Inner Thigh Lift versus Liposuction
An inner thigh lift will remove loose skin and lift the remaining skin. Liposuction will reduce fat volume, but may worsen the appearance of your inner thighs if your primary problem is skin laxity. If your problem involves loose skin with poor tone, lift will be best. If your problem is excess fat, then liposuction is most appropriate. If your problem is both loose skin and excess fat, you may attempt inner thigh lift with liposuction.
The Best Candidates for Inner Thigh Lift
To be a good candidate for inner thigh lift, you must have realistic expectations about what this cosmetic surgery procedure can do for you.
It's important to understand that inner thigh lift can enhance your appearance and self confidence, but it won't necessarily change your looks to match your ideal or cause other people to treat you differently. Before you decide to have cosmetic surgery, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with plastic surgeon.
The best candidates for inner thigh lift are those who loose excess inner thigh skin. You should be physically healthy, psychologically stable and realistic in your expectations. Your age is not a major consideration. The best time to consider inner thigh lift is after you have stabilized your weight through diet and exercise.
Preparation for Inner Thigh Lift
Pharmaceuticals containing acetylsalicylic acid (Acylpirin, Aspirin, and Anopyrin etc.) should not be used for 3 weeks before the surgery, as they decrease clotting time of blood. In case you are a smoker you are advised to stop smoking or at least to cut down on cigarettes. Smoking slows down recovery process and it can also increase a risk or complications.
Before the surgery plastic surgeon will mark the areas where the surgery will be performed. The incision for this procedure begins somewhere in the front groin and proceeds around your inner thigh onto your buttocks. If your inner thigh skin sagginess is excessive, a vertical wedge of skin can also be removed along the inner thigh, this way horizontal and vertical skin tightening is allowed. The vertical excision also leaves a vertical scar extending from the inner groin down toward the inner knee. The vertical wedge excision is an infrequently performed part of thigh lifts.
The plastic surgeon usually uses classical stitches, which need to be removed in 21 days after the surgery. After 2 weeks, you patient can return to everyday activities, avoiding strong physical efforts. In 4 weeks you may slowly resume exercise. Any bruising and swelling will usually dissipate within 1–2 months.
Your newly tightened inner thigh skin will loosen slowly in response to gravity. In 10 years, you might need another inner thigh lift. If you lose weight, your skin may become lax, and you may be ready for another lift sooner.
Bruising or inflammation of the treated area is common, but this will disappear over time. Final result is seen after your scars have matured, approximately 6 months.
How will I feel after the surgery?
You will probably feel tired, sleepy and suffer from pain especially in 1–3 days after the surgery. You will be given some painkillers and tablets for reducing the swelling. The surgeon will also prescribe antibiotics as a prevention of any potential infection.
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