Thigh reduction and thigh lift surgery may be part of a comprehensive body lifting procedure such as arm reduction and tummy tuck. Thigh reduction surgery is removal of excess skin and fat from the inside and in front of the upper thighs to produce a firmer, more youthful and sculptured and natural contour.
When patients lose a substantial amount of weight, or grow older the skin on the inner part of the thighs becomes loose and even wrinkled. There are no skin treatments that can improve this problem. The only way to re-establish a smoother, more attractive leg and thigh is with thigh reduction surgery.
Thigh reduction surgery removes excess wrinkled skin and fat from the upper and inner thigh to redrape and reproduce a firm and tight thigh. The incision is placed in the groin area and down the inner thigh as well as in the buttock fold or crease. The inner thigh incision may extend down towards the knee if there is significant skin and fat to be removed in order to contour the thighs properly. Consequently there will be a visible vertical scar.
Thigh Reduction Consultation
As with Arm Reduction surgery a general history and examination is performed to exclude possible underlying medical causes for the lax skin and fat and contraindicating factors preventing you from having the surgery. A detailed discussion is had especially regarding the placement of the scars as well as visibility of the scars and therefore how much excess skin and fat is removed to achieve a natural and aesthetic result.
Thigh Reduction/ Thigh Lift Surgery
As indicated the incisions are made from the groin to the buttock crease or fold with a vertical arm of a “T” component down the inner thigh. These wounds are closed in a very specific manner and in layers with dissolving sutures. Tapes and a compression garment is utilised to enable healing and contouring of the thigh.
Thigh Surgery Recovery
Patients will have a course of antibiotics, analgesics and anti inflammatory medication to help with healing of the wounds. During the first two to three weeks it is important to minimise stress on the wounds to prevent separation and possible infection and thickening of the wounds. Patients will have several follow up visits to ensure such problems are not occurring. The compression garment is required to be worn for at least 8 to 12 weeks to help contour the legs and thighs; however the longer it is worn the more reliable the result.
Patients are able to return to work by two weeks. Exercise at the gym should be temporarily suspended to avoid stress and irritation on the wounds for 1-2 months.
Complications whilst uncommon include bleeding, haematoma, and infection, decreased skin sensation and scarring. Rare complications are the formation of clots and DVT of the legs, however the use of a compression garment and early mobilisation tends to reduce this risk.