Procedure Lax inner thighs can be caused by ageing or weight loss. Cosmetic concerns or problems with chafing can be addressed with a thigh lift which improves the shape and contour. The operation removes excess skin, fat, stretchmarks and scars from the inner thighs. This can be combined with liposuction.
I don’t use drains routinely. The wounds are repaired with sutures under the skin which don’t require removal and dissolve within four months. A support garment following surgery is recommended.
Scars 10 – 30cm in the upper inner thighs going downwards. Sometimes a transverse scar in the groin crease or a “T” or “L”–shaped scar is used
Operation time 1.5 hours
Anaesthesia General > (Local)
Hospital Stay Day Surgery
Benefits Cosmetic, Psychological, Functional, Symptomatic
Risks Bleeding, Infection, Scar problems (stretched, thick, abnormal pigmentation, red, retracted etc.), Skin discoloration, Skin cones, Wound separation, Tourniquet effect, Slough, Necrosis, Pain, Nerve injury (Numbness, weakness, paralysis), Bruising, Swelling, Overcorrection, Undercorrection, Asymmetry, Remaining stretch marks, Recurrent redundancy, Cosmetic imperfections (higher risk after subsequent weight changes), Seroma, Lymphocele, Lymphoedema, Compartment syndrome, Reduced hip or knee mobility, Contour irregularities, Need for further surgery, Allergic reaction, (General anaesthetic: Chest infection, Heart attack, Stroke, Blood clots in legs & lungs)
N.B. Most complications are unlikely and serious risks are rare
Risk factors Smoking / contraception / flights within 6 weeks of surgery, overweight, high blood pressure, bleeding tendency, diabetes, poor hygiene
Optimising factors Diet rich in Vitamin C and protein, plenty of fluids, fresh air, scar massage, sun protection, support garments
Discomfort 1 – 2 weeks
Bruising 2 – 3 weeks
Recovery Light activities 2 weeks, Driving 3 weeks, Physical work / sports / sex 6 weeks, Unrestricted 3 months
Acceptable appearance 2 – 4 weeks for most patients (This is subjective)
Final result 6 –18 months
Alternatives No Surgery, Garments, Weight loss, Liposuction

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