuction can be done during the thigh lift surgery if there’re smaller areas of fat deposits. 

Thighplasty is an outpatient procedure; however, general anesthesia is administered for comfort and safety of patients. Incisions are made on specific points where your doctor wants to remove the skin and fat. Often the incision for the inner thighs runs all the way to the knee because that’s the region where saggy skin is often found.

The size of each incision depends on the amount of skin and fat, which needs to be cut off from the thigh. Once excess skin is removed, the surgeon tightens the skin and coves the underlying muscles to improve the contour. Overall enhancement of the thigh is the ultimate aim of a thigh lift surgery. For this, your surgeon can make multiple incisions to get the desired results.

Recovering From Thigh Lift Procedure

You will have to spend at least a day in the clinic so that your doctor is able to evaluate your post-surgery medical status. The next day you shall be discharged, so you need to ask someone to drive you back home. 

Like all other contouring procedures, recovering from thighplasty is long and intensive. You will have to wear compression clothes after the surgery for at least 6 to 8 weeks. Also, you won’t be able to resume work soon. The recovery process is painful and it’s advisable that you take at least 2 to 3 weeks off from work. You must keep away from any kind of strenuous work and exercise to prevent unnecessary swelling and injuries.

Plastic surgeons at Panacea Plastic Surgery maintain absolute transparency when it comes to recovery and outcome of the surgery. Depending on your health status before and after the surgery, your surgeon shall inform you what to expect from the surgery.

Pain and scarring are inevitable after a thigh lift surgery and you must be mentally prepared for handling both. As far as pain management is concerned during the recovery period, doctors often prescribe painkillers. Scars are more or less permanent. So even if your doctor prescribes lotions or ointments, it can only lead to slight fading of the scars.

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