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Inner Thigh Lift
For people who have lost a lot of weight or those who have sagging skin on their thighs because of aging, the plastic surgeons at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland, can do an inner thigh lift. A thigh lift offers a more toned and taut appearance. Liposuction can be done at the same time if excess fat needs to be removed from the area as well.
What to expect during thigh lift surgery
The procedure is an outpatient procedure, which takes up to two to three hours. You will be given general anesthesia or “twilight” sedation. Your plastics surgeon will make an incision at the junction of the inner thigh and the pubic area so that excess skin and fat can be removed and the remaining skin tightened. You will have two drainage tubes in place and these will be removed one to two weeks after surgery. These are needed to remove excess fluid that your body produces in response to surgery.
Recovery from thigh lift surgery
The plastic surgeon will prescribe pain medication for a few days after the procedure is done. Swelling should begin to disappear in a matter of weeks and resolve completely in a few months. You should consult with your surgeon about how long you will need to take off work; it is likely to be at least a week but will depend on the nature of your work. The plastic surgeon will advise you to refrain from strenuous activity, including running and other types of exercise, for four to six weeks. You may also need to wear a compression garment for up to six weeks.
You will have scars though the initial redness of the scars will begin to fade after two to three months, leaving much less visible white lines. Scars are generally well hidden by clothing. Therapies, such as laser, may minimize the visibility of scars.