Losing weight after bariatric surgery or long-term dieting and exercise can be extremely satisfying. However, it can be frustrating when, even after reaching your weight goal, you are left with loose, stretched skin around your thighs. The doctors working through the Tijuana Bariatrics network can remove this excess tissue during a thigh lift performed in Tijuana and Monterrey, Mexico. With the same surgical standards as those enforced in the US, these surgeons offer a more cost-effective treatment without exposing patients to increased safety risks.
What Does a Thigh Lift Involve?
A thigh lift is a cosmetic surgery performed to remove excess skin and fat from the inner or outer thighs. This procedure is typically recommended if you have sagging tissue or you have not had success shedding excess tissue with exercise or dieting. While many patients pursue this surgery for aesthetic reasons, it can have noticeable health benefits. Tightening loose skin eliminates creases and prevents chafing and rubbing which can lead to irritation and other skin issues. However, it is important to keep in mind that the results of a thigh lift are only permanent if a you stay committed to a healthy lifestyle. If your weight fluctuates because of diet, lack of exercise, or other factors, these shifts can once again stretch the skin.
The doctors working through the Tijuana Bariatrics network have the experience and resources necessary to coordinate your care for the best results possible.
Undergoing a thigh lift is a multi-stage process that will be customized to your exact needs.
During the first consultation with your surgeon, they will perform a physical examination, inquire about any medical conditions or previous surgeries, and ask you to explain your goals for the surgery. If the procedure seems like an appropriate option for you, they can then describe what kinds of results can reasonably be expected. This meeting is also an opportunity for you to ask questions of the doctor, whether to determine if they are the right person to perform the operation or to simply learn more. Possible questions include:
- Am I a good candidate?
- Do you have before and after photos for this procedure?
- What are the costs associated with a thigh lift?
- What can I do to ensure the best results, before and after surgery?
- What kinds of risks or complications are tied to this surgery?
- What kind of scarring should I expect?
Medial lifts and lateral lifts are two methods for performing a thigh lift. The difference between these two techniques lies in whether the excess tissue is extracted from the inside of the thigh or the outside. The type of incision that is recommended for you will depend on where the your excess tissue rests and your unique treatment goals.
A medial or inner thigh lift reshapes the area from the groin to the inner knee through incisions in the groin. A lateral or outer thigh lift is more complicated because it reshapes both the outer thighs and the buttocks, a process that results in larger incisions and more extensive scarring. Because scarring leaves the skin less elastic, maintaining your weight is even more important after an outer thigh lift. While a lateral lift may take longer to perform, both procedures can be completed within a few hours. Once complete, patients will be taken to a recovery area and will need to stay at the hospital overnight.
It is important to keep in mind that recovery will vary from patient to patient. However, your surgeon can give you a better sense of what to expect because they are familiar with the details of your case. In general, some results of a thigh lift can be noticeable immediately after surgery. However, you will still have to deal with bruising, swelling, and soreness for several weeks after your procedure. During the first two weeks, you will need to restrict yourself to only light levels of activity. Even walking, sitting, or bending can place a lot of strain on the incisions, so it is important to make any such movements carefully. Compression garments will also be necessary to minimize swelling and improve circulation for healing.
Patients can usually resume walking or driving when it no longer causes pain to do so. However, your skin will not be fully recovered at this point, so you should still avoid heavy lifting or running for six to eight weeks, or until cleared by your surgeon. While scarring is unavoidable, the incisions are placed in areas that can be covered by clothing and will typically fade to thin white lines over time. Your surgeon may also be able to suggest topical products that can help to minimize the appearance of scars.
Contact the Tijuana Bariatrics Network Today
If you are unhappy with loose skin left over from weight loss, the doctors working through the Tijuana Bariatrics network have the experience and resources necessary to coordinate your care for the best results possible. Reach out today to learn how you can set up an appointment.