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Thigh Lift

One of the most common complaints I hear from my patients during body contouring consultations is the appearance of loose or baggy skin along the inner thigh resulting from massive weight loss. It occurs, on average, because the skin of the inner thigh has less elasticity than other parts of the body, such as the face. As a result, patients who lose a large amount of weight, especially gastric bypass patients or gastric balloon patients, are likely to be left with this problem. It can also occur after large amounts of liposuction/liposculpture or as part of the normal process of ageing.

If you have developed this issue and it is making you too self-conscious to wear a swimming costume, for best results, you may want to consider a cosmetic Thigh Lift procedure. In Thigh Lift plastic surgery, the excess skin along the inner thigh, be it the upper or outer part, is measured with a pinch technique and removed. The scar may be confined to the groin crease alone, extending posteriorly under the buttock crease, but it may also extend to the inner thigh. A compression garment is worn for eight weeks after a lift, to control swelling and promote healing during recovery. Massage and manual lymphatic drainage is actively encouraged after thigh lift surgery. Light activity such as walking is encouraged.

A medial, laterial or bilateral Thigh Lift can be performed alone or in combination with other body contouring procedures, such as liposuction, breast lift (mastopexy) or breast reduction. However, it is not advisable to have a Thigh Lift and tummy tuck, or a mini tummy tuck together because the skin is being pulled in opposite directions for each procedure and delays in healing could occur. Combined surgeries are very long and do potentially increase the complication rate so the decision for much bigger surgeries needs to be considered very carefully.

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Thigh Lift
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3 hours

SURGERY TIME

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2 night

HOSPITAL STAY

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Possibly

ANAESTHETIC ASSESSMENT

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Possibly

PRE ADMISSION TESTS

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Sleeping on back recommended for 4 weeks

SLEEPING POSITION

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1 day

REASONABLY MOBILE

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Shower after 2 days. Bath after 2 weeks

WASHING

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3 weeks

DRIVING

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6 - 8 weeks

EXERCISE INCLUDING GYM

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Restricted Activity after 8 weeks

SEXUAL ACTIVITY

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6 - 8 weeks

FULL RECOVERY

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2 weeks

TIME OFF WORK

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None

GARMENTS

In most cases, a curved horizontal scar can be used and placed in the groin crease after lifting. There tends to be a small amount of downward migration of the scar due to gravity, but it is usually not noticeable except in a very revealing bathing suit. If there is a very large amount of excess skin, such as the amount often seen after gastric bypass, a vertical scar along the inner thigh may be necessary as well.

Most patients are in fact good candidates for liposuction alone and will have a very satisfactory result. However, the quality of the final result depends on the ability of your skin to shrink after the fat has been removed, and in some cases there will be some residual loose skin. If you are not satisfied with the tightness of the inner thighs after liposuction, a Thigh Lift can be considered. If large amounts of loose skin are already present, then liposuction alone will probably not fulfil your needs.

Complications resulting from a Thigh Lift are very uncommon but they do occasionally occur and they must be considered before you have surgery. There are two categories of risks for a Thigh Lift: the general risks associated with all surgical procedures and the risks that are specific to a Thigh Lift.

The general risks include to the risks associated with a general anaesthesia, bleeding, infection, numbness, healing delay and scar formation. The scars may be visible in a swimming costume even if they are hidden in the groin crease because gravity causes a small amount of scar migration. Delays in healing may also occur because the closure has to be tight enough to get a good result. There may be some numbness of the thighs or legs if nerve branches are included in the skin removed. In rare instances, there may be compromise of the nerves, muscles or blood vessels because of compression due to excess swelling.

A Thigh Lift is a safe and predictable cosmetic surgery procedure, and it will also enhance the appearance of other body contouring procedures, such as Tummy Tuck and Liposuction.

The best candidate for a Thigh Lift is someone who has lost a large amount of weight and is left with loose, baggy skin along the inner thigh. Patients who have developed loose skin because of the ageing process or prior surgery such as Liposuction may also be excellent candidates. If there is an excess amount of fat in the lower part of the inner thigh or knee, it can be treated with Liposuction at the same time.

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Aubrey T.

I went to see Mr Banwell to get reassurance about the moles and blemishes which have been steadily growing since I was a young adult. 30 years ago we were not aware of the dangers of the sun and burning on holiday way an annual ritual. Thankfully we are all now aware that the sun damage can cause skin cancer and the changes in my moles mean I have a precautionary approach, particularly as older family members have had tumours removed. Paul knows exactly what he was looking for and studied each and every mole methodically. The two he highlighted for treatment were two of the least innocuous (in my opinion) which surprised me. Clearly to the trained eye they needed removal. I have since had an excision of one and due to have photo dynamic therapy treatment for the small red mark on my nose later this year. Without seeing Paul, this minor irritation would have been left and could possibly have created problems later in life. I advocate regular checks for anyone with moles and skin blemishes. The technology now is so impressive and it makes absolutely sense to take full advantage of Paul’s expertise.


Gabrielle S.

A perfect blemish free outcome!

I consider myself blessed when I came across you Mr Banwell. You performed my operation almost a year ago which I am pleased to say was a GREAT success. I am more than pleased with the results, my whole shape is so much more defined and I love it. From the first time I met you at my initial consultation, you put me at ease immediately and never pressured me at any point to undertake the operation, you also never tired of my questions and you offered me only professional sound guidance and advice. You as a surgeon I have found to be completely transparent, knowledgeable, educated beyond most surgeons (that I came across) and totally professional, your skills and attention to detail are second to none.


Susan C.

Dear Mr Banwell I am writing to thank you, Kim and the rest of the lovely staff at the McIndoe. I was very nervous when I first met you, about having surgery but realised that it was a necessary evil. I need not have been worried, as from our initial consultation to surgery to full recovery, you have all been amazing.  You have changed my life – for the first time ever I have had some photos taken of me and my children. I stand taller and feel so much happier with life. I have even started my own business. I never realised that it would have had such a profound effect – and it didn’t hurt!! Thank you again.  I wish you and your team lots of health, luck and happiness.


Pamela C.

Mr Banwell was highly recommended by a friend of a friend. She was very satisfied with results which I witnessed. I trusted what I heard and what I saw. My meetings with Mr Banwell only reassured me further. Mr Banwell offered additional discussion time pre op & several follow ups post op. His admin team were 100% helpful and efficient. His manner was approachable and accessible. I would not hesitate to recommend his professional expertise, competitive cost and charming manner. At no point did I feel judged, intimidated or overwhelmed. This was an incredibly positive experience, many thanks to Mr Banwell and the rest of the team.


Sarah P.

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