Massive weight loss often results in very loose and excessive skin folds along the inner thigh. In these circumstances, surgery can be performed to tighten the skin and improve the contours along the inner thigh. Excess skin and fatty tissue is removed to improve the contours, leaving a scar hidden along the fold where the thigh and the groin meet, and often down the inner aspect of the thigh to the level of the knee.
Thigh Lift Surgery can create a dramatic transformation and improved contours. Speak to our office to discuss if a thigh lift is right for you.
Dr Eddy Dona has been a specialist plastic surgeon since 2007, and is a member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons. From your first clinic visit, and throughout your surgical journey, Dr Dona and his team will be there to make it as smooth as possible.
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The ideal candidate for Thigh Lift surgery, is someone that has undergone significant weight loss. When weight is lost, you will experience a reduction in fat. However, skin has a limited amount of ability to contract around the smaller thigh. Therefore, the skin starts to sag and hang from the body, and the thighs is a common area of concern.
Also, with the passage of time skin loses its elasticity and naturally becomes saggy. Lifestyle and genetic factors all play a significant role.
Dr Dona and our team, understand that your first consultation can be a little nerve-racking. Understandably, you may be feeling excited and a little nervous all at the same time but let us assure you, that you will feel nothing but welcome and supported during your first visit with us. During your consultation with Dr Dona in Sydney, you will both discuss and create a tailored surgical plan to suit your unique requirements.
Prior to your surgery, you will see Dr Dona to revisit your surgical plan and to discuss any additional questions that may have come to mind after your consultation. In addition to meeting with Dr Dona again prior to your surgery, our amazingly friendly team which includes our senior nurses, are always available to answer any question you may have.
A number of options are available to restore a more flattering contour to your inner thighs. Dr Dona will advise you on which option will be best suited to address your concerns.
A Minimal incision thigh lift involves making the surgical incisions where the inner, upper thigh joins the groin. This type of thigh lift surgery is considered only if there is a small amount of excess skin located near the upper inner thigh. The scar will be located along your groin crease only.
A thigh lift is best suited for most patients that have lost a significant amount of weight where they have excess skin extending down their inner thighs. During a traditional thigh lift procedure, incisions are made along the groin crease, and also extending down from the upper inner groin towards the inner knee for a variable distance depending on the degree of excess skin. The excess skin and fatty tissue are removed, and your skin is then tailored and closed using several layers of internal stitches. The end result is a smooth, defined and contoured inner thigh from groin down to knees.
While there will be some swelling and bruising, the results of your new trim and toned thighs will be apparent almost immediately after your surgery. However, it will likely take up to six months after your surgery, for swelling to fully settle. This is when you would be able to fully appreciate the new you.
Whenever someone is having an anaesthetic, no matter what it’s for, then things can potentially go wrong. That is why no surgery should be considered “minor”. Of course, whilst the chances of the following potential problems occurring are extremely small, you still need to know about then:
All these potential problems are standard for any operation, although some operations and some patients have an increased risk of developing them.
Other specific potential complications may include:
Asymmetry– Differences between the right and left thighs or unevenness of the skin.
Swelling– Swelling of the legs and feet after thigh lift surgery is normal. This can be quite dramatic in the beginning, and we are required to wear compression stocking for several months after surgery. However, in some cases, the swelling may take many months to resolve. Rarely can someone develop chronic swelling (oedema) of the legs/feet.
Loss of Sensation– You may experience a loss of sensation around the scars on the upper inner thigh or even in the leg, which typically subsides over several months. However, this may be permanent.
Genital Disturbance – with thigh lift surgery the groin incisions and tension are immediately adjacent to the vagina (scrotum in males). With tension, gravity, and scar tightening, it is possible for the surgery to cause movement of the vaginal lips (labia majora) downwards with the potential for creating a distorted and even gaping vagina.
Scars – May appear to be worse during the first six months of healing. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for thigh lift scars to become quite thick and dark – keloid scar formation is not uncommon. Very occasionally, a scar revision surgery is required.
Circulation– Circulation may be poor in some areas of the skin around the surgical area. This may lead to a loss of skin and a wound that needs to be dressed until healed.
Seromas– A seroma is where fluid builds up under the wound. If this occurs, it may need to be drained with a needle. It is not uncommon to develop seromas after thigh lift surgery.
In patients experiencing significant amounts of excess skin, Thigh Lift surgery may be partially covered by Medicare and your health insurance. Dr Eddy Dona will advise whether this applies to you during your initial consultation.
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