The thighs are one of the areas of the body where it is most difficult to naturally tighten skin, so many people who lose a significant amount of weight thanks to diet or exercise are often left with excess skin folds and fatty tissue. People with excess skin or fatty tissue tend to hide their thighs away under clothing such as baggy trousers or skirts. If you don’t like your thighs, like any part of your body, it can be detrimental to your mental health and cause serious medical conditions such as anxiety and depression.
A person who has made a conscious effort to lose weight should be congratulated, and Dr Dirk Kremer believes that everyone is beautiful just the way they are. However, Dr Kremer understands that excess skin or fatty tissue can make people unhappy, and that’s why a thigh lift procedure can be helpful, as it removes this excess skin to leave the thighs smooth and taut.
The thigh lift procedure
If you are considering a thigh lift, before the operation, you will meet with Dr Kremer to discuss the cosmetic procedure. During the meeting Dr Dirk Kremer will find out more about why you want a thigh lift and whether the procedure is right for you. For a thigh tightening procedure, measurements are taken to determine how much skin and fat can be removed. Once the excess skin is removed, targeted liposuction is often performed in adjacent body areas for a smooth final appearance. The skin is finally tightened with any scars hidden on the inside of the thighs.
A thigh lift procedure is usually performed under general anaesthesia and takes between two and three hours. As a result, an overnight stay in hospital is usually required.
Before the surgery
As with any operation, you should avoid drinking alcohol and smoking at least a few weeks before the surgery as alcohol can cause serious complications during the operation and lengthen the recovery process. If you are taking any medications, Dr Kremer will discuss this with you during your consultation, along with any special dietary requirements you may be required to follow. As the procedure is performed under general anaesthesia, you should arrange for someone to drive you home after the surgery, and to accompany you to your post-operative appointments until you are given the all clear to drive.
After the surgery
A thigh lift is a fairly invasive procedure, which means you’ll need a few weeks off work to fully recover; Dr Kremer will advise how much time you need to take, but please remember that everyone’s recovery process is different, so timeframes are given as a guidance.
Following the surgery, you may be prescribed pain relief to manage any discomfort you may have; you may also notice some swelling and tightness around the thigh area, which is completely normal and will usually subside within a week or two. You should also avoid too much exercise following the surgery to give your thighs time to recover fully.
It is vital you keep all dressings clean and dry during the recovery process to avoid infections. Dr Kremer will advise you when the dressings can be removed during your post-operative appointments.
Thigh lift complications
As with any plastic surgery procedure, complications can occur, but thankfully they are extremely rare. Complications that can arise during thigh lifts include excessive bleeding during the operation, loss of blood, leg swelling, infection or extreme scarring.
Book an appointment with Dr Dirk Kremer today!
Dr Kremer is a renowned London-based plastic surgeon with a wealth of cosmetic surgery experience. He was recently named as one of the best plastic surgeons in London by Tatler magazine, so you can rest easy knowing that your health is in good hands. If you’re interested in a thigh lift procedure here at Harley Street Aesthetics, please contact Dr Kremer today to book your initial consultation.