The outer thigh lift operation is designed to model the front and outer thigh surface by removing fat and sagging skin. The result is more elastic and aesthetic hips. An outer thigh lift is also called a lateral lift, a bilateral lift, or a hip lift. This type of procedure is often performed on patients who have lost a lot of weight, resulting in excessive sagging of the skin. The operation allows you to remove a large number of fat cells, tighten loose skin and reduce the appearance of cellulite for a better contour of the upper part of the legs.
Who is suitable for lifting the outer surface of the thigh:
For the operation, the patient must have a stable weight. If a person intends to lose weight, the procedure is recommended to be carried out after reaching the desired weight. It is also recommended to follow a healthy diet and perform physical exercises.
During the procedure, a V-shaped incision is made, which goes from the inguinal fold to the thigh or buttocks area. The length of the incision depends on the needs of the patient. The surgeon will remove fatty deposits and soft tissues. Liposuction can also be performed to correct the shape of the hips. First, absorbable sutures are used to close the deeper layers of tissue. The inner stitches will be tighter than those next to the top layers of the skin. This suturing method helps support the entire hip and also relieves tension on the skin, which reduces the likelihood of complications. After removing excess skin, the thighs will look tighter. To close the incisions, the surgeon may use sutures, adhesive tapes, or clips, and then bandages will be applied.
After this operation, patients should expect swelling and bruising in the thigh and buttocks area at the beginning of the recovery period. To minimize swelling, support the hips and help the skin acquire new contours, it is necessary to use compression underwear. Such clothes will need to be worn around the clock for up to 3 weeks.
During the recovery period, patients are not allowed to sit directly on the buttocks, as this can put pressure on the wound and hinder healing. During rest, patients should use pillows, which will help relieve tension from the legs and position the body so that the thigh tissue does not stretch. You should start walking as soon as possible to speed up the healing process and reduce the risk of blood clots.
Patients should avoid squatting, climbing stairs, and physical activity during the first 2-3 weeks. Sometimes drainage tubes are placed at the site of the incision to remove excess fluid. Taking a shower is permissible 2 days after the operation. A follow-up visit to the surgeon is necessary approximately one week after the operation. At this time, you can already remove the drainage tubes and external seams.
Most patients can return to work 2-3 weeks after the procedure. After 6-8 weeks, you can resume regular exercises and normal activities.
Depending on the degree of laxity of the skin, the patient may not see immediate results due to swelling, bruising, and compression garments. As the tumor begins to subside, the upper part of the legs will become more slender and toned. The final results will become visible in about a year after the scar tissue has taken on a more natural shade. Although it is not necessary to have an ideal weight before this cosmetic surgery, it should be comfortable for the person to easily maintain shape. It is important to understand that significant weight fluctuations nullify the results of lifting the outer surface of the thighs. However, a patient who gradually loses weight after the procedure will improve their shape. After the operation, a gradual loss of approximately 4.5-7 kg is allowed.