Thigh Lift Surgery in Michigan
A thigh lift is the surgical correction of excess skin to the thighs. Over time, with weight loss or even during normal development, excess skin to the thighs can develop compelling women to seek correction.
What are the incisions used in surgery?
The traditional approach to a thigh lift involves removing excess skin around the thigh along its length, which extends from the knee to the groin. The scar is placed along the inside of the thigh so that it’s well concealed. In time, many patients have scars that blend and fade beautifully but sometimes the scar can remain red for months and even widen; this potential drawback, however, is more than worth it for the patient who can now fit normally into their clothes!
What type of anesthesia is used?
A thigh lift is usually performed with general anesthesia. The procedure is performed as an outpatient or sometimes, as an overnight stay.
Can other procedures be performed with surgery?
Patients often have multiple procedures at the same time. The most common include tummy tucks (abdominoplasty), a buttocks lift and/or liposuction. Often times, excess skin from the inner thigh is removed after a lower body/buttocks lift has already been performed, since excess skin usually involves removal in both a vertical and horizontal fashion and, therefore, separate or staged, procedures are advised. This saves both time and money since costs are often reduced when multiple procedures are combined. Ask Dr. Kayser about your options as each patient is unique and expectations will vary upon each patient’s circumstances.
What can I expect after surgery?
Most patients in my practice feel that thigh lift was less traumatic than they expected and many patients stop taking their narcotic pain medication a day or two after surgery. The procedure is out-patient, which means you can go home the same day. The incisions are closed with dissolvable stitches and sealed with glue on the outside so there are no sutures to remove and patients can shower the very next day. Drains are usually placed but are removed the next day. Most of the swelling is resolved in about 4-6 weeks after surgery and patients are encouraged to wear a support garment for about 4-6 weeks, after which, there are no restrictions at all. Follow up is very important and patients are encouraged to return to the office within the week, at six weeks, six months and a year. This allows Dr. Kayser to not only address any concerns that a patient may have but also make sure that both short and long term progress has been up to his high standards.