Significant weight loss, genetics, loss of skin elasticity, etc. can all contribute to the changes in our thighs as we get older. For patients who suffer from loose, sagging skin around the inner thighs, it can negatively affect how clothing fits, their self-confidence and even their relationships with other people.
While regular exercise can help tighten the muscles, fixing excess skin around the thigh area usually requires surgery. Inner thighplasty, or inner thigh lift surgery, is a procedure that reshapes the inner thighs by reducing excess skin and, in some cases, fat. According to Dr Beldholm, this results in smoother skin and better-proportioned contours of the thighs and lower body.
Who is an inner thigh lift for?
Patients who are typically best suited for an inner thigh lift are those who have lost a significant amount of weight and are left with extra, loose skin on the thighs. Their skin elasticity is also minimal to non-existent. The best candidates for this surgery are also those who’ve committed themselves to a healthy lifestyle and have maintained a stable weight.
The procedure may not be suitable for people who are:
- Prone to bleeding or have poor healing ability
- Struggling to have realistic expectations
- Considered high risk due to medical conditions (Ex: Cancer, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, etc.)
How is an inner thigh lift done?
Inner thigh lift surgery generally takes anywhere from two to three hours to perform. The time frame will ultimately vary from patient to patient. During the operation and while the patient is under general anesthesia, Dr Beldholm will make an incision from the groin and thigh crease to the buttock crease.
After those initial incisions, he will then tighten the underlying tissue, remove excess skin, and reshape and tighten the remaining skin to improve the contour of the thigh.
To remove excess fat, Dr Beldholm will use VASER liposculpture, an advanced liposuctioning technique that eliminates stubborn bulges for smooth results. This method also leads to less bruising and fewer complications.
Near the end of the procedure, Dr Beldholm and his staff will place support sutures near the incision to hold them in place. The patient will then be bandaged and required to wear a compression garment for several weeks in order to minimise swelling and support the tissues as they heal.
What are the benefits of an inner thigh lift?
Following surgery, the results are almost immediately visible. However, it may take a few months for the final results to fully develop. For patients seeking inner thigh lift surgery, many will experience the following benefits:
- Firmer, more youthful legs
- A reduction in the physical discomfort commonly associated with chafing
- Thighs that are more defined and contoured
- An improvement in skin quality and elasticity
- A boost in self-confidence
What is the recovery like for an inner thigh lift?
Following surgery, you will need to arrange for someone to drive you home, and you may want to have them also help you around your home for the first few days. This is because you will likely feel tired and sore for a few days after the operation. Dr Beldholm can prescribe medication to cope with any pain or discomfort.
Expect to take at least one week off from work to rest. In some cases, patients may need to take three. Patients will also need to avoid any heavy lifting, vigorous exercises and strenuous sports until advised otherwise by Dr Beldholm.
Most of the swelling and discoloration experienced from the procedure will usually go away after one to two months. After 6 to 12 months, your scars should start to fade to a fine, thin line.
During follow-up visits, Dr Beldholm and his staff will monitor your progress to ensure that your body is healing properly so that you go on to ultimately enjoy satisfying, long-term results.