Losing weight is great for your health and self-esteem, but significant weight loss can sometimes leave behind sagging skin. Thigh lift is a procedure designed to remove excess skin from your legs, making them appear tighter and smoother. It is sometimes combined with liposuction but can be done alone.
During a thigh lift, an incision is made either in the crease of the groin area or hidden beneath the bikini lines. Dr. Chin then trims away excess skin and tissue. He repositions and tightens the skin before stitching it back into place. Thigh lift is performed under general anesthesia.
Some pain and swelling are to be expected after surgery. Pain medications can help to provide relief. Patients will need to refrain from driving and other activities for a couple of weeks following a thigh lift. Most patients can return to work in approximately two weeks. More strenuous activities may be resumed in about a month.
Like any surgical procedure, there are some risks that accompany thigh lifts. Patients may experience significant scarring that may spread and form a thick band. Loss of sensation in the area is also possible but usually temporary. Bleeding, infection, and adverse anesthesia reaction are possible complications of most surgical procedures. Following Dr. Chin’s instructions can help you reduce your risks.