A thigh lift procedure is designed for reshaping the thighs and focuses on reducing excess fat and skin. The result is an improvement in lower body and thigh contours/proportions and smoother looking skin.
Types of thigh lifts
An initial consultation with Dr. Galanis will include a detailed physical examination and evaluation of medical history. This will help in determining which type of thigh lift would be suitable for the specific patient. There are basically three options- a medial thigh lift, a lateral thigh lift or a combination of the two.
In a medial thigh lift, the surgeon will make incisions in your groin area. If you need a substantial amount of excess skin removal, then a longitudinal slit might be considered along your inner thigh. In this type of thigh lift, the surgeon will remove a portion of your inner thigh skin.
In case of lateral thigh lifts, incisions might start from your groin and go all the way around your hip. An experienced surgeon will always try and make incisions in the area where clothing can hide scars. However, incisions in a lateral thigh lift are more extensive as compared to the medial lift.
A combination of different thigh lift techniques might be necessary in some cases. The specific thigh lift technique or combination of techniques will depend on various factors such as the amount of skin and fat that needs to be eliminated, the overall skin quality, and the targeted areas.
What to Expect
It is important to know what you can expect from a thigh lift before undergoing the procedure. Dr. Galanis explains that a thigh lift is not primarily aimed at excess fat removal. The liposuction procedure, performed in isolation, could achieve that purpose. It is when a patient does not have a good skin elasticity that a thigh lift is recommended alongside a liposuction procedure.
A patient will likely see some changes in the thigh area almost immediately after the surgery. But it could be a couple of months before the final outcome is completely visible. Patients usually report a significant improvement in the feel and appearance of skin quality after a thigh lift surgery.
It is natural for some of the visible scars to remain, but they are mostly hidden by clothes, especially in the case of medial thigh lift. The final changes in appearance are mostly long lasting, though you need to maintain a general level of fitness and a steady weight. You must also acknowledge some loss of skin firmness due to natural aging.