THIGH LIFT CHICAGO
Thigh lift is a procedure aimed at correcting a multitude of problems in the inner thighs, fat deposits, skin laxity, thinness of the skin, hyper-pigmentation and stretch marks.
There are two techniques for performing a thigh lift depending on the amount and the location of the excess skin.
If the excess skin is limited to the upper thigh, then a scar within the groin allows for correction of the majority of the extra skin. If the excess skin extends all the way from the inner thigh down to the knees, then a vertical scar will be required.
To correct this condition, a good preoperative evaluation and careful marking of the skin incisions are required. The skin of the inner thigh is elevated from an incision at the junction of the thigh and groin and resected as marked before the surgery. The closure of the skin is very crucial. It is done in a special way to produce lasting results and prevent downward scar migration and distortion of the vulva.
If the skin excess is more important and goes down the thigh a vertical incision is necessary. Again, careful marking allows us to have the scar invisible from the front and sometimes invisible even from the back. These scars mature quite well and we do not have problems with scar hypertrophy or keloid even with Hispanic or black patients.
A special garment is used to support the healing tissues, and need to be worn for 6 weeks.
The procedure requires anesthesia, Spinal or epidural can be done but patients have almost always asked to go to sleep for the surgery. It is done as an outpatient procedure sometimes in combination with other procedures. It is of utmost importance for the patient to ambulate the day of surgery. We will repeatedly stress the importance of ambulation as it is key for the prevention of clot formation and pulmonary emboli.
Description: 45 year old female that had undergone a gastric bypass. A medial thigh lift was performed through an incision that was limited to the fold in the groin.