Thigh Lift | Dr. Yavuz Ozsular

Thigh Lift

Anesthesia
General
Operation Period
1-2 Hours
Pain
2/5
Recovery
15-20 Days
Hospital Stay
1 Night
Dressing Period
10-14 Days
Corset
4-6 Weeks

Thigh Lift

Waving, excess skin, and deformations occur in the upper legs due to high large amounts of weight loss, frequent weight gain and loss, weak muscle structure in the inner thigh, aging, not doing sports, and irregular diet. This not only causes an esthetically bad appearance, but also causes the legs to rub against each other while walking. It also causes diaper rash, excessive sweating, and irritation when summer comes around. 

Thigh lift is the removal of excess skin and fat-sagging appearance in order to eliminate the deformations in the upper leg. Your scars will be hidden beneath your underwear line on your inner thigh and in a part of the inner thigh so the effect of the surgery is most visible on the inner thighs.

Who Benefits From This Surgery?

Thigh lift is ideal for anyone over 18 who have their thighs of saggy, deformed skin and no obstacle for the surgery.

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    Doctor Examination – Visit

    During your pre-operative exam, Dr. Ozsular first will listen to your expectations and complaints. Next, he’ll examine you to see how much excess skin you have, where it is, how much lipoidosis you have on your legs, your age, skin type, and how uncomfortable you are and make planning accordingly.

    He’ll also tell you where and how large your scars are going to be, about liposuction if planned, and about process after the surgery.

    He’ll photograph your legs from different angles for medical records, as well as to give you a preview of what your legs will look like after the surgery with visual examples and photos.

    If the surgery is decided, Dr. Ozsular will request specific examinations and analyses.

    Dr. Ozsular may tell you to temporarily stop using certain medications – in which case you should do so. (If you take aspirin or any form of anticoagulant, tell Dr. Ozsular and continue only if he tells you to do so.)

    Try to reduce how much salt you consume as well a few days before the surgery. This will reduce your risk of developing edema.

    Your surgery will be carried out under general anesthesia. Thus you’ll need to follow its rules accordingly.

    You are allowed to eat as well as drink water until 00:00 (12 AM) the night before your surgery. Since the surgery will be conducted under general anesthesia, you will need to fast for at least six hours prior to the procedure. (If you forget to do so, your surgery may be postponed or canceled.)

    Don’t put on make-up.

    Don’t wear nail polish or enamel.

    Don’t wear wigs. Don’t wear any jewelry (including piercings) – your body should be free of metal.

    Also, don’t forget to put together an overnight bag – including loose clothes (preferably with zippers/buttons), shoes, etc. – before you come in for the surgery. The leg and waist areas of the clothes you will wear after the surgery should not be tight and they should be comfortable enough for clothing.)

    You are taken to your room one hour before the surgery for resting. Your final preparations for the surgery will be conducted. Dr. Ozsular and his assistant will come and visit you.

    You’ll be taken to the operating room when it is time for surgery. The doctor will begin shaping your legs as soon as you’re placed under anesthesia.

    After the surgery is over, the doctor will photograph your legs and wrap you in dressing, bandages, and compression socks. After the operation and dressing processes are completed, local anesthesia is applied and you will be slowly woken up from anesthesia. The area where you had surgery will be numbed so that you won’t feel any pain when you come to – i.e. you’ll be comfortable.

    You do not feel any pain and ache while awaking from the surgery.

    You may feel dizzy for the first few hours after surgery upon return to your room due to the effects of general anesthesia– this is normal and temporary.

    Dr. Ozsular and his assistant will visit you later to tell you how your surgery went, and examine you.

    You’ll be able to eat a light soup 4 or so hours after the surgery.

    You’ll be asked to stay overnight after the surgery. 

    If you have a drain, it’ll be removed the following day.

    You may develop slight ecchymosis or edema depending on how your body reacts to the trauma – this, too, is normal and temporary.

    During your stay in hospital afterwards, you’ll be given strong analgesics so that you don’t feel stiff or any discomfort. Upon the discharge, you’ll be prescribed analgesics for 2 or 3 more days to keep you feeling comfortable.

    Don’t forget to take your medications as they’ve been prescribed to you.

    You’ll need to rest for the first five days. You may have trouble sitting, standing, and walking. You are not allowed to run or to lift anything heavy, and you must protect your new upper legs from any impact. Although it is an interesting and exciting process, you shouldn’t remove your special corset either.

    Your first control will take place 3 to 5 days after surgery.

    You’ll be able to take a shower three days after surgery.

    Throughout the process, Dr. Ozsular’s assistant will keep in touch with you.

    You’ll be able to go for slow walks, return to work, and return back to your normal life a week later – provide you avoid doing any heavy labor.

    You’ll need to wait two months to return to doing heavy sports (e.g. swimming, diving, skiing).

    You’ll need to continue wearing your corset for another 4 to 6 weeks after the surgery.

    Your legs may swell and develop edema after your dressing is removed.

    You’ll begin to see your results and enjoy smoother, younger-looking, more natural legs 1 to 3 months after the surgery.

    You’ll need to include regular exercise into your life to maintain your results in the long term.

    You can benefit from this procedure if:

    • You’re a woman above age 18, not pregnant or breastfeeding, and have excess skin and deformation on your legs.
    • You’re a man above 18 and have excess skin and deformation on your legs.
    • You’re a young person who have lost a large amount of weight after obesity and want to rid yourself of excess skin if it hinders your ability to move.

    Generally speaking, this surgery is done on anyone older than 40 to treat their saggy thighs/inner leg and their skin of the inner thigh that has gained volume downwards.

    The risk of thrombosis is questioned by examining your family history and the examinations and tests requested before the surgery. Unfortunately, if you or your family have a history of thrombosis, then this surgery isn’t for you.

    Yes it will. Surgeries that focus on removing excess skin are incision based – hence, scars are inevitable. However, as the aim of plastic surgeries is to make you look more attractive, your scars will be skillfully hidden beneath your skin folds and your underwear lines, and thus will be barely noticeable.

    In this procedure, the scar occurs right where your legs meet your underwear – and in your inner thigh.

    The above said, the more deformations you have, the more surgical intervention you’ll need, and thus the more scars you’ll have.

    Yes it does, if you keep your weight under control after thigh lift surgery. You won’t experience skin sagging again!

    If you exercise regularly, swim, and walk after the surgery, your legs will stay smooth and keep on looking tight.

    Women tend to gain a fair amount of weight during pregnancy. However, if you don’t gain too much, you’re the skin along your inner legs won’t deform. If you have liposuction alongside this procedure to prevent regional lipoidosis, then you won’t weight gain there again.

    If you have fat on your inner thigh or outer thigh, then having a thigh lift plus liposuction will make your outcome more successful. In other words, better shaped, curvier thighs!

    Liposuction also prevents regional lipoidosis, and thus helps the operated region retain its form in the long run.

    If you have a thigh lift, liposuction, and body shaping done all at once. You will:

    • Gain a more assertive and esthetic appearance. You can’t go wrong with three surgeries in one!
    • Have curvier, more attracted legs and hips.
    • Enjoy long term results – no more subcutaneous regional lipoidosis!
    • Have a lighter body now that your excess, saggy, uncomfortable skin is gone.

    Since excess skin is removed and some fat is removed with thigh lift operation and liposuction, there will be differences in your weight and appearance. This difference of approximately 2-6kg is not a method for losing weight. The aim of this operation is body shaping.

    Yes, when you return to your normal life. You’ll need to follow a combination of a healthy diet and sports if you want to maintain both your weight and your legs’ new shape for a longer period.

    Yes –your doctor may plan additional procedures if your general health status and examinations allow.

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