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Thigh Lift

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Thigh lift (thighplasty) is a cosmetic procedure that enhances thigh contours by removing excess fat and sagging skin. Ideal for those who have lost considerable weight, full results are typically seen after six months.

What is Thighplasty?

Thigh lift, also referred to as thighplasty, is a cosmetic surgical procedure specifically designed to address concerns related to excess skin and fat in the thigh area. By skillfully removing these unwanted elements, the surgery effectively sculpts and contours the thighs, providing patients with a more refined and aesthetically pleasing appearance. Moreover, apart from the cosmetic benefits, this procedure also brings relief from discomfort and irritation caused by the friction between the thighs during movement. Through the process of thigh lift surgery, individuals can achieve smoother and more proportionate thighs, enhancing their overall body shape and boosting self-confidence. Additionally, the elimination of excess skin and fat not only improves the aesthetic appeal but also alleviates physical discomfort, making everyday activities more enjoyable and comfortable.

Who can get a thighplasty done?

Thigh lift surgery candidacy requirements:

  • Non-smoker.
  • Well-managed underlying medical conditions (e.g., diabetes) or no complicating conditions for recovery.
  • Maintained goal weight for a year with no plans for significant further weight loss.

The evaluation process, conducted by a skilled surgeon, involves a thorough assessment of your overall health and medical history to ensure that you meet the necessary criteria for a successful thigh lift surgery.

How is thigh lift procedure done?

Thigh lift surgery comprises the following procedural steps:

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· Step 1 - Anaesthesia

To ensure your comfort during the surgery, appropriate medications are administered. The anaesthesia options include intravenous sedation or general anaesthesia, depending on your doctor's recommendation.

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· Step 2 - The incision

The incision patterns vary based on the targeted areas, the degree of correction required, and the preferences of both the patient and the surgeon. There are different techniques used for specific types of thigh lifts:

Inner thigh lift: Incisions are made in the groin area, extending downward and wrapping around the back of the thigh. Another technique involves removing excess skin from the groin down to the knee, using an incision along the inseam. Some patients may qualify for a minimal incision inner thigh lift, where the incision is limited to the groin area.

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Medial thigh lift: Incisions are made along the inner aspect of the thighs.

Outer thigh lift: Improving the contours of the outer thigh may require an incision extending from the groin around the hip and across the back. Advanced techniques aim to place incisions strategically, where they can be concealed by clothing and swimsuits, although they may be extensive.

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· Step 3 - Closing the incisions

Deep sutures within the underlying tissues support and shape the newly contoured area. The skin incisions are closed using sutures, skin adhesive tapes, or clips.

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· Step 4 - See the results

Following the thigh lift, the smoother and tighter contours become noticeable almost immediately, although swelling and bruising may initially obscure the full results. Over time, as the healing process progresses, patients can fully appreciate the improved appearance achieved through the thigh lift surgery.

How is thigh lift surgery beneficial?

Advantages of undergoing a thigh lift procedure encompass:

  • Improved smoothness of the thighs, resulting in a more appealing and refined appearance.
  • Reshaping of the thighs, allowing for a more balanced and proportionate contour.
  • Decreased visibility of stretch marks, contributing to a smoother and more even skin texture.
  • Alleviation of friction rashes, providing relief from discomfort and irritation caused by skin rubbing together.
  • Firmer muscles in the thigh area, enhancing overall tone and definition.
  • Reduction in sagging skin, which can result in a more youthful and tightened appearance.
  • Heightened self-assurance and confidence in one's appearance, leading to a positive impact on overall well-being.

How much does thigh lift surgery cost?

The cost of thigh lift surgery in India typically varies between Rs. 70,000 to Rs. 1,50,000, contingent upon factors such as the specific treatment needs, the location of the city, the complexity of the surgical procedure, and the level of expertise possessed by the surgeons involved.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1.Is a thigh lift a suitable option for weight loss?

No, a thigh lift is not a weight loss procedure. It is designed to address excess skin and fat in the thigh area and reshape the thighs for a more contoured appearance. Individuals should be close to their goal weight before considering this surgery.

The recovery period varies from person to person but generally, patients can expect to resume light activities within a few weeks and more strenuous activities after about 6 weeks. Complete recovery may take several months for the swelling to fully subside and the results to become apparent.

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks involved. Some potential risks of thigh lift surgery include infection, scarring, blood clots, and adverse reactions to anaesthesia. Choosing a qualified and experienced surgeon can minimize these risks.

Yes, a thigh lift can be combined with other procedures like liposuction or tummy tuck to achieve more comprehensive body contouring results. However, the decision to combine surgeries should be made after a thorough consultation with your surgeon.

While a thigh lift can provide long-lasting results, it does not stop the natural aging process or prevent future weight fluctuations. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise and a balanced diet, can help preserve the results over time.