After massive weight loss, the skin of the thigh often becomes loose and sags, causing many people to feel self-conscious about this area of the body. To help reposition the thigh to a higher position and eliminate excess skin, an inner thigh lift or vertical thigh lift may be needed.
An inner thigh lift can help correct sagging and excess skin from the inner thigh and the scar is easily hidden within the crease of the groin. Patients with even more excess skin often benefit from a full vertical thigh lift, where the scar is left on the inner thigh. At Florida Plastic Surgery Group, a thigh lift is often performed in a staged fashion, combined with a lower body lift.
Our plastic surgeons specialize in taking care of patients that have lost a significant amount of weight, often from a gastric bypass or banding procedure. We ensure that your body, nutrition, and skin are ready for cosmetic surgery prior to your procedure. The post-operative care for your thigh lift is equally important to ensure you have the look and result you desire.
Preparing for Your Thigh Lift
Who is a candidate for a thigh lift after massive weight loss (i.e. body contouring surgery)?
Men and women who have lost weight and have excess skin and/or sagging of the thighs are good candidates for a thigh lift.
How do I prepare for my thigh lift after massive weight loss (i.e. body contouring surgery)?
Patients considering a thigh lift should ensure proper nutrition and vitamin supplementation in the weeks leading up to the procedure. Our doctors will discuss the importance of nutrition to your healing during the consultation process. Also in order to optimize your results, patients should also refrain from using nicotine in the weeks before and after their surgery.
Recovering After Your Thigh Lift Body Contouring Surgery
The procedure is performed under general anesthesia and patients are instructed to wear compression garments for the first few weeks. The incisions will heal in 2-3 weeks and patients should avoid exercise for approximately 3-4 weeks after their thigh lift surgery. Our cosmetic surgery team will be there to assist you throughout the recovery process.
If you are interested in learning more about how a thigh lift / body contouring can help you achieve your cosmetic goals after dramatic weight loss, or to schedule a consultation with one of our plastic surgeons, please contact our office today.