Medial Thigh Lift

If you have loose skin on your upper thighs or lower buttocks, you’re not alone. Excess skin on the thighs is often created after significant weight loss. After the fat melts away, many areas of the body can be left with excessive amounts of skin, causing discomfort in clothing and a poor self-image.

For those struggling with the look of their legs, thigh lift can tighten sagging or wrinkled skin and create smoother, more youthful-looking thighs. During surgery, loose skin and fat from the inner thighs, outer thighs or both will be removed. It is considered and outpatient procedure.

Reasons to Consider a Thigh Lift:

The effects of time, gravity and a great amount of weight loss can result in loose, flabby skin on inner or outer thighs.

What I Need to Know:

A thigh lift can remove skin that has lost elasticity and improve the overall appearance of the inner and outer thigh area. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia and usually takes about 2 hours. An incision is made in the groin area beneath the bikini line and some of the thigh skin is removed. Then tissue below the incision area is loosened and after the skin is pulled up and tightened, the incision is closed with sutures.

Deep stitches are also used to secure the skin below and prevent sagging as the incision heals. Occasionally drains are placed inside the incision site to help collect excess residual fluid that can build up after surgery. If used, they are usually removed after just a few days.

What to Expect After Surgery?

For the first 14 days you should only take on light activities. You should expect
bruising, soreness, swelling, numbness and tightness in your thighs. A compression dressing will be applied to thighs to reduce swelling, minimize bruising and aids recovery. Most of the swelling should be gone by six weeks after surgery. Pain medication, prescribed by the surgeon, will help control the discomfort during your recovery period. Instructions for home care will be given at your pre-op appointment.

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1. If you are a smoker, you should stop completely. This will help to avoid respiratory complications and to improve circulation to the surgical areas.

2. Abstain from taking aspirin, aspirin containing products, or any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents for at least 2 weeks prior to surgery.

3. Avoid alcoholic beverages for at least 24 hours prior to your surgery.

4. Do not eat or drink after midnight the day of your surgery. If you must take medications on the day of surgery, you may take them with a small sip of water.

5. You will not be allowed to drive yourself home after surgery. Please make arrangements for a family member or friend to pick you up.

6. Do not apply any body lotions, creams, antiperspirants, hair treatments, or make up on the day of surgery.

Abstain from taking aspirin, aspirin containing products, or any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agent for at least 2 weeks following your surgery.

You will be prescribed pain medications and antibiotics. You should plan to gradually decrease your intake of pain medications to avoid nausea or constipation.

Antibiotics will be required until the drains are removed unless otherwise advised by your doctor.

If you are a smoker, you should abstain from smoking immediately. This will help to avoid respiratory complications and improve circulation to the surgical areas.

Avoid alcoholic beverages until advised by your doctor.

Drink at least 8 glasses of water for the first 3 days.

We recommend you consume only liquids the evening after your surgery. You may then slowly advance your diet the following day to soft and bland foods i.e. mashed potatoes, over-cooked pasta, eggs, etc. It is suggested to stay away from dairy products for 3-4 days.

The evening after surgery, you will be advised to remain in bed. A Foley catheter will be in place as will a device for leg compression.

During the first several days, you will feel more comfortable resting and sleeping with your waist flexed (back and head elevated) and your legs apart.

To assist with this, we recommend you rest and sleep on a recliner with a pillow between your legs or pillows underneath and between your knees and behind your back.

The day following surgery you will be allowed to get out of bed and walk only with assistance.

Walking is important to help with leg circulation and should be increased gradually each day as tolerated.

Do not lift anything heavier than a gallon of milk for the first week. You may then lift as much as 20 pounds for the next 5 weeks. After six weeks, you may engage in vigorous activities, sex, and exercise as tolerated.

You may climb stairs during the first week as necessary with assistance. Do not use stairs as a form of exercise during the first week.

Deep breathing and coughing is encouraged. Holding a pillow firmly against your abdomen may help reduce discomfort.

You will not be allowed to drive until advised by your doctor.

You may have drains coming from each arm. Please measure and empty the drains and record the time and date. If drainage is more that 50ml per hour please notify the doctor or 911 immediately.

You will be instructed to record the drainage from each drain in the 24 hours prior to your first follow up visit.

Drainage usually decreases gradually each day. It is not unusual to have a small amount of drainage around the drain sites or your incision.

The drains will be removed when drainage slows. The amount of time varies from patient to patient. It may stay in for several weeks depending on the output.

If the drain comes out by accident please notify us immediately.

You will be allowed to shower 2 days following surgery. It is permitted for soap and water to come in contact with your incisions and drains. It is not permitted to immerse yourself in a tub or pool until advised by your doctor.

Somebody may assist you in holding the drains, and our staff will instruct you how to support the drains while showering.

Sleeping on a towel for the first few days may help prevent soilage of your bedding as a result of normal oozing from your incisions.

Do not apply any body lotions, creams, vitamin K, or other skin treatments to your incisions until advised by the doctor.

Bruising, Oozing, Swelling, Emotional ups and downs, Numbness, Itching, and Discomfort