Tampa Thigh Lift
Thigh lift surgery or thighplasty is a procedure designed to remove the excess skin and fatty tissue from the thighs. Unfortunately because of genetics, increasing age and changes in weight, unattractive fatty tissue may be deposited in the thighs. In mild cases, liposuction alone may be sufficient to address these fatty deposits. However when skin laxity and sag are also present, liposuction does little to correct the loose and sagging skin. In these cases thigh lift surgery or thighplasty is better suited.
Dr. Fakhre offers several different thigh lift procedures at New Tampa Plastic Surgery. The inner or medial thigh lift, the outer or lateral thigh lift, and the vertical thigh lift. Each procedure targets excess skin and fatty tissues in the different areas mentioned. Occasionally more than one procedure is performed, depending on the location and extent of the sagging skin and fat, as well as the patient's desired results.
Reasons for Considering a Thighplasty or Thigh Lift in Tampa:
- Improve the shape and contour of the inner and/or outer thighs
- Correct sagging skin and fatty tissue which have developed over time
- Remove excess and deflated skin present following massive weight loss
- Treat fatty deposits in the thigh which are unlikely to be well treated with liposuction
The Thigh Lift Procedure
The procedure selected depends on the area of the thigh which requires improvement. An inner or medial thigh lift serves to correct excess skin and fatty tissue on the upper, inner thigh. Here incisions are placed on the inside of the thigh, along the groin crease and a wedge of excess skin and fat is removed. The thigh is then lifted and suspended in position using certain suture techniques and the incision is closed with absorbable sutures.
In cases where excess skin and fatty tissue extends lower down in the thigh, a vertical thigh lift is then better suited. Here an incision is made vertically along the inside of the thigh from the groin crease to the inside of the knee. The excess skin and fat along the length of the inner thigh is then removed and the wound closed with absorbable sutures.
An outer thigh lift is suited for patients whose fatty deposits are located on the outer or lateral thigh. Here an incision is made from the groin crease anteriorly around to the back. Excess skin and fat on the outer thigh may then be directly removed and the outer thigh lifted to a more appropriate position. The incisions are then closed with absorbable sutures. Occasionally, these thigh lift procedures may be performed together to address excess skin and fatty deposits on the inner and outer thighs.
Thigh lift surgery may take anywhere from two to four hours, depending on the specific procedure performed. Dr. Fakhre will help decide which thigh lift procedure is best suited for you. Thigh lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia and patients are typically discharged home later the same day. Drains are usually placed following a thigh lift and are typically removed several days after the procedure.
Recovery following a Thigh Lift
The recovery after a thigh lift depends on the type of thigh lift performed. As with most body procedures, a restful week off of work is necessary to allow for an appropriate recovery. Some patients may consider taking additional time off depending on their line of work. Dr. Fakhre will usually place a specialized bandage around the thighs after surgery. Small drains may be placed at the time of surgery, and these are usually removed at five to seven days following surgery. The scars resulting from these procedures are permanent but carefully placed by Dr. Fakhre so as to minimize their visibility.
Patients will often have pain following a thigh lift, however the pain is usually well controlled with oral pain medications. You will be given a thorough postoperative instruction sheet written by Dr. Fakhre. Following these instructions will help reduce the risk of complications after surgery.
To find out if you'd be a good candidate for a thigh lift in Tampa and Wesley Chapel, Florida, schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Fakhre, your Tampa and Wesley Chapel Plastic Surgeon, at 813-PLASTIC (752-7842).
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