Thigh Lift & Body Lift
Plastic surgery to lift the skin: Figure correction.
A thigh lift or body lift is specialised, tailor-made cosmetic surgery. The above-mentioned procedures are available in a variety of treatments. Your plastic surgeon will assess which is the most suitable figure correction method to achieve the most beautiful results for you.
Thigh + Leg Lift
- Medial Thigh lift = inner thighs
- Thigh lift - to lift the skin on the upper legs
Thigh lift, upper leg lift, thighplasty
Thigh lift, upper leg lift, thighplasty is plastic surgery to make the contours of the thighs and upper legs more beautiful.
- A medial thigh lift: removes excess skin from the inner and front of the thighs.
- A lateral thigh lift: removes excess skin from the outer thighs.
- A medial + lateral thigh lift: removes excess skin from the outer + inner + front of the thighs.
- A thigh lift: removes excess skin from the length of the upper legs.
Bodylift following a stomach reduction
A patient who lost 75kg in weight:
- Breast lift with breast implants
- Skin lift - both arms
- Full abdominoplasty
Bodylifting is plastic surgery to correct the shape and volume of the abdomen, buttocks, thighs and breasts.
- A Lower Body Lift - Torsoplasty: corrects the abdomen, thighs, buttocks and lower back.
- An Upper Body Lift: focuses on the chest and middle of the back.
- A Total Body Lift: is a combination of both procedures.
New operating method makes surgery much safer!
A general anaesthetic is not necessary!
Advances in sedation techniques mean that extensive surgical procedures can now be performed without exposing you to the often unpleasant side-effects of a general anaesthetic. In contrast to traditional sedation methods your breathing is not controlled mechanically. You breathe and swallow while you are asleep and feel no pain whatsoever.
As a result of a new operating technique thigh lift and body contouring operations are considerably safer and less invasive than before:
- First the area to be treated is anaesthetised with a special solution.
- This means that you feel absolutely nothing during the operation.
- A light anaesthetic is sufficient to make you sleep so that you do not feel any pain.
- The solution prevents blood loss which means that the operation is less invasive.
- A few hours after the operation you are fit and well and do not suffer the often unpleasant side-effects of a general anaesthetic.
The operation lasts between 1 and 4 hours, depending on the nature of the procedure.
- Before the surgeon starts the procedure he carefully marks the skin that needs to be removed.
- The surgeon makes large incisions so that the excess skin can be removed.
- The saggy skin is carefully detached from the underlying layers of muscle and fat.
- The skin is lifted, the excess skin is removed.
- The underlying tissue is stitched in layers with dissolvable thread.
- The skin is carefully stitched with minimum tension and non-dissolving thread.
- Sometimes drains are inserted to allow any fluid to escape from the wound.
- The drains are removed after a few days.
After the operation the incisions are covered with a dressing. You will now be dressed in special elasticated clothing, for which you were previously measured. Then you are taken to the recovery room with heart monitoring equipment. An hour later you can usually be transferred to your private room.
Aftercare and recovery
After the procedure you will be given special aftercare instructions. It is important that someone comes to pick you up as you are not allowed to drive yourself after having plastic surgery. Make sure that you are not alone during the first 24 hours after your procedure.
An elastic bandage, corset or pantyhose is worn, depending on the doctor's advice, day and night for a period of between 2 to 6 weeks.The elastic pressure bandage provides support: it feels comfortable. The bandage ensures that the skin is kept smooth and tight.
- The scar must be kept dry until the stitches have been removed.
- Avoid putting the scars under any pressure.
- The external stitches are removed about 12 days after the procedure.
- You may then shower with luke warm water, but not yet take a bath.
- The subcutaneous stitches will dissolve by themselves.
- After two weeks you can resume light activities.
- It is advisable to move about - within the bounds of acceptable comfort - and remain active.
- After 6-8 weeks you can resume most sporting and other activities.
Thanks to modern sedation techniques and new operating methods complications are rare: the dangerous side-effects of deep-vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism are traditionally associated with general anaesthetic and do not apply to modern sedation techniques.
General surgical complications which can occur after any operation are: post-operative bleeding, the collection of blood under the skin, infections, sensory disturbance, a wound which refuses to heal properly or an allergic reaction. Specific complications for body contouring plastic surgery are: irregular skin surface, a wound or scar which doesn't heal properly, keloid formation, skin-discolouration, fluid retention, seroma and tissue necrosis. It is important that you stop smoking before the operation to avoid any undesirable complications.
Patients with serious health problems such as obesity, hormone imbalance or a history of steroid use, run an increased risk of skin necrosis and serious infections.
You must also take into account that the feeling in part of the skin will be temporarily altered and is often permanently reduced. Scars are often stretched as a result of the tension they experience. Scar revision can be necessary in a second phase.
Scars following a thigh lift - thighplasty or body contouring surgery:
- The position and size of the scar is different for every procedure and will be discussed with you in detail.
- The scars are positioned where they are least noticeable.
- They are carefully stitched with minimum tension.
- 12 to 18 months later the definite end result is visible.
It is important for the healing process that the scar is not put under any pressure during the first few weeks. The first 3 months following the treatment the scars will appear red and lumpy. Then they will start to settle down and look less angry. After 12 to 18 months they are fully mature. It is important that they are well-protected from the sun until this time.
The natural scar maturing process can sometimes be accelerated by using a high dosage scar oil. If necessary the surgeon will prescribe this oil and/or special vitamins for you.