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Popular Questions Answered by Sydney Specialist Plastic Surgeon Dr Bish Soliman

Thigh lift surgery is a procedure performed to eliminate excess skin from the level of the thighs. Good candidates for the procedure are usually individuals who have experienced significant weight loss. In this blog, Sydney Specialist Plastic Surgeon Dr Bish Soliman will discuss the essentials of thigh lift surgery, addressing the spectrum of topics that matter most. From looking into the procedure’s types and determining if you are a good candidate, to guiding you through the recovery process, these popular FAQs about thigh lift surgery also confront the often-overlooked aspects of selecting the right surgeon and navigating potential risks.

FAQs about Thigh Lift Surgery Details

What is a thigh lift surgery?

  • Thigh lift surgery, or thighplasty, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that focuses on reshaping the thighs. It involves the removal of excess skin and fat, which may be a result of weight loss, ageing, or genetic factors. The goal is to get rid of excess skin on the thighs.

Who is a good candidate for a thigh lift?

  • Good candidates for a thigh lift are individuals who are at or near their ideal body weight but have excess, sagging skin on their thighs. It’s important for candidates to be in good overall health, non-smokers, and have realistic expectations about the surgery’s outcomes. Those with significant medical conditions or who are significantly overweight may not be suitable candidates.

What are the different types of thigh lift surgeries?

The types of thigh lift surgeries include:

  • Inner (medial) thigh lift: Targets the inner thigh.
  • Bilateral thigh lift: Focuses on the front and outside of the thigh.
  • Medial thigh lift: Involves the upper part of the inner thigh.
  • Spiral thigh lift: Addresses the front, back, inner, and outer thigh. Each type is tailored to address specific areas and concerns related to thigh appearance.

How long does a thigh lift surgery typically take?

  • The duration of thigh lift surgery varies depending on the type and extent of the procedure. Generally, it can take anywhere from 2 to 3 hours. If combined with other procedures, such as liposuction, it may take longer.

Can a thigh lift be combined with other surgeries?

  • Yes, a thigh lift can be combined with other body contouring surgeries. Common combinations include liposuction for enhanced contouring, a tummy tuck – abdominoplasty for abdominal tightening, or a lower body lift for more extensive body reshaping. Combining surgeries can mean a longer recovery time.

FAQs about Preparation for Thigh Lift Surgery

How should I prepare for thigh lift surgery?

  • Preparation for thigh lift surgery involves several steps to ensure safety and the best possible outcomes. Firstly, a thorough consultation with Dr Bish Soliman is essential. During this consultation, discuss your medical history, expectations, and any concerns. Pre-operative instructions include stopping certain medications, arranging for someone to assist you post-surgery, and quitting smoking, as it can hinder healing. Pre-surgery lab tests may also be required.

What dietary or lifestyle changes are recommended before surgery?

  • Leading a healthy lifestyle before surgery can significantly impact recovery and results. This includes eating a balanced diet rich in nutrients, staying hydrated, avoiding alcohol, and maintaining a stable weight. Vitamin and mineral supplements might be recommended to support healing.

FAQs about the Thigh Lift Procedure

What happens during thigh lift surgery?

  • During thigh lift surgery, you will be under general anaesthesia. Dr Soliman makes incisions in the thigh area, the location and length of which depend on the type and extent of the lift. Excess skin and fat are removed, and the remaining skin is lifted and tightened for a smoother, more contoured appearance. The incisions are then closed with sutures.

What techniques are used in thigh lift surgery?

  • The specific technique used in thigh lift surgery varies based on the patient’s needs and Dr Soliman’s approach. Common techniques include the inner thigh lift, where an incision is made at the junction of the thigh and pubic area, and the vertical thighplasty, which involves a vertical incision along the inner thigh. Liposuction may be used in conjunction to remove excess fat.

Is thigh lift surgery painful?

  • As with any surgery, some pain and discomfort are expected after thigh lift surgery. Pain management is a critical part of post-operative care. Dr Soliman typically prescribes pain medication to help patients manage discomfort. The intensity of pain varies among individuals but usually diminishes significantly within the first few days post-surgery.

FAQs about Recovery and Postoperative Care

What can I expect during the recovery period after a thigh lift?

  • Recovery from a thigh lift involves rest and limited movement to allow proper healing. Swelling, bruising, and discomfort are common in the first few weeks. You may need to wear a compression garment to reduce swelling and support the new contours of your thighs. It’s crucial to follow Dr Soliman’s instructions on wound care, activity level, and follow-up appointments.

How long is the recovery period, and when can I return to normal activities?

  • The recovery period varies but in most cases patients can return to light activities within a few weeks. Most people return to work within 2-4 weeks, although this depends on the nature of their job. Strenuous activities and exercise should be avoided for at least 4-6 weeks or until Dr Soliman advises it’s safe.

What are the key postoperative care tips?

  • Postoperative care includes keeping the incision areas clean, avoiding direct sun exposure on the scars, not smoking, staying hydrated, and maintaining a healthy diet.

How do I manage scars after a thigh lift?

  • Scarring is an inevitable part of the healing process, but there are ways to minimise and manage scars. Use of silicone gel or sheets, proper wound care, avoiding sun exposure, and possibly laser treatments or scar creams can help in scar management. Scars fade over time but may not disappear completely.

What should I do if I notice any complications?

  • If you notice signs of infection (like increased redness, swelling, or discharge), severe pain, or any other unusual symptoms, contact your surgeon immediately. Early intervention is crucial for any complications that may arise.

FAQs about Risks, Complications and Outcomes of Thigh Lift Surgery

What are the common risks associated with thigh lift surgery?

  • Like any surgical procedure, thigh lift surgery comes with inherent risks. These include complications related to anaesthesia, infection, bleeding, and blood clots. There’s also a risk of poor wound healing, which can lead to scarring or skin loss. Asymmetry between the thighs and changes in skin sensation are also possible.

How frequent are complications in thigh lift surgeries?

  • The frequency of complications varies based on the individual’s health, the skill of the plastic surgeon, and adherence to post-operative care instructions. While serious complications are relatively rare, minor issues like swelling and discomfort are common.

Can a thigh lift result in nerve damage?

  • There is a risk of temporary or, in rare cases, permanent nerve damage during a thigh lift. This can result in numbness or changes in skin sensation. Dr Soliman takes great care to minimise this risk, but it’s important to discuss this possibility before surgery.

What should I know about scarring from thigh lift surgery?

  • Scarring is an inevitable outcome of thigh lift surgery. The extent and visibility of scars depend on the type of thigh lift performed and the individual’s healing process. Dr Soliman makes efforts to place incisions in less visible areas, but some degree of scarring is unavoidable.

What are the long-term results of thigh lift surgery?

  • Thigh lift surgery provides long-lasting results. The improved contours and reduced sagging can be maintained for many years, especially if the patient maintains a stable weight and healthy lifestyle. But it’s important to have realistic expectations, as ageing and gravity will eventually affect the skin’s elasticity.

How does weight fluctuation affect the results of a thigh lift?

  • Significant weight fluctuations can negatively impact the results of thigh lift surgery. Gaining weight can lead to the accumulation of new fat cells and stretching of the skin, while losing weight might result in additional sagging or loose skin. To maintain the best results, it’s crucial for patients to keep a stable weight through a balanced diet and regular exercise.

Is the result of a thigh lift surgery permanent?

  • While the results of a thigh lift are considered long-lasting, they are not entirely permanent. Ageing, gravity, and lifestyle factors can affect the longevity of the results.

How can I maintain the results of my thigh lift?

  • Maintaining the results of a thigh lift involves leading a healthy lifestyle. This includes eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, avoiding significant weight fluctuations, and following good skin care practices. It’s also important to follow any specific advice given by Dr Soliman post-procedure.

Can a thigh lift affect my ability to exercise or participate in sports?

  • Initially, patients will need to avoid strenuous activities, including certain exercises and sports, to allow for proper healing. Once fully recovered, most patients can return to their regular exercise routines. In fact, many find that the improved contouring of their thighs enhances their ability to engage in physical activities.

FAQs about Choosing a Surgeon for Thigh Lift Surgery

What qualifications should I look for in a surgeon performing thigh lift surgery?

  • When choosing a surgeon for thigh lift surgery, look for board certification in plastic surgery. This ensures the surgeon has undergone the necessary training and adheres to high standards of practice. Additionally, check if they have specific experience in body contouring and thigh lift procedures. Credentials in reconstructive surgery are also beneficial.

How important is the surgeon’s experience specifically with thigh lift surgeries?

  • Experience in thigh lift surgeries is crucial. A surgeon with a substantial track record in this specific procedure is more likely to deliver satisfactory results and handle any potential complications effectively. Ask about the number of thigh lift surgeries they have performed and request to see before-and-after photos of previous patients.

What questions should I ask during a consultation with a potential surgeon?

  • During a consultation, ask about the surgeon’s experience with thigh lifts, their approach to the surgery, and the expected outcomes. Inquire about the risks, recovery process, and how complications are managed. Also, discuss the post-surgery support available. Understanding their approach to patient care before, during, and after the procedure is important.

How do hospital affiliations or the location of the surgery affect my choice of surgeon?

  • A surgeon’s hospital affiliations can indicate their standing in the medical community. Opt for a surgeon who operates in accredited facilities with access to state-of-the-art equipment and experienced support staff. The location of the surgery also matters for logistical reasons, such as travel and post-operative visits, so consider the proximity to your home for convenience and follow-up care.

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About Dr Bish Soliman

Dr Bish Soliman - Sydney Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, about us 01 2x
Specialist Plastic, Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgeon
FRACS (Plas), MS (Plas), MBBS (Hons 1), BCom

AHPRA Registered Medical Practitioner MED 0001679053 Specialist Registration in Plastic Surgery

Dr Bish Soliman is a Sydney-based Specialist Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon who performs aesthetic surgery of the face, breast, and body as well as skin cancer surgery.

He currently holds two consultant microsurgery positions in major Sydney hospitals performing complex microsurgical reconstruction including DIEP breast reconstruction.

After graduating from The King’s School, Dr Bish completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Sydney. After working briefly at a major Sydney finance firm, he decided to pursue his passion and long-term goal of a career in medicine. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame at the top of his class, receiving First class honours and the prestigious Bower and Sherrard medal. He then went on to complete his junior medical training at Westmead Hospital during which time he was awarded Junior Medical Officer (JMO) of the Year, as well as a finalist for NSW Doctor of the Year.


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