A thigh lift is a popular form of cosmetic surgery for people wishing to remove excess skin on the thighs.
How is a Thigh Lift performed?
Dr. Dickie performs a thigh lift under a general anaesthetic, although local anaesthesia with sedation may also be used. This would be determined during your consultation. The procedure takes 1.5 to 3 hours, depending on the individual patient. A thigh lift is typically performed as an outpatient; however, individual circumstances and extent of surgery may require an overnight stay in our private surgical facility at the Royal Centre of Plastic Surgery.
The incision length and pattern depend upon the amount and location of the excess skin to be removed, as well as the patient’s personal preference and Dr. Dickie’s surgical judgment. To correct the inner or medial thigh, incisions are usually made in the groin area and can possibly extend down the inside of the thigh to the knee. To correct the outer thigh, additional incisions may be made in the bikini line extending from the groin area to the hip to the buttock crease.
Through these incisions, Dr. Dickie will reshape your thigh. Excess fat may be reduced using excision or liposuction. The underlying tissue will be reshaped and tightened and the skin will be reduced and re-draped.
Who is a good candidate for a Thigh Lift?
You may be considered a good candidate for a thigh lift if you are physically healthy and your weight is stable, and if you have lax, loose skin, excess fat and tissue, sagging body contours, and/or dimpled or uneven soft tissue (cellulite). Patients considering a thigh lift should have realistic expectations regarding the outcome of their surgery.
After your surgery, Dr. Dickie will apply dressings to your incision. You will wear a removable compression garment in order to minimize swelling while supporting your new contours as you heal. Dr. Dickie may also place a temporary drain tube under the skin to drain any excess fluids that would otherwise collect around your incision. Typically patients can return to work after about two weeks. However, strenuous activity must be avoided for four to six weeks. Your scars will take approximately three to twelve months to fade and flatten.
Contact the Royal Centre of Plastic Surgery for more information on a thigh lift and other possible cosmetic enhancements that you might be considering and to schedule an in-depth consultation with Dr. Dickie. Let us help you achieve your desired look. We are committed to helping you look and feel great.