A thigh lift is an operation that aims to restore the contours of the thigh by removing excess skin and fat from the inside of the leg and groin crease.
Who is a good candidate for this surgery?
This procedure is often requested by people who have lost a large amount of weight and are left with uneven or sagging folds of skin in the region of the inside leg , upper thigh, or above the knee. Unfortunately, once the skin in this area has been stretched, it is impossible for it to return to its previous size and no amount of exercise will encourage it to do so. Optimum results are achieved when patients have reached their target weight and can maintain this.
What can surgery do for me?
The major benefit of thigh lift surgery is an improvement in the shape, contour and tone of the thigh. In addition, some patients experience an improvement in the rubbing and chafing of the thighs that often accompanies the excess skin folds.
How is the surgery done?
Usually the surgery is performed by cutting into the thigh from just above the knee on the inner aspect of the thigh, up to where the thigh meets the body at the groin. The incision is the continued in the groin crease for a variable distance towards the hip. The excess skin is then removed and the wounds sutured.
What type of anaesthetic do I need?
This operation is performed under general anaesthesia.
How long am I in hospital?
Usually, patients will spend one night in hospital and are able to return home the following day.
How quickly will I recover from my surgery?
The first week after surgery, the skin of the thigh will feel quite tight because of post-operative swelling but this will improve with time. Dissolving sutures are used underneath the skin, but the wounds will require inspection after a week and re-dressing as necessary. Most patients will not need dressings beyond two weeks.
After this time a return to most normal activities is possible, but vigorous exercise should be deferred until the wounds have gained more strength at four weeks.
What are the potential problems with this surgery?
The major drawback of thigh-lift surgery is the need to make fairly substantial incisions in the skin, which lead to large permanent scars. The scars are placed in a position to make them as inconspicuous as possible and the colour and appearance of the scars will improve with time.
As with all surgery, infection is a risk and in a severe case, it could lead to loss of skin and soft tissue. This might result in the need for further surgery to improve the situation when the infection has passed.
Some patients find the skin overlying the thigh remains permanently numb after surgery.
How much will a thigh lift operation cost me?
Please contact our experienced team of medical secretaries and they will be able to advise you of costs at your chosen hospital. (Spire Norwich Hospital, Nuffield Health Ipswich Hospital or BMI The Sandringham Hospital, King's Lynn).