Thigh Lift Los Angeles, CA
Do you have loose skin on your legs and do not feel comfortable wearing shorts or tighter clothing? Have you had previous liposuction and are left with dimpling, contour deformities, or loose skin? A thigh lift with Dr. Hughes may offer a solution.
Dr. Hughes offers all variants of the thigh lift procedure, based upon patient desires and anatomical configuration. Thigh lifts address loose skin in the inner thigh that usually occurs as a result of weight loss, pregnancy, previous surgery such as liposuction, or up-and-down dieting. Some thigh lifts can be performed with a scar that is hidden in the groin crease. Some may require an incision that extends for a small distance down the inner thigh, which is very difficult to see when placed appropriately.
The groin incision thigh lift can be a very powerful tool to improve skin laxity along the inner thighs. The beauty of its design is that the scar can be hidden in the groin crease so that some of these scars are almost undetectable. At the same time, done correctly inner thigh laxity to the level of the midthigh can be improved dramatically.
The extended medial thigh lift is typically reserved for patients who have undergone massive weight loss. The scar typically extends down the inner thigh so that the scar is difficult to detect upon casual gaze.
There are other variants of the thigh lift like the lateral or posterior thigh lift. These are often done through body lift incisions with an incision along the upper aspect of the buttocks. In this manner, both the buttocks and outer thighs can be lifted during the same procedure. Before and After pictures of these procedures can be found in the body lift galleries.
Dr. Hughes has extensive experience in massive weight loss and body contouring surgery from both his residency and his cosmetic fellowship at Harvard as well as throughout the hundreds of body contouring procedures he has performed in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills. Thigh lifts, arm lifts, breast lifts, and tummy tucks are performed with exacting precision, and his patients have been so grateful.
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I want a thigh lift, but I am scared of scars. What should I do?
Dr. Hughes has extensive experience in groin incision thigh lifts and concealing those scars. If you have significant skin laxity, the thigh lift can produce a very much improve contour.
I lost a lot of weight and I want other areas improved as well. Can the thigh lift be combined with other surgeries?
Dr. Hughes performs as many combination procedure as any surgeon you will find. He has extensive experience combining procedures in massive weight loss patients, and he can determine what is both reasonable and safe for you.
Thigh Lift and Its Variants
PREPARING FOR SURGERY
- STOP SMOKING: Smoking reduces circulation to the skin and impedes healing. It is best to avoid smoking, second hand smoke and cigarette replacements, such as nicotine patches or gum, in the perioperati ve period. While you should ideally stop smoking for 2 weeks before and after your surgical procedure, YOU MUST NOT SMOKE FOR A MINIMUM OF 24 HOURS BEFORE AND 24 HOURS AFTER SURGERY.
- TAKE MULTIVITAMINS: Start taking multivitamins twice daily to improve your general health once you have scheduled your surgery.
- TAKE VITAMIN C: Start taking 500 mg of Vitamin C twice dai ly to promote healing.
- START TAKING AN IRON SUPPLEMENT: A good iron supplement, such as Feosol Spansules, is required starting one week before surgery and four weeks following surgery. Bowel movements may appear darker than usual as a result. Feosol is available without prescription.
- DO NOT TAKE ASPIRIN OR IBUPROFEN: Stop taking medications containing aspirin or ibuprofen. Review the list of drugs containing aspirin and ibuprofen carefully. Such drugs can cause bleeding problems during and after surgery. Instead, use medications containing acetaminophen (such as Tylenol).
- LIMIT VITAMIN E: Limit your intake of Vitamin E to less than 400 mg per day.
- FILL YOUR PRESCRIPTIONS: You will be given prescri ptions for medications. Please have them filled BEFORE the day of surgery and bring them with you.
- CONFIRM SURGERY TIME: We wi ll call you to confinn the time of your surgery. If you are not going to be at home or at your office, please call us to confirm at (310) 275-4170.
- PRESCRIPTIONS: Make sure that you have filled the prescriptions you were given and set the medications out to bring with you tomorrow. Make sure to have the number for your pharmacy ready so that if Dr. Hughes and associates need to call in any special medications for you on your day of surgery they wi ll have that infonnation readily available.
- CLEANSING: The night before surgery, shower and wash the surgical areas with an antibacterial soap such as Dial, Safeguard, pHisoHex, or Phase II I.
- EATING AND DRINKING: Do not eat or drink anything after 12:00 midnight except for a small amount of water to rinse your mouth while brushing your teeth.
- SPECIAL INFORMATION: Do not eat or drink anything! Ifyou take a daily medication, you may take it with a sip of water in the early morning.
- ORAL HYGIENE: You may brush your teeth but do not swallow the water.
- CLEANS ING: Shower and wash the surg ical areas again with an antibacterial soap such as Dial, Safeguard, pHisoHex, or Phase Ill.
- MAKE-UP: Please do not wear moisturizers, creams, lotions, or makeup.
- CLOTHING: Wear only comfortable, loose-fining clothing that does not go over your head. NO TIGHT PANTS. Remove hairpins, wigs, and jewelry. Please do not bring valuables with you.
- CHECK IN/PREPARATION: Surgery Time:
- You should plan to arrive 45 minutes earlier than your scheduled surgery time. Patients less than 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. When you arrive at our office on the day of your surgery, give the receptionist the phone number of the pharmacy you would like us to call for any spec ial medications Dr. Hughes and associates might prescribe.
- CARETAKER: Someone must spend the first night after surgery with you.
THIGH LIFT POST-OP INSTRUCTIONS
- The first week you will need to rest frequently. You need to walk around the house as tolerated. Avoid stairs if possible. Avoid frequent sitting and standing as this placed pressure on your incisions. Move carefully and deliberately.
- Sleep on your back with your head elevated.
- Avoid picking anything up greater than 1-2 lbs the first two weeks. The doctor will advise you when you can start lifting anything heavier.
- DO NOT EXERCISE FOR 4-6 WEEKS
- You may not drive the first week or while you are taking pain medication. After that it will depend on your ability to handle a car without causing any discomfort. You should wear your seatbelt at all times.
- Do not engage in sexual activity at least 4-6 weeks after your surgery.
- No smoking. This will interfere with your healing.
- Eat light the first 24 hours, clear liquids advancing to a regular diet as tolerated.
- If you have persistent nausea stick to a bland diet until it subsides.
- Avoid foods that can cause a lot of gas. This can cause abdominal distention and undue discomfort. Small frequent meals are best. Do not eat sweet or salty foods.
- The pain medicine may cause constipation. Drink plenty of fluids. You may take any over the counter laxatives or stool softeners as needed.
- You will have a garment over your dressings. Dressings should be changed as needed. You should wear garment for 4 weeks.
- If the garment is tight and causing pain, please take the garment off or adjust the garment.
- It is normal to have numbness over the surgical sites for several weeks or months.
- Do not use a heating pad or ice around the surgical sites. It could cause a burn.
- You may not shower the first week – sponge bathe only, until told to do so.
- It is normal to see dried bloody drainage on dressings.
- Take your antibiotic until it is completed.
- If the pain medication is a narcotic it should be taken as prescribed. Do not take any Tylenol while on pain medication. The medication we prescribe may already have Tylenol in it.
- Do not drink alcohol or drive a car while taking pain medication.
- The pain medication may cause nausea and should be taken with food at each dose.
- You may resume your regular medication after your surgery except for Vitamin E, Fish oil and Aspirin (wait at least 5 days post-op).
- If you take aspirin or coumadin check with the doctor to see when you may resume them.
CALL THE OFFICE IF YOU HAVE:
- A temperature greater than 101.5 degrees.
- Excessive bleeding from the incision.
- A sudden increase in drainage, pain, or swelling around the incision site or the surrounding area.
- If you have persistent vomiting, have a pharmacy number so that a script can be called in.