Thigh lift surgery usually takes three to six hours to perform, depending on the severity of your condition and the amount of correction required. After you are properly anesthetized, Dr. Kreithen will make the incisions necessary for removal of excess skin and fat.
Depending on the amount of improvement you desire, this incision may extend all the way around the thigh or only part of the way around the thigh in the groin crease between the trunk and the thigh.
After the incision has been made, Dr. Kreithen gently elevates the skin and fat off of the underlying muscles of the thighs. Dr. Kreithen removes excess skin and fat and drapes the skin over the underlying muscles.
The incisions are carefully closed in multiple layers of strong sutures to minimize your scar. Dr. Kreithen may use a technique in which all of the sutures are placed beneath the skin and are absorbed by your body.
A sterile dressing is applied to the incisions, and a compression garment is placed over your thighs. This compression garment helps support your legs during healing, decreases postoperative swelling, and helps decrease any bruising that may occur.