THIGH LiFTING

Skin relaxation and excess fat on the inner surface of the thighs is a problem that affects women and men.

In many cases the problem is just the excess fat rather than the loosening of the skin, in which case liposuction gives the solution. However, when skin relaxation coexists, the solution is both the thigh lifting and the removal of excess skin and fat.

What should be done pre-operativelyFirstly the surgeon receives a complete history as well as photos of the area. Classical preoperative control and a meeting with the anesthetist are scheduled.No anticoagulant such as aspirin or anti-inflammatory drug should be taken 10 days before surgery. Type of anesthesiaThigh lifting can be done under general or epidural anesthesia. HospitalizationStaying in the hospital is for 1 or 2 days depending on the situation. Surgical techniqueThe incisions can be made as follows:1. In the groin area, hidden, where the swimsuit ends.2. Along the inner surface of the thighs (in cases of great relaxation).The process initially involves liposuction of the area. Then the excess skin is removed. At the end of the surgery we place special leggings. The surgery lasts 2-3 hours, depending on the case.

 

Post-operative instructions

•       Swelling and bruising gradually recede in the next 2 to 3 weeks without complications.
•       Pain is minimal and is usually resolved with simple painkillers.
•       A small gauze is placed on the wound for about 2 weeks.
•       A pressing garment should be used for 6 weeks, 24 hours a day.
•       The healing period (2 weeks) may be a bit difficult due to the point of the incision.
•       You should wash the area daily, 48 hours after the surgery.
•       The incision will be red for the first 3 months and it gradually becomes white with a final  result visible in 1 to 3 years.
•       The incision should not be exposed to the sun for the first 3 months.
•       Progressive return to gymnastics is allowed after the 6th week post-operatively.

•       The incision will not completely disappear.
•       The final will be obvious 1 year post-operatively.

You will notice less volume on the inner surface of the thighs, smooth and stretched skin. Complications1. Hematomas: It may appear as minor bruising up to blood collection under the incision.     To prevent hematoma, the plastic surgeon performs a very good hemostasis during surgery.2. Inflammation: To avoid this complication, the Plastic Surgeon administers antibiotics during and shortly after the surgery. Additionally, we advise healthy hygiene and daily changes3. Wound healing: To avoid this complication, the Plastic Surgeon does not stitch the wound with high tendency to the skin.4. Pulmonary embolism: Complication of every surgical procedure that is prevented with anticoagulants immediately after surgery and with immediate mobilization of the patient.5. Obvious scar: Generally at that point the scars are very good and almost disappear. There is the possibility of scarring, that is to say that a scar is visible when wearing an undergarment or a  swimsuit. To prevent this, the plastic surgeon should sew the trauma without tension and immobilize the skin to a strong and immature tissue in the region of the groin. Any scar corrections or asymmetries are estimated one year post-operatively and are usually corrected under local anesthesia.6. Lymph collection under the scar: Rare complication. It is resolved with a puncture.7. Skin necrosis: To prevent this complication, the Plastic Surgeon does not stitch the trauma with high tention.8. Low sensitivity of the incision: There may be a low sensitivity near or on the incision which is usually restored 3-6 months post-operatively. In conclusion, you should not underestimate the risks of a thigh lifting, just realize that it is within the framework of a relatively simple surgery that can have complications.This text may give rise to new questions. We are at your disposal for any other information.