Cosmetic thigh surgery results in a smoother and better-proportioned contour of the thigh — this procedure removes excess fat and wrinkled, sagging skin from the inner thighs. This procedure can be performed under local anesthetic for many patients.
During the consultation, you should be prepared to discuss your comprehensive medical history. Relevant information includes current and previous medical conditions, drug allergies, previous medical treatments, pregnancy history and current medications. Your surgeon’s recommendation is based largely on the complete and accurate information you provide during this initial visit.
You can expect your surgeon will examine your body and photographs and measurements will be taken for your medical record. Your surgeon will consider factors such as the size and shape of your thighs as well as the elasticity of your skin.
Your current weight, along with your plans to gain or lose weight in the future are both factors in evaluating you for thighplasty. Your Plastic Surgical Arts surgeon may recommend that you stabilize your weight prior to undergoing surgery.
The thigh reduction surgery may be performed at either the Lincoln Surgical Hospital or Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center. Local anesthesia and intravenous sedation are used most commonly used for patients undergoing the thighplasty procedure. The use of monitors during the surgery is imperative to check your vitals and oxygen levels throughout the procedure.
Once the surgery is completed, you will be required to remain in the recovery area where you will continue to be closely monitored. You should expect to have your thigh region either wrapped in gauze dressings or in a garment. In most cases, patients are released after a few hours, although some patients may stay overnight in the hospital or surgical facility.
Do not submerge the incisions in water until they are completely healed; this includes a bathtub, Jacuzzi and swimming pool. A shower may be taken the morning after the surgery, and we encourage you to have someone available for assistance if needed. Please keep your dressings clean and dry and it is okay to change them as often as necessary.
The results of aesthetic thigh surgery are long lasting; however, the results may be affected by your heredity and lifestyle factors. At some point the skin laxity, along the fine wrinkling of the thigh area may return, as the skin will continue to age. The loss of muscle tone can cause additional fine wrinkling of skin in the upper thigh region.
Even though the aging process continues, patients are generally happy with their appearance for many years following aesthetic thigh reduction surgery. Some patients find that they may want to make additional improvements at a later time.