Having a toned body is a dream come true. With age, however, the upper legs become a problematic area. Some people realize that the thighs remain stubbornly resistant exercise and diet after significant weight loss. Excess skin, fat cells, and cellulite accumulate on the thighs making people appear less fit, older and heavier than they are. Sagging and loose skin on the thighs makes people self-conscious about their look. While some people achieve good results with regular exercise and diet, others find it impossible or difficult to tone their thighs.
Right before the thigh lift surgery, the plastic surgeon would assess thighs one final time to make sure you are healthy enough for the procedure. In other words, a patient should no signs of weight fluctuation and infection between surgical date and initial consultation. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia combined with intravenous sedation. The surgeon marks the areas on the thigh that serve as a surgical guide. It also helps a patient understand what to expect for the incisions and results. The surgical staff and nurses will clean thighs preparing for the surgery. Surgeon along with surgical staff will monitor signs throughout thigh lift surgery to ensure the safety of a patient.
The surgeon will make an incision into the thigh based on the type of thigh lift and pre-decided custom surgical approach and plan. Through the incisions made, the doctor will remove small amounts of stubborn fat deposits and tissues. If a patient has a high quantity of unwanted fat deposits in thigh, the surgeon will first perform liposuction during which she or she would make a small incision into the thigh, and use a cannula for dissolving fat with air, motion, sound waves, lasers or vibration. Once the cosmetic surgeon has finished removing soft and fat tissue, he or she would pull the skin taut and trim it for a svelte and smooth look. he or she will also tighten thigh muscles for a fitter and firmer appearance. The incisions will be closed with sutures followed by placement of drains for preventing infection and fluid accumulation.
To ensure a smooth recovery, it is important to follow the instructions given by the surgeon. Thigh would be placed in dressing or compression garment to help in the natural shrinking of skin and minimize swelling. Pain, bruising and swelling take about a month to subside, however, it can be managed and controlled with prescribed medication. Avoid all types of strenuous and rigorous activities for six to eight weeks. Do not sit for a long time because it will increase tension on the stitches. You might be able to get back to normal activities within three to four weeks after the surgery.
The results of the thigh lift surgery are pleasing and satisfying. In most patients, the results are great with minimum possibility of complications. The results of this procedure are long-lasting provided you do not lose significant weight and lose it again. It will give you shapely and well-contoured thighs for years to come. However, changes consequential to the natural process of aging are inevitable.
There are several benefits you get to enjoy with thigh lift surgery. These benefits are not only aesthetic but also helps in relieving rashes on the undersurface of thighs because of moisture. It further adds to the weight loss giving shapely, firm and smooth thighs. It removes the dimpled appearance because of cellulite. To enjoy the benefits of a thigh lift for a long time, adhere to the instructions given by the surgeon.