Thigh Lift

Thigh lift (Thighplasty)

Liposuction may be a poor option for a patient with significant excess thigh skin. Because liposuction can exacerbate descent of thigh and buttock tissues, a thigh lift may be the preferred contouring procedure. A thigh lift can be designed to address the inner or the outer thighs and buttocks. Sutures will be placed during the procedure to help hold the fallen tissues in a lifted fashion.

Thigh lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia and is a well-suited procedure for an accredited outpatient SurgiCenter. In patients with more extensive surgical needs or with significant medical problems, the procedure will be performed in the hospital. Thighplasty involves incisions that hide within the underwear or within the groin crease depending on the area of the thigh being addressed. The thigh and buttock tissues are lifted and supported in this procedure to help reduce scarring and distortion. In patients with some fat deposits, the procedure can be combined with liposuction.

Recovery following a thigh lift varies with each patient. However, most patients are able to resume most normal activities within one to two weeks after surgery. Elastic garments and massage are used to help control swelling after the surgery. Thigh lift scars will undergo a period of maturation that typically lasts a year or more.

Some of the potential postoperative complications associated with thigh lift surgery are poor scarring, scar migration, wound healing problems, infection, blood or fluid collection, asymmetry, recurrent thigh descent and nerve damage. Smokers should be aware that smoking is not allowed for four weeks before and four weeks after surgery. The risks of skin loss and wound healing problems increase with tobacco use. The risks of certain complications can be reduced by following Dr. McKane's advice on care during the healing process.

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DR. BRICE W. MCKANE

Texas Plastic Surgery Associates

7777 Forest Lane, Suite C-504
Dallas, TX 75230

Office:  972-566-3939
Fax:      972-566-3999