Thigh Lift in Colombia
People who have experienced great weight loss can feel ecstatic with their accomplishment and they should. While parts of their body will “shrink” into a nice, healthy shape, other parts may be slower to do so, or may never do so.
In particular the skin on the arms, abdomen and thighs have a tendency to sag and droop. So, after all of the accomplishment, some people can be very disappointed with their “after” body.
For patients who have lost a significant amount of weight, the skin can sag, ripple and fold in ways that cannot be remedied except with surgery. Thigh lift in Colombia may be a good option for many women and men who find themselves in these situations. Our plastic surgeons at Premium Care understand how important it is to feel comfortable. If fat deposits and loose skin are causing you problems, they can offer their professional guidance and highly- skilled techniques to help.
Shapely legs are a feature of health, vitality and beauty. A thigh lift removes excess fat, tightens the skin and re-contours the upper leg usually with concealable scars. Thigh lifts can be combined with other procedures like liposuction or a tummy tuck. Many thigh lifts are performed on the inner thigh, but thigh lifts also can be performed on the outer thigh or included with a body lift.
Being able to wear shorts or more form fitting pants again, feeling the sun on your legs, and finding freedom of movement from unwanted fat and skin deposits can dramatically improve your quality of life.
To receive a consultation, request your appointment online or call us in Cartagena at (+57) 312 545 5569 and (+1) 305 848 1909 in United States.
Following massive weight loss, many patients find that they have poor skin tone on their thighs. This may result in severe dimpling (cellulite), transverse wrinkles, saddlebags or hanging skin. While liposuction may seem like a viable solution, it usually worsens the condition because of the lack of skin elasticity. Exercise and further weight loss are also unlikely to help. In these cases, a thigh lift in Cartagena is usually the patient’s best option.
The most common candidates for thigh lift surgery have lost large amounts of weight. In other cases, genetic predisposition may be the primary culprit. Either way, candidates for a thigh lift should be healthy. Smoking should be avoided. Better results are obtained when patients are close to their ideal weight.
One of our areas of specialization is plastic surgery following weight loss. We perform hundreds of operations on weight loss patients to contour their bodies and tighten their skin. For patients who have lost 50 pounds or more, the thigh lift is an integral part of surgically rejuvenating the lower body.
The outer and inner thighs are addressed separately with thigh lift surgery in order to conceal the incisions.
Outer thigh lift: The outer thigh lift utilizes a waistline incision that’s an extension of the tummy tuck. The scar is meant to be concealed under a typical bikini. Excess skin is removed from the upper lateral thigh, and the skin is undermined to the mid-thigh. The remaining thigh skin is then smoothed, elevated and tightened.
Inner thigh lift: The inner thigh lift incision is high up on the inner thigh, close to the leg elastic of a bikini bottom. A large ellipse of skin is removed. Remaining inner thigh skin is undermined, smoothed and tightened.
Is it right for me?
Candidates for thigh lift are
- People whose weight is relatively stable
- Individuals with excess soft tissue along the inner or medial thigh region and/or the outer thigh
- Healthy individuals who do not have medical conditions that can impair healing or increase risk of surgery
- Individuals with a positive outlook and realistic goals for what thigh lift surgery can accomplish
- Individuals committed to leading a healthy lifestyle including proper nutrition and fitness
What it won’t do:
Thigh lifts are not intended strictly for the removal of excess fat. Liposuction alone can remove excess fat deposits where skin has good elasticity and is able to naturally conform to new body contours. In cases where skin elasticity is poor, a combination of liposuction and thigh lift techniques may be recommended.
At Premium Care Plastic Surgery in Colombia we work closely with our patients to ensure the best possible results for their thigh lift surgery. If you’re interested in learning more about thigh lifts or want to meet with our plastic surgeons at Premium Care to discuss your options, request a consultation online or call our office in Cartagena at (+57) 312 545 5569 and (+1) 305 848 1909 in United States.
Your Thigh Lift Consultation at Premium Care Plastic Surgery
When you come to our Plastic Surgery Center in Cartagena for your initial consultation, your surgeon will discuss with you the status of your body and your desires for improvement. Your surgeon will also assess your skin for elasticity, provide you with complete physical examination, and evaluate your past medical history. This process is essential for establishing you as a candidate for thigh lift surgery.
Your surgeon can recommend certain steps to help you achieve optimal health for your procedure. The Premium Care Plastic Surgery team will also coordinate with your medical doctors to define the steps necessary for you to obtain medical clearance for surgery. Our team also provides access to their specialists in nutrition and exercise physiology to optimize your chances for success, and for a healthy lifestyle and more beautiful you.
Be prepared to discuss:
- Why you want the surgery, your expectations and desired outcome
- Your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
- Medical conditions, drug allergies and medical treatments
- Previous surgeries
- Use of current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, and tobacco
Your plastic surgeon will also:
- Take photographs for your medical record
- Discuss your options and recommend a course of treatment
- Discuss likely outcomes of thigh lift and any risks or potential complication
Be sure to ask questions: It’s very important to ask your plastic surgeon questions about your thigh lift procedure. It’s natural to feel some anxiety, whether it’s excitement for your anticipated new look or a bit of preoperative stress. Don’t be shy about discussing these feelings with your plastic surgeon. The entire Premium Care staff is here to support you through your journey to a new you.
Preparing for Surgery
Preparing for Your Thigh Lift Surgery in Colombia
Premium Care Plastic Surgery encourages you to take a few simple steps in preparation for your thigh lift procedure in Colombia. Following the steps presented below will make your recovery from surgery as safe, short and relaxing as possible.
Your surgeon will provide you with a list of specific steps you should take leading up to your procedure. This list might include limiting your use of certain medications, alcohol and cigarettes, and minor changes in your grooming habits. These changes are temporary but very important to your comfort and safety.
Before thigh lift surgery, you may be asked to:
- Get lab testing or a medical evaluation
- Take certain medications or adjust your current medications
- Stop smoking well in advance of surgery
- Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding
Special instructions you receive will cover:
- What to do on the day of surgery
- The use of anesthesia during your thigh lift
- Post-operative care and follow-up
- Medications and compression garments to purchase and bring with you on the day of surgery
Preparing your home before your procedure will help ensure a safe and relaxing recovery. If your procedure will impact your ability to stand or walk for long periods, or reach high places, you may want to prepare meals in advance and move kitchen items out of cupboards and onto the counter. Having a phone, medications and other necessities on a night stand or side table will keep you from having to get up and down. Having extra pillows and blankets already on your bed or couch can also keep you comfortable. If you have pets or children, you should make sure someone is available to care for them while you are recuperating.
On the day of your surgery, we ask that you wear no jewelry or make-up and avoid deodorant, skin lotions and perfume. We recommend warm, loose fitting clothing, such as pajamas or sweat pants with thick socks or slippers to prevent the chills commonly experienced after surgery. Please inform your surgeon if you have a cold, sore throat, active allergies or an open cut or sore on the day of your thigh lift.
Most of our patients will be able to go home the same day they undergo thigh lift, but many spend the night in the hospital for comfort. It is important to make arrangements in advance for someone to drive you home and provide watchful care during the first several days after surgery.
You’ll need help. Arrange for someone to drive you to and from surgery and to stay with you for at least the first few nights following surgery. Effective planning prior to undergoing thigh lift can make your recovery as brief and relaxing as possible.
If you are want to pursue thigh lift in Cartagena at Premium Care Plastic Surgery, or simply want more information on these transformational procedures, please call us at (+57) 312 545 5569 in Cartagena and (+1) 305 848 1909 in United States or schedule your consultation online.
What Happens During Thigh Lift Surgery?
Step 1 – Anesthesia
Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedures. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.
Step 2 – The incision
Incision patterns vary based on the area or areas to be treated, degree of correction and patient and surgeon preference.
Medial Thigh Lift
One common technique used for a thigh lift places incisions in the groin, extending downward wrapping around the back of the thigh. The underlying tissue matrix will be reshaped and tightened, and skin will be reduced and redraped resulting in more proportionate and smoother body contours.
You may qualify for a minimal incision medial thigh lift which involves an incision only in the groin area. Your surgeon will determine what’s appropriate.
Outer Thigh Lift
Improving the contours of the outer thigh may require an incision extending from the groin around the hip. Through these incisions your plastic surgeon will tighten tissues for a smoother, better-toned lower body contour.
Advanced techniques usually allow incisions to be placed in strategic locations where they can be hidden by most types of clothing and swimsuits. However, incisions may be extensive. During the procedure excess skin, fat and tissue is removed.
Step 3 – Closing the incisions
Deep support sutures within underlying tissues help to support the remaining skin, tissue, muscles and ligaments to form the newly shaped contours. Sutures close the skin incisions.
Step 4 – See the results
The smoother tighter contouring that result from a thigh lift are apparent almost immediately, although initially obscured by some swelling and bruising.
You may be required to wear a compression garment for several weeks following your procedure to minimize swelling and support the tissues as they heal.
Following a thigh lift, skin quality is dramatically improved both in appearance and feel.
The results will be long lasting
The results of a thigh lift are visible almost immediately. However, it may take several months for the final results to fully develop.
Some visible scars will remain, but the overall results are long lasting, provided that you maintain a stable weight and general fitness.
As your body ages, it is natural to lose some firmness. However, most of your initial improvement should be relatively permanent.
If you are want to pursue thigh lift in Cartagena at Premium Care Plastic Surgery, or simply want more information on these transformational procedures, please call us at (+57) 312 545 5569 in Cartagena and (+1) 305 848 1909 in United States or scheduleyour consultation online.
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Thigh Lift Recovery
Following your surgery, dressings or bandages may be applied to your incisions, and your legs may be wrapped in an elastic bandage or a compression garment to minimize swelling. A small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect. Initial healing usually occurs in 10-14 days. Sutures are usually removed within the first 24 weeks. Swelling and bruising gradually disappear over 3-4 weeks. All swelling is gone in 3-6 months. The scars fade in 6-24 months depending on your skin.
You will be given specific instructions that may include:
- How to care for the surgical site and drains
- Medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection
- Specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health
- When to follow up with your plastic surgeon.
Most of our thigh lift patients take a week off work after surgery. We will encourage you to walk as soon as possible, gradually adding light activities over a few days and resuming full workouts and lifting within six weeks.
Complications of thigh lifts have been uncommon in our experience. Risks include infection, slow wound healing, bleeding, seroma and venous blood clots. Even if a complication were to occur, diligent post-operative care would still likely lead to a nice result.
Long Lasting Results:
The smoother, tighter contours that result from thigh lift can dramatically improve both appearance and feel. The results of thigh lift surgery will be long-lasting, provided that you maintain a stable weight and general fitness. As your body ages, it is natural to lose some firmness, but most of your improvement should be relatively permanent.
Following your physician’s instructions is key to the success of your surgery and minimizing thigh lift complications. It is important that the surgical incisions are not subjected to excessive force, swelling, abrasion, or motion during the time of healing in order to minimize the side effects of liposuction surgery. Your doctor will give you specific instructions on how to care for yourself.
When you are ready to improve the contour of your thighs, don’t settle for anything less than state-of-the art techniques that get beautiful results. Find out if you are a candidate for thigh lift in Colombia at Premium Care Plastic Surgery. Then call us at (+57) 312 545 5569 in Cartagena and (+1) 305 848 1909 in United States or use our convenient online form to request a consultation at our office conveniently located in the heart of Boca Grande, just 15 minutes from the Rafael Núñez International Airport.
Thigh Lift: Words to Know
- General anesthesia: Drugs and/or gases used during an operation to relieve pain and alter consciousness.
- Hematoma: Blood pooling beneath the skin.
- Intravenous sedation: Sedatives administered by injection into a vein to help you relax.
- Liposuction: Also called lipoplasty or suction lipectomy, this procedure vacuums out fat from beneath the skin’s surface to reduce fullness.
- Local anesthesia: A drug injected directly to the site of an incision during an operation to relieve pain.
- Medial thigh lift: A surgical procedure to correct sagging of the inner thigh.
- Outer thigh lift: A surgical procedure to correct sagging of the outer and mid-thigh.
- Sutures: Stitches used by surgeons to hold skin and tissue together.
Thigh Lift: Frequently Asked Questions
Is thigh lift surgery right for me?
A thigh lift is very effective at removing excessive skin, especially in the case of someone who has lost a large amount of weight and is carrying folds of skin where fat used to be.
Will a thigh lift remove excess fat?
No. If you have thighs with excess fat and would like a more slender or sculpted appearance you may be better suited to liposuction, which can be performed in conjunction with thigh lift.
How is thigh lift surgery performed?
Excess skin is removed along the inner thigh area, which may extend from the inner knee to the groin area and may carry on to the buttock area, depending on the amount of excess skin to be removed.
Who will perform the surgery?
At Premium Care, our surgeons have been selected for their cosmetic surgery skill and knowledge to ensure you get the results you want. All bring world-class training and experience to our patients in Cartagena.
Will I have to stay overnight?
One to two nights stay is generally preferred by thigh lift patients for comfort. As a patient of Premium Care, you will experience exemplary standards of care, service, and facilities in our seven star environment.
What results can I expect from a thighplasty?
You can expect slimmer looking thighs with tauter skin where the excess skin used to be.
What is the normal recovery period from this surgery?
Patients of thigh lift surgery are advised to take 2-3 weeks holiday from work.
Can I combine a thigh lift with other procedures?
You may also be interested in an arm lift, tummy tuck, or body lift which are also great for people who have recently lost a lot of weight. If you wish to have some excess fat removed, rather than excess skin, you may like to explore liposuction.
At Premium Care Plastic Surgery, our surgeons work together on body contouring cases. Two surgeons operating with a specialized team makes cases much more efficient. This decreases surgical time, decreases complications and discomfort after surgery, and improves results. This improved efficiency also makes it possible to perform multiple procedures during a short anesthetic time (less than 4 hours), allowing patients to enjoy the benefits of combination procedures without increased anesthetic risks associated with longer procedures. Our patients undergoing cosmetic surgery after major weight loss love this aspect of our service at Premium Care Plastic Surgery.
How do I arrange to have a thigh lift?
If you would like to arrange a consultation to discuss this or any other surgery in more detail, you can fill out our consultation request online or call us at (+57) 312 545 5569 in Cartagena and (+1) 305 848 1909 in United States to schedule an appointment with one of our plastic surgeons. You’ll be amazed about how affordable cosmetic plastic surgery can be, and with an experience like no other!