Is a thigh lift a risky procedure?

Thigh lifts are an increasingly popular choice for people who have had weight-loss surgery. As they commonly explain to Milton Keynes surgeon Mr Sudip Ghosh, while they are happy with their smaller frame, they have become acutely self-conscious about the sagging skin around their thighs. During a thigh lift, Mr Ghosh will make an incision down the inner thigh; it may run from knee to groin, and perhaps along the buttock for further lift. The skin is then separated from the fat and underlying muscle, excess skin is removed and the incision closed.

What are the potential risks?

Any surgery carries a risk of complication but these risks are minimised when in the care of a team of highly experienced surgeon and anaesthetist. During a Milton Keynes thigh lift consultation, Mr Ghosh will discuss the potential risks, detailing both the general risks of surgery and those particular to this procedure. A study published in Cosmetic Surgery Times (January 2015) found that minor wound-healing complications are relatively common. Complications can include dehiscence (where the wound ruptures along the surgical suture), excess scarring, numbness, seroma (collection of fluid under the skin), haematoma (a solid swelling of clotted blood under the skin), and swelling. There is also a higher risk of infection as the inner thigh is a difficult area for healing. The study’s author, Jeffrey A. Gusenoff, MD of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, says, ‘these can be very small yet still significant to the patient’.

What can I do to reduce the risk of my thigh lift?

Firstly, choose a surgeon who is a member of a prestigious professional body such as BAPRAS or BAAPS for reassurance that they are trained to the highest degree. And secondly, follow that surgeon’s pre- and post-op instructions to the letter to achieve the optimal healing and aesthetic results after your thigh lift.

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