Thigh Reduction Surgery
In thigh reduction surgery, excess wrinkled skin and fat are removed from your upper and inner thigh to firm and tighten the area. This procedure will leave a scar that begins in the groin area, runs across the inside of your thigh and under the crease of your buttocks.
If you also have significant excess loose skin on your inner thigh extending almost to your knee, additional surgery would have to be done to shape the area and would result in a vertical scar on your inner thigh.
During your consultation your surgeon should ask about your general medical history. You should discuss the outcome you are seeking and whether this is possible and how much scarring you would find acceptable.
• As with any other surgery, the extent of the problem and amount of correction that is necessary would determine how much skin would need to be removed and how extensive the scarring would be.
• Post-operative scars on the body will always be more visible than scars on the face, although much of the scarring can be hidden in your bodies natural folds.
What to expect from your operation
Thigh reduction is usually done under general anaesthesia. It may be performed as a day case or you may spend a night in hospital after your procedure. As part of your operation, the surgeon may perform liposuction on the inner part of the thigh to reduce volume and mobilise the skin.
An incision is made in the groin crease (and inner thigh, if more extensive surgery is being done). The upper part of the skin is undermined and the excess skin would be trimmed. Suspension sutures are used to attach the skin to the groin area and the wounds are closed with or without drains and your wounds would be dressed. The entire operation should take around 1.5 hours. Wearing a compression garment is advisable after this type of surgery.
After your surgery
You should not experience a significant amount of pain. However, suitable pain relief should be provided by your surgeon/anaesthetist.
During your recovery there are several things you should know:
• It is important to take proper care of your wound to reduce the possibility of infection. Antibiotics should be prescribed and you should use an antiseptic wash on the wound area whenever you use the toilet, reapplying a light dressing. Continue wearing your compression garment.
• Avoid exercise for 1 month after surgery. Gradually resume normal activities after 1 month.
• If you do sedentary work (office) you should be able to return to work in around 7 - 10 days.
• You should have 4 or 5 return appointments with your surgeon, or members of his team, to monitor your progress.
• Bleeding, which is most often manifested as bruising, should not alter at the end result.
• Infection (2% to 3% of cases) can lead to wound breakdown. In most of these cases conservative management using dressings, antibiotic creams, etc., would help the wound to settle down. However, you may require scar revision.
• Deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism are also risks with this type of surgery. It is therefore important to mobilise as soon as possible after your operation.