Arm and Thigh Lift

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Thigh Lift

A thigh lift is a surgical procedure that removes skin and fat from the thighs to tighten the skin and improve the contour of the legs. A thigh lift may also be performed in combination with another type of surgery, for instance in combination with an arm lift or liposuction.

The procedure requires an incision in the groin area, sometimes extending downward around the back of the thigh, depending on the results desired by the patient. These incisions are placed so that they can be hidden by the patient’s clothing. An inner thigh lift may only require an incision in the groin area, and is perfect for patients with a moderate amount of skin and fat in the inner thigh area. An outer thigh lift necessitates an incision stretching from the groin and can often lift the buttocks in addition to the thigh. These procedures are common in patients that have lost considerable weight.

As Dr. Lewis states,

“Embarrassing flaps of skin and fat on the legs as well as the arms can effectively be removed with this procedure.”

More formidable cases of excessive skin require a more extensive removal of excessive skin and fat. A resulting longitudinal scar travels from the knee to the groin along the inner (medial) surface of the thigh. This is often accompanied with the groin scar, forming a reverse “L” or “T” pattern. This permits the greatest removal of skin and fat and is the most effective of the thigh lifting techniques. Dr. Lewis will discuss with you which particular procedure will be most effective for your individual situation.

What to Expect

The thigh lift procedure is generally performed in two to three hours under general anesthesia as an outpatient.

Preprocedure

You will need a ride to and from the surgery center. You should dress comfortably the day of surgery. Prior to surgery you should try and get as much rest as possible. You will visit with Dr. Lewis at least twice before surgery to discuss your desires and expectations.

Postprocedure

After surgery, thigh lift patients may experience mild bruising, swelling and soreness. Discomfort is generally proportionate to the extent of the operation. Occasionally, an overnight stay may be required. In either case, pain medication and anti-inflammatory methods will be prescribed. The patient will wear a compression garment to minimize swelling and promote proper healing. The results of the surgery will be immediately noticeable and will continually improve as swelling and other symptoms recede.

A light activity is usually possible after less than two weeks, while most physical activity is permitted at four to six weeks. Discuss your particular situation with Dr. Lewis before surgery to ensure proper expectations after the procedure.

Arm Lift

As with the thigh lift, this procedure is commonly performed in patients that have lost considerable weight. The procedure itself and expectations after surgery are very similar to thigh lift surgery. Occasionally, liposuction alone can be used to improve upper arm contour or in combination with skin excision.

Procedure Description

An arm lift is an effective operation that can provide noticeable improvements in the underarm contour. By removing the excessive skin and fat, a more pleasing and toned arm contour can be achieved. There can be a number of different scar patterns depending on the technique used; Dr. Lewis will go over the specific course of action for your particular situation.

What to Expect

The arm lift procedure is performed under general anesthesia and takes approximately two hours from start to finish.

Preprocedure

You will need a ride to and from the surgery center. You should dress comfortably the day of surgery. Prior to surgery you should try and get as much rest as possible. You will visit with Dr. Lewis at least twice before surgery to discuss your desires and expectations.

Postprocedure

You can return home approximately 90 minutes following the surgery. You will be asked to wear a compressive garment after surgery. Also, you may be a candidate for various scar treatment regimens after this particular procedure.

 

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