Excess fat on thighs can cause the skin to sag or droop. This excess skin can persist after weight loss, and make walking difficult as well as affecting your appearance. Your skin may rub or chafe against the opposite thigh as you walk. A thigh lift can remove the extra skin and give your thighs a better contour.
There are a number of options for where to place the incisions for your thigh lift surgery. Dr. Marshall will take the time to talk with you about which thigh lift technique is best for you. He will also answer all your questions about the procedure and your recovery.
Depending on the extent and location of the excess fat and skin, Dr. Marshall may use one or both of these thigh lift techniques:
- A medial thigh lift uses an incision that extends from the groin, along the natural skin fold and around the hip. The surgeon removes a portion of fat and skin; he then sutures the skin back together. This tightens the skin of the inner thigh and improves the leg’s contour.
- A lateral thigh lift uses an incision at the top of the leg, along the lower underwear line. Dr. Marshall removes an appropriate amount of skin, pulls up the skin from below, and sutures it to the skin above. This technique tightens the skin on the front and outside of the leg.
After your surgery, you may wear a compression garment to minimize swelling. However, you may still have some swelling and bruising, which can last up to a month. Dr. Marshall will give you specific instructions on how to take care of your incision as it heals. His office will schedule follow-up appointments to make sure you are doing well. Most people return to normal activities in four to six months. Patients can help ensure their results are long-lasting with a healthy diet and exercise.
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