Which risks does a Thigh Lift have?
The thigh lift is a surgical procedure. Normal side effects such as bleeding, bruising and pain are to be expected, but these can be prevented by administering painkillers. It is rare for clots to form in the blood vessels after an operation; this is prevented with compression stockings and medication.
Basically, we avoid stressing your body by thoroughly measuring and drawing in the excess and sagging skin and fat tissue in advance. During the surgical removal we take care to make incisions that are as small as possible and inconspicuous.
Rare risks with a thigh lift are wound healing disorders. Due to the temporarily restricted mobility, there is also a medium risk of thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, which can be prevented by taking appropriate measures. Occasionally, fluid accumulations form in the wound area after removal of the wound drains, which are removed by needle puncture.
In the area of the groin and buttocks, a small amount of excess skin in the scar area cannot always be avoided. If necessary, this can be corrected in another small operation. Due to the pulling of the skin, the scars can sometimes spread a little, but these are further well concealed by clothing. It is very important to avoid gaining weight after the operation.
How does the thigh lift procedure with Dr von Isenburg &
Dr Neuhann-Lorenz work?
1 The personal information
Our team of specialists meets a very high standard of advice and information. We explain the options and achievable results in a prior consultation. In doing so, we pay particular attention to your concerns and ideas – you should ideally have noted these down beforehand in order to facilitate a comprehensive consultation.
Dr von Isenburg and Dr Neuhann-Lorenz will also be happy to answer any questions you may have after the consultation, either by telephone or in a further personal meeting.
As a result of these information sessions, you sign a consent form in which you allow the agreed treatment and confirm that you have been informed about the treatment and the associated risks.
2 Preparation for treatment
Rest before the procedure is very important for the success of the thigh lift. You should be in as good a health condition as possible. You should pay particular attention to limiting your own nicotine and alcohol consumption to a minimum. This will considerably increase the chances of healing and success.
The intake of hormone-containing medication (contraceptive pill, hormone replacement preparations) must be temporarily discontinued if necessary. Under no circumstances should you take aspirin or medicines containing acetylsalicylic acid for at least 14 days before the procedure.
3 Procedure of the operation
Before the operation, the incision is precisely marked on the standing patient. The standard incision is crescent-shaped and runs from the groin to the buttock crease, resulting in a line-shaped scar in the crotch region. Only in particularly extensive cases is an additional vertical downward incision required in the centre, resulting in a T-shaped scar.
After skin incision in the area of the marked incision, the subcutaneous tissue of the entire inner thigh is bluntly detached from the muscle layer to increase the tightening result. In case of disturbing fat pads, liposuction is additionally performed in these areas to improve the shape of the thighs.
Subsequently, drainages (so-called Redon drainages) are inserted, which drain off the wound secretion and fluid accumulations in the wound area in vacuum bottles. A previously fitted girdle is applied for compression.