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A number of women and men deal with the unsightly problem
of dimpled, flabby or saggy thighs, and endlessly seek solutions
to this problem. Fortunately, there is a form of plastic surgery,
thighplasty, commonly referred to as the thigh lift, which
re-contours the shape by removing the fat and excess skin
from the thighs and knees. The result is a sleek look that
makes it possible once again to wear more revealing clothes,
including swim suits, mini-skirts and skinny jeans.
Different Types of Thighplasty
Thighplasty, or thigh lifts, can be done in a number of
different ways, using various types of surgical incisions.
The most common type of thigh lift is the inner (medial) thigh
list, which is best-suited for people with excess skin and fat in this region.

Vertical thighplasty is best for people who have excessive amounts of fat and skin to be removed. This procedure will result in permanent scarring in the inner thigh area.
One of the newer forms of the thigh lift is spiral thighplasty, which is often recommended for people who have experienced significant weight loss.

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What Surgery Is Right for Your Body Type?

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Multiple Thighplasty Procedures

Some people need to have a combination of different thigh lift procedures done to achieve the desired goal. Your surgeon will determine which type is appropriate for you based on the following:

  • Your personal preferences
  • The area that needs the procedure
  • The amount of skin and fat to be removed
  • The condition of your skin

In some cases, thighplasty is done in conjunction with liposuction or other procedures.

The Thigh Lift Procedure

The procedure for all the various types of thigh lifts is essentially the same.  
The type of anesthesia and the type of incision your surgeon uses are both determined by the kind of thighplasty you are having. Your surgeon will choose either a general anesthetic or a lighter form of sedation that will allow you to remain conscious throughout the procedure. Then the appropriate incision will be made, depending on the amount of skin and fat that need to be removed.

Your hospital stay will depend on the type of thigh lift procedure you are having, especially if you are having a number of different procedures done at the same time.

The Recovery Period for Thigh Lift Surgery

For at least 48 – 72 hours after your surgery, you will feel some level of discomfort. If your pain level is extreme, your doctor will prescribe a pain medication.
Immediately after the surgery you can expect to see bruising and swelling immediately, as well as smoother, tighter skin. It can take from 3-5 weeks for the pain and swelling in your thighs and lower body to go away completely. 

Following your surgery, you will need to wear a compression bandage to keep the incisions clean and help your skin to tighten. Drainage tubes will be inserted into the area to help eliminate excess fluid and will be removed once the fluid ebbs.
You will also have dressings applied to any incisions in your groin area, and you will receive instructions from your surgeon about keeping your dressings dry. You will have to wait until three days after your surgery to shower.

You should schedule a follow-up appointment with your surgeon within one week of your procedure.
It’s important for you to walk as soon after your surgery as you feel able in order to avoid the possibility of developing a blood clot, which can be dangerous and possibly fatal. Your surgeon will tell you when you can return to normal activities, including your regular exercise routine.


The Risks Associated With Thighplasty

As with any type of surgery, there are various risks and side effects associated with thigh lifts. They include:

  • Infection
  • Blood clots
  • Scarring
  • Skin discoloration
  • Swelling
  • Bleeding
  • Skin loss
  • Unhealed wounds
  • Pain
  • Numbness in the affected region
  • Loose skin
  • Problems related to anesthesia
  • Complications involving the heart and lungs
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Asymetric thighs
  • Poor results

The Cost of Thighplasty

The total cost of your thighplasty includes the surgeon’s charges, and the fees for the anesthesia and the operating room. When the thigh lift is combined with other procedures, the comprehensive cost will be higher.  Statistics from 2008 show that The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery listed the average fee charged by plastic surgeons for thighplasty at $4,589. 

Insurance companies will not cover the costs of any procedures that are determined to be cosmetic. Many surgeons will allow you to pay for your procedure in installments.

Choosing the Right Plastic Surgeon for your Thigh Lift Surgery

Of course, if you want to get excellent results from your plastic surgery, you need to choose a highly qualified, board-certified plastic surgeon. Board certification refers to the surgeon’s level of training and knowledge of current techniques and technology. You should only consider a plastic surgeon who has been certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.


 

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