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Thigh Lift (Thighplasty)

A loss of elasticity in the connective tissue, or severe weight loss, can cause an undesirable accumulation of excess skin on the upper thigh that hangs down when the leg is raised, or when standing up. This can be removed during an thigh lift surgery or thighplasty. Depending on the extent of the clinical findings, the tightening can be performed using liposuction. Surgical removal of excess skin is frequently required after prolonged weight loss.

Before the operation

The patient should stop taking any medication containing acetylsalicylic acid (e.g. aspirin, ASS etc.) for a period of approximately 14 days before the operation, as these can prevent blood coagulation. The patient should also try to avoid alcohol, cigarettes and sleeping pills wherever possible. Nicotine can reduce blood flow to the organs and delay wound healing. Patients should therefore abstain from nicotine for two weeks before the operation and during the wound healing phase.

The thigh lift surgery

The thigh lift surgery is usually performed under local anaesthetic with twilight sleep, or under general anaesthetic if the clinical findings are more extensive. Thigh lift surgery often includes liposuction with two to three small incisions (in the groin and inside the upper thigh). In the case of pronounced excess skin, the loose skin is removed on the inside of the upper thigh, thereby tightening it. A spindle-like incision is made in the skin on the inner side of the upper thigh, and the detached piece is removed along with a section of fatty tissue. Additional incisions are occasionally made in the groin and in a t-shape across to the upper thigh. The resulting scar on the inside of the upper thigh can be covered with clothing, making it hard for others to notice.

Follow-up treatment

  • Removal of sutures and regular wound examination after the operation
  • The patient can shower with adhesive dressing in place from the day after surgery
  • Wear compression stockings for 4 weeks after the operation
  • Avoid straining the edges of the wounds (no excessive physical work, no sporting activity for 4 weeks)

Possible Complications

  • Any swelling and discolouration caused by haematoma in the operation area subsides after approximately two to three days.
  • A feeling of numbness is often felt in the treated area, but this usually subsides.
  • Lymph fluid can build up and cause swelling.
  • Lymph fluid can be removed painlessly by means of a puncture.