A thigh lift is a relatively simple procedure that reduces excess skin and fat from both your upper and inner part of the thigh. It is usually performed by removing a crescent of both fat and skin from the upper part of your inner thigh thus creating a horizontal scar. On top of that, leg lift surgery is also done if the patient has issues with varicose veins.
Contrary to popular belief, varicose veins may not cause any pain at all. Other signs you can look for are:
- Veins that are unusually dark in color (purple or blue)
- Veins that look twisted (often looks like cords in your legs)
The most frequent causes for varicose veins include pregnancy and age. As you get older, your veins lose elasticity and consequently begin stretching.
Furthermore, the valves in your veins may become significantly weaker as you age, thus allowing the blood to flow backward in lieu of moving toward your heart. Obesity is also one of the bigger causes, and more often than not, it requires an operation of varicose veins in the legs to alleviate some of the pressure.
If you’ve gone through numerous fitness and weight loss sessions without any results, a leg lift might be a viable solution. Good candidates for this surgery are:
- Individuals who have a relatively stable weight
- Healthy individuals who aren’t undergoing strong therapy and using strong medications
- Individuals with excess skin and fat along the thigh region
- Individuals who are committed to leading a healthy lifestyle
As with most procedures, the first things you will be faced with are a couple of questions to determine your goals, expectations, and risk awareness. Our doctor might ask you the following:
- Why you want to do the procedure in the first place?
- Your expectations and desired outcome
- Your use of substances such as tobacco and drugs
- Your comprehension of potential risks and complications
The leg lift surgery is done as an outpatient procedure with the use of general anesthesia. Unlike most other procedures, this one does not start with an incision pattern as it greatly depends on the area that needs treating and the degree of correction.
There are two types of thigh lifts that aim for certain areas and cause different results – Medial and Lateral.
The medial method includes an intervention on your inner thigh whereas the Lateral method includes interventions on the outer area of your thighs. The lateral procedure is usually done to those who have lost a significant amount of weight rapidly. Medial surgery is done for aesthetic improvements such as skin tightening and improved leg contour.
The recovery process isn’t as long and tough as one would imagine. It’s recommended that you remain in a reclining or standing position for seven to ten days. It will help and speed up the healing process as well as alleviate the troubles with swelling and bruising. You can expect to return to normal daily activities within four to six months.
The results will be slightly different, depending on what type of leg lift you opt for. The important thing for you to remember is to follow the doctor’s instructions and advice in order to go through this process as painlessly and hassle-free as possible.
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