Procedure: A Medial thigh lift improves the shape and tone of the underlying tissue that supports fat and skin in between the legs in the upper thigh region. Excess sagging fat and skin are removed to treat conditions caused in part by poor tissue elasticity.
Length: 4-8 hours
Anesthesia: General anesthesia in an operating room
In/Outpatient: Inpatient for 3-5 days
Side Effects: Temporary pain. Swelling, soreness, numbness of overlying skin, bruising, tiredness for several weeks or months.
Risks: Unfavorable scarring, Bleeding (hematoma), Infection, Fluid accumulation, Anesthesia risks, Poor wound healing, Skin loss, Blood clots, Numbness or other changes in skin sensation, Skin discoloration and/or prolonged swelling, Asymmetry, Major wound separation, Fatty tissue found deep in the skin might die (fat necrosis), Major wound separation, Asymmetry, Recurrent looseness of the skin, Damage to deeper structures such as nerves, blood vessels, muscles, and lungs, Pain, which may persist, Persistent swelling in the legs, Possibility of revision surgery, Sutures that may spontaneously surface through the skin, and become visible or produce irritation that require removal, Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and possible pulmonary complications.
Recovery: 4-6 weeks depending on your recovery and if other procedures are performed along with the body lift. Usually drains are left in place for 1-2 weeks and you have to wear a post operative garment to help with the healing. Drains are placed for healing and will stay in for at least 2 weeks.
Duration of Results: Back to work: 2-4 weeks. More strenuous activity: 4 to 8 weeks or more. Fading and flattening of scars: 3 months to 2 years.
Is a Medial thigh Lift right for me?
A well-toned body with smooth contours often is a sign of fitness achieved by healthy diet and exercise. But exercise cannot always achieve desired results for people who have loose, sagging skin and uneven contours in between the upper thighs. Aging, sun damage, pregnancy and significant fluctuations in weight as well as genetic factors may contribute to poor tissue elasticity and can result in sagging of the abdomen, buttocks, thighs and upper arms. Often patients who have had a gastric bypass surgery, and has successfully lost a considerable amount of weight often seek medial thigh lifts to improve the appearance of the sagging skin in between their legs. .
If you desire a less hanging skin and fat inbetween the upper medial thigh area, then a surgical medial thigh lift may help achieve your goals. It improves the shape and tone of the underlying tissue that supports fat and skin.
Excess sagging fat and skin are removed to treat conditions caused in part by poor tissue elasticity. In addition, the procedure(s) can improve a dimpled, irregular skin surface, commonly known as cellulite. A Medial thigh lift may include these areas the inner, outer, or posterior thigh, or circumferentially around the whole upper thigh to the media; knees.
What it won’t do:
Medial thigh lifts are not intended strictly for the removal of excess fat. Liposuction alone can remove excess fat deposits where skin has good elasticity and is able to naturally conform to new body contours. In cases where skin elasticity is poor, a combination of liposuction and medial thigh lift techniques may be recommended.
The success and safety of your medial thigh lift procedure depends very much on your complete candidness during your consultation. You’ll be asked a number of questions about your health, desires and lifestyle.
– Why you want the surgery, your expectations and desired outcome
– The options available in medial thigh lift surgery
– Medical conditions, drug allergies and medical treatments
– Use of current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drugs
– Previous surgeries
Your surgeon may also:
– Evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
– Examine and measure your body, including detailed measurements
– Take photographs for your medical record
– Discuss your options and recommend a course of treatment
– Discuss likely outcomes of medial thigh lift surgery and any risks or potential complications
Prior to surgery, you may be asked to:
– Get lab testing or a medical evaluation
– Take certain medications or adjust your current medications
– Stop smoking well in advance of surgery
– Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding
Special instructions you receive will cover:
– What to do on the day of surgery
– The use of anesthesia during your medial thigh lift surgery
– Post-operative care and follow-up
Dr. M. Patel or Dr. J. Patel will also discuss where your procedure will be performed. Medial thigh lift surgery should be performed in a hospital.
The Medial Thigh Lift surgery
Step 1 – Anesthesia
Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedures. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.
Step 2 – The incision
Incision length and pattern depend on the amount and location of excess skin to be removed, as well as personal preference and surgical judgment.
A medial thigh lift treats the inside of the thighs by removing the skin in a crescent shape from the front to the back up in the groin region. The scars are often unsightly due to the tension forces acting on this areas, so they become widened over time, therefore they are placed in the pubic region.
You will have multiple drains for at least a few weeks to help with the healing process.
Please contact us if you would like to learn more about the medial thigh lift.