Thigh Lift Surgery With Sydney Plastic Surgeon Dr Ellis Choy
Many people find it difficult to shed weight from their upper legs. Fatty thighs can be stubbornly resistant to exercise, are more noticeable after weight loss, and are a visible sign of ageing in larger people. The thighs are a natural repository of cellulite, fat cells and excess skin accumulation, resulting in a heavier appearance.
A thigh lift will balance the overall physique by removing accumulated excess skin, tissue and fat to help patients achieve firmer upper legs. As with all cosmetic and plastic surgery undertaken by Dr Ellis Choy, your thigh lift is the result of a personalised plan, tailored to your unique needs and surgical goals. However, a thigh lift should not be seen as a replacement for healthy exercise and dietary habits.
Eligibility for a thigh lift
There are a range of factors leading to weight gain. Successful thigh lift outcomes are determined by surgery along with lifestyle and behaviour modifications that sustain your results after the surgery is complete. Candidates for a thigh lift need to fulfil a range of conditions.
- Unwanted skin, fat or soft tissue on the thighs
- Achieve weight loss goals and maintain stable weight prior to surgery
- Be in good general health
- Stop smoking for a prescribed time before and after surgery
- Avoid heavy alcohol consumption
- Commit to a regimen of diet and exercise
- Have realistic expectations of thigh lift surgery results
Choosing the right surgeon
As with any cosmetic or plastic surgery, the results will reflect the ability of the doctor performing the operation. It’s important to feel confident in the expertise of your chosen doctor. As a Specialist Plastic Surgeon, Dr Ellis Choy has attained the highest levels of practice at some of the world’s most well-known universities, hospitals and surgical institutes.
Your surgeon should also show empathy, listen to your needs and answer any questions before taking the next step in your thigh lift surgery. In this regard, Dr Choy takes all the time required to dispel any of your concerns about the surgery so you feel well-informed and prepared moving forward.
Dr Choy performs surgery at his dedicated clinical facility in Sydney as well as hospital environments in regional New South Wales.
Techniques used for a thigh lift
There are several types of thigh lifts to remove excess skin, tissue and fat. The condition of your thighs will determine incision placements, taking into consideration your unique shape. Patients with greater amounts of fat, tissue and skin to be removed will usually require more complex incisions. Everyone is different, and your thigh lift surgery is personalised to your needs. Some thigh lift methods include:
- Inner thigh lift: In this surgery an incision is made where the thigh and pubic area meet. Unwanted fat and tissue is removed, remaining skin tightened and the resulting scar conveniently hidden.
- Mini thigh lift: This is an ideal solution for people with sagging skin tissue in the upper thigh. There is minimal scarring caused by a small incision near the groin, and the operation results in a faster recovery period.
- Bilateral thigh lift: This lift tightens sagging skin on the outside and front of the thigh. A ‘V’ shaped incision is created at the top of the leg and is concealed beneath underwear. A bilateral lift will smooth both sides of the leg and is useful in situations where patients have undergone extreme weight loss.
- Medial thigh lift: This procedure also assists patients after extreme weight loss by re-shaping and tightening skin near the top of the inner thigh. An incision is made near the groin, possibly extending to the buttock crease or hip region.
In all cases, excess fat, skin and tissue are removed, resulting in shapelier legs and a proportionate physique. The cost of thigh lift surgery is determined by the procedure itself, along with any medications and supplies required for recovery and after-care.
Recovery and after-care
Thigh lift surgery is performed under general anaesthesia, meaning you will be asleep during the operation. You will wake to find the incisions bandaged and the likely addition of drains to release unwanted fluid accumulation. A compression garment will hold incisions in place while your thighs begin to heal.
There will be soreness, although Dr Choy can prescribe suitable pain relief medication along with information about behaviour modifications that assist healing. Once you are able to walk relatively freely, you can return home with the assistance of a designated driver.
Short walks around your home will assist with healing, as will adequate rest, often with the positioning of pillows to relieve pressure on the legs. Within a couple of days, you will be able to shower and wash your thighs, and a return to work or regular activities is possible within a few weeks. Gentle exercise can be commenced soon after.
Swelling and bruising will slowly diminish and scarring will gradually fade during the ensuing months. After-care is monitored during follow-ups with Dr Choy to ensure proper healing and miminise the risk of side effects or complications such as bleeding or infection.
These thigh lift before and after photos show the results some of Dr Choy’s patients have achieved.
*The information about thigh lift was reviewed by Dr Ellis Choy. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us here.
Making an Informed Decision
Undergoing plastic surgery is a significant decision that should be made only after careful consideration of all aspects involved, including the potential risks and complications.
General Risks and Complications
There are general risks and complications that apply to most plastic surgery procedures. These are discussed in detail on our Risks and Complications page.
Specific Risks and Complications
In addition to those that apply generally to plastic surgery, each individual procedure comes with its own specific risks and complications. For thigh lift procedures, these include:
- Temporary or permanent changes in skin sensation
- Temporary or permanent changes in skin colour
- Uneven texture, dimpling or puckering of the skin
- Excessive scarring
- Asymmetrical appearance or shape in leg contours
- Disruption of blood supply to skin or underlying tissues
Request a consultation with Dr Choy for a detailed discussion of these considerations. Dr Choy will conduct a thorough risk assessment based on your individual factors and outline the measures that can be taken to minimise these risks. He and his team are here to support your decision-making process, providing all the information you need to make well-informed choices about your care.