Thighs are one of the most stubborn areas to move fat and lose weight and are one of the most commonly affected areas for excess and loose skin after massive weight loss. On top of this, they’re one of the most prone areas to cellulite in the human body. This is where the thigh lift comes in. While liposuction used to be the go to option for optimally aesthetic thighs, the thigh lift has overtaken it due to its ability to more effectively tighten the skin around the thigh.
If you come to Géniale for a thigh lift procedure you’ll be in the incredible hands of Dr. Bill Lyon. An Australian born and trained cosmetic surgeon, he has trained at Flinders University, undertaken extensive surgical training throughout both Australia and England, won numerous prizes and scholarships for both clinic and research work, and has numerous publications in international peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Lyon has also travelled to both Rwanda and Fiji as a part of the Open Heart International humanitarian agency. Dr Lyon’s gentle and caring approach will provide you with an honest opinion regarding your suitability for a thigh lift, with your safety and wellbeing at the core of every decision.
DO I NEED A CONSULTATION FIRST?
Here at Géniale, we will take the time to discuss a holistic approach to your goals for reshaping your body. A preliminary consultation is encouraged so you can get to know our team, and so that our resident thigh lift specialist can assess the proportions of your entire body, not only your thighs, to ensure your results are as natural as possible. We also encourage consultations so you can learn more about alternative procedures that may be better suited to your goals.
HOW IS THE TREATMENT CARRIED OUT?
There are a few different thigh lift procedures – the inner thigh lift, the outer thigh lift, and a lateral thigh lift. While these procedures all differ slightly to one another, the basic idea of a thigh lift is to remove excess fat and skin through an incision on the inside (medial) of the thigh. Because the thigh is a cylinder, tightening the skin in the medial side of the thigh will tighten the skin all the way around the thigh. A medial thigh lift is usually combined with liposuction to remove more fat and further improve the contour of the thighs. A circumferential body lift will also help lift the skin on the thighs, however this is limited and quite often a thigh lift will also be required as a separate procedure. It depends on how much excess, loose skin the patient has and where it is as to which thigh lift will be required. Each type involves incisions and subsequent scars being located in a different position. In some cases, both an inner and outer thigh lift will be required.
While all of our surgeons are highly trained to ensure that any undesirable side effects are minimal, there are
still inherent risks associated with this procedure. These include:
Anaesthesic risks – Poor wound healing – Bleeding
Fluid accumulation (seroma)
Major wound separation
Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
Fatty tissue under the skin might die (fat necrosis)
Skin discoloration and/or swelling
Skin loss – Sutures may spontaneously surface through the skin that require removal. These can become visible or create some discomfort
Numbness or other changes in skin
Is it right for me?
We understand how difficult the decision is to undergo any medical procedure. During your preliminary consultation we will assess your suitability for a thigh lift procedure and discuss with you how best to achieve your desired result. During this time we will assess your goals and if we believe an alternative procedure may be better suited to you we will let you know what options you have. Most surgeons advise that a patient must have achieved a stable and satisfactory weight for at least 6 – 12 months before having a thigh lift. This avoids having to have a second thigh lift in the case the patient loses more weight after the procedure.
How long is the recovery time?
Surgery on the thighs involves very minimal movement and physical activity for at least a few days after the procedure. This movement is then slowly and gradually introduced over the days and weeks post-procedure. Some discomfort is expected, however prescribed medication should help minimise any pain. At least 2 weeks off work is required with normal routine only advised after 6 – 8 weeks. This recovery process will be discussed with you prior to your procedure.
Will there be any scarring?
While our Géniale team are highly trained to reduce both bruising and scarring, these are a natural side effect of this procedure. The location of these scars is dependent on your goals and where the thigh lift can most effectively be performed from. Dr Lyon takes every effort to ensure thigh lift scars are as minimal as possible.
Will I need anaesthetic?
General anaesthesia is a requirement for a thigh lift procedure. While the risks of modern anaesthetic are low they are still present. The doctor will discuss these with you prior to the procedure.
Will other medications affect results?
Our Géniale doctors will enquire into any medications you are taking during your consultation. Depending on the medication these may need to be halted leading up to the surgery.
How long does the procedure take?
A thigh lift procedure generally takes between 2-3 hours, however this varies on a case by case basis.