While some areas of the body – such as the calves and forearms – can expand and contract with body weight changes and never show signs of skin excess, others – such as the upper thigh and upper arm – are not so kind.
The upper thigh is often one of the first areas to show a decrease in skin elasticity with either age or weight loss. This extra skin can be both emotionally distressing and physically painful to individuals whose thighs may rub together while walking. A medial thigh lift corrects this problem by lifting and removing extra skin in the upper thigh area.
A thigh lift is a procedure that removes excess skin in the upper thigh area, with incisions typically hidden in the groin area. As a result, the contour of the leg is significantly improved, as the hanging sheets of excess skin are no longer present.
Depending on a patient’s skin condition, a thigh lift may not be necessary, and Dr. Mosser may determine that liposuction is a better choice for areas that possess excess fat but excellent skin elasticity.
Thigh Lift Basics
A medial thigh lift is designed for individuals with excess skin in the upper thigh area, and whose leg shape cannot be changed by diet or exercise alone. Patients may be dissatisfied with their leg shape in general, or have just completed a large amount of weight loss.
The procedure may also be combined with liposuction to remove any excess fat. The result is a leg with smoother skin and a thinner, firmer appearance. Formally known as a medial thigh lift, the procedure involves removing excess skin located in the upper thigh area.
In this section, you will discover:
- What you can realistically expect from a medial thigh lift.
- Whether you’re a candidate for a medial thigh lift.
- How a medial thigh lift is performed.
Once you’ve reviewed the benefits and details associated with a thigh lift, you’ll want to set up a consultation visit with Dr. Mosser in his San Francisco plastic surgery office to discuss your specific goals.
In this relaxed environment, he will be able to explain to you:
- Whether or not a thigh lift makes sense for you.
- The alternatives for meeting your specific goals.
- The step-by-step procedure that you will undergo.
- The outcome you can reasonably expect along with risks and possible complications of a medial thigh lift.
The Best Candidates for a Thigh Lift
A medial thigh lift can be performed conveniently for anyone in the Bay area. A thigh lift is best suited to those who are healthy and possess an excess amount of skin. In arriving at realistic goals for your thigh lift surgery, you should also take into account several key questions:
- Is your weight stable?
- Are you committed to a healthy lifestyle?
- Have you recently had dental surgery?
- Do you have diabetes?
- Do you suffer from cardiovascular disease or high blood pressure?
- Do you have an under-active or over-active thyroid?
- Do you suffer from Graves’ disease?
- Are you a nonsmoker?
- Do you have any medical conditions that could impair healing from surgery?
- Are you committed to proper nutrition and a healthy lifestyle, including moderate amounts of physical exercise?
- Can you fully disclose your health history to Dr. Mosser, including current medications, your use of vitamin and herbal supplements, as well as your use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs?
Surgery Specifics—What You Can Expect from a Thigh Lift
Dr. Mosser performs thigh lifts in several locations in San Francisco. Plastic surgery procedures may be scheduled for his office at 450 Sutter in Union Square, as well as California Pacific Medical Center, and St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco.
The specific surgery you will undergo depends on the unique characteristics of your body, realistic goals that you and Dr. Mosser have agreed on, and the specific conditions you want to correct.
For those undergoing a thigh lift, Dr. Mosser reduces the amount of skin and fat in the upper thighs by using a safe and reliable technique with a small incision placed in the groin that extends downward and wraps around the back of the thigh. Depending on your body and condition, you may only need an incision in the groin area.
Incisions can be hidden by clothing and most swimsuits. After making the incisions, Dr. Mosser removes the excess skin, producing a tighter, firmer appearance and thighs that are proportionate to the rest of the body.
Some patients may combine liposuction with a thigh lift so as to remove excess fat in addition to excess skin to produce the smoothest contour possible.
Post Thigh Lift Recuperation
Immediately following thigh lift surgery, you will be wrapped in bandages and compression garments to reduce swelling. Before you are released, Dr. Mosser will explain:
- How to care for your thighs.
- Medications to take orally in order to reduce pain and the risk of infection.
- How to monitor the surgical site for specific problems.
You may be groggy for the first day or two from the anesthetic and/or pain medications. You should lightly walk around as soon as possible to reduce the risk of blood clots. Dr. Mosser usually uses dissolving stitches, and stitches on the surface may take a week or so to dissolve, although deeper stitches may remain for two to three weeks.
Your thighs will become swollen immediately after your procedure, with most swelling gone in a few weeks although a slight amount may remain for several months. Expect to take antibiotics to prevent infection. You can return to work within two weeks after approval by Dr. Mosser.
You should not participate in any strenuous physical activity for at least one month and should always first be cleared by Dr. Mosser.