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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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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.

From the welcome I got on my first visit to post op consultations, the team were very friendly. Mr Banwell is undoubtedly the most professional and caring surgeon I could wish for. I have felt completely confident in his expertise, and am thrilled with the results. I would not hesitate – and indeed have – recommended him.

Helen F.

Mr Banwell’s care of my daughter was excellent – he is a great communicator with children. The hospital staff was very helpful and efficient. The surgery is very neat with minimal scarring – I’m sure it will make a big difference to her life as she grows up.

Elena W.

Thank you so much to you and your team for all that you have done for me, it is greatly appreciated.

Sarah Z.

I read about Mr Banwell on the internet and after speaking to him on the telephone, when he explained how he would help, I felt confident that I had found a solution. Mr Banwell gave my daughter a course of epiduo and this made an improvement quite quickly. He then suggested a course of Tetralysal and this has now completely transformed her skin. She is acne free.

Zoe B.

I was made to feel at ease with everything. Nothing was too much, lots of care and thought. Pain was very minimal. Lots of follow up care which was first class. I got exactly what I wanted, I have a lovely new look which I could not achieve on my own. If something is bothering you and you can not get to your goal there is help. I had an excellent experience.

Margaret S.

Now that I have been ‘signed off’ I just want to thank you so much for all your care, expertise and advice. I am so happy with the result of my surgery; it has bought back a confidence which I had lost, and enabled me to wear clothes which previously wouldn’t have suited me. I will know where to come if I decide I need anything else improved!

Catriona S.


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