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THIGH REDUCTION/LIFT

Removal of redundant skin and fat arising from significant weight loss, or increasing skin laxity is also possible on the lower limb as well as the arms. However, altering the shape of the inner thighs by liposuction alone may not be enough to improve their appearance. If there is excessive skin as well as fat, removal of this in a vertical and sometimes horizontal direction can improve the appearance of the upper leg significantly. The operation leaves a vertical or "T" shaped scar hidden on the inner thigh. Some patients develop minor problems such as delayed wound healing or an infection which can be treated with antibiotics and dressings. Aftercare and follow up are similar to arm reduction although you may be required to wear a compression garment for several weeks following the surgery, to reduce the degree of swelling in the legs following surgery. Thigh reduction/lift is one of the procedures which maybe appropriate following bariatric surgery or massive weight loss.

The surgery

The operation is performed under general anaesthesia. Surgery involves excision of the excess skin on the inner aspect of the thigh leaving a scar that runs from near the knee to the groin and sometimes there is a horizontal component to this leaving an oblique T shaped scar. The skin is closed with dissolvable stitches and dressings applied. Usually these scars settle down very well and are relatively inconspicuous on the inside of the leg.

Aftercare and follow-up

There is swelling and bruising of the legs which can extend below the knee due to gravity. The wounds are examined at the end of the first week and patients are encouraged to massage the scars to help them soften and fade. Surgery can affect the normal circulation of fluid within the leg and for this reason you will be asked to wear binding stockings on the legs for a period of six weeks after surgery. Most patients are able to carry out light activities after a week and are able to return to work ( type dependant) within a fortnight of their surgery.

Possible complications

Like all operations this procedure can have complications such as bleeding, haematoma formation (blood clot underneath the skin), infection, a visible scar, asymmetry (difference between left and right) and altered sensation. A small percentage of patients (normally less than 5%) may require a revision procedure to improve the scar.

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

FACTS AT A GLANCE

SURGERY TIME
2-2½ hours

HOSPITAL STAY
1 night

ANAESTHETIC ASSESSMENT
Possibly

PRE ADMISSION TESTS
Yes

REASONABLY MOBILE
3-4 days with reduced activity

WASHING
Shower after 1 day

DRIVING
2-3 weeks

SPORT & EXERCISE
4-6 weeks, contact sport 8 weeks

SEXUAL ACTIVITY
4 weeks

FULL RECOVERY
6-8 weeks

TIME OFF WORK
2-4 weeks

GARMENTS
Yes