Thigh cosmetic surgery internal part lift

The familiar meaning of Lifting is "Rejuvenation and renovation operation." This term is commonly used for facial areas, when it comes to the thigh it is also known as a cruroplasty or crural lifting.

What are the motivations for a thigh lift ?

The thighs are often subject to a loss of skin elasticity. Aging, pregnancy, significant weight loss are often the causes of excess fat in the inner thigh.

The Crural Lifting is the appropriate response when a single lipoaspiration is not enough because the loosening of the skin is too important.

A sagging skin is a disgrace that can sometimes be uncomfortable, give a complex and make clothing difficult.

This can affect both the physical and psychological aspects.

What are the objectives of cosmetic surgery ?

The intervention of a crural lifting aims to reduce excessive fat infiltration, to achieve the removal of excess skin, and redrape everything for a more harmonious result and a slimmer body shape.

What happens during the surgery ?

Lipoaspiration is not practiced routinely, only if there is a fatty infiltration. Then the excess skin is removed, afterwards your surgeon makes a deep attachment on the top of the inside of the thigh (on the faschia).

This attachment keeps the correction of sagging skin and prevents the scar to come back down.

The whole is redrapé with sutures more or less important depending on the condition of your skin sagging. After surgery a compression bandage is made.

+ What is the type of anesthesia ?

According to the case, anesthesia may be local, deep if administered intravenously by tranquilizers or general.

This will be the subject of a discussion between you and your surgeon during a consultation.

+ And the scar ?

The scar is hidden in a natural fold and remains quite discreet.

There are two types of scars :

  • The most common is horizontal: it follows the fold that separates the inner thigh from the genital organs,
  • more rarely it is T-shaped: associated with the horizontal scar, a second vertical one is located on the inner face of the thigh.

+ How long is the surgery ?

It generally varies from 1 to 2 hours but depends on the extent of the intervention.

What are the postoperative courses ?

Hospitalization ranges from 1 to 2 days.

The postoperative course is not very painful, limited to tightness and decreased with treatment of pain medication.

Bruising (bruises) and an edema (swelling) appear on the treated area, but gradually disappear.

A work stoppage can be prescribed according to your business activity.

Sport and great efforts are not recommended throughout the first 6 weeks, during the first healing period.

The scar, often pale pink the first 3 months, gradually fades over 1 to 2 years. This evolution only depends on the patient capability of healing.

Treated areas should not be exposed to UV for at least 4 months to prevent a skin pigmentation.

What is the expected result ?

Noticeable after 6 to 12 months, the aesthetic effect is significant, with a real physical and psychological benefit. Your silhouette has new curves, a new harmony.

Thanks to experience and technical progresses, the results of this intervention have greatly improved in recent years.

What are the possible complications ?

Following any operation whatsoever , certain complications can occur, the first ones related to the medical activity and the others to anesthesia.

Although possible complications only represent a small percentage, it is necessary to know them.

+ What are the specific risks of anesthesia ?

During your obligatory talk with the anesthetist, he will inform you in detail of the risks of anesthesia.

It is useful to know besides that during the last twenty years, the risks have not been eradicated but remain almost insignificant.

+ What are the specific risks of the surgery ?

During the consultations with your surgeon all the possible complications will be detailed to you .

To inform you previously, here are the possible risks :

  • An imperfection of the result which could lead to alterations.
  • A skin necrosis (clearly incited by smoking as well as obesity) often remains limited, rarely important.
  • An infection, prevented by a meticulous pre-and postoperative hygiene until healing is completed, may require drainage or antibiotic treatment.
  • Bleeding and hematoma can sometimes be observed and may require evacuation or puncture in order not to alter the result.
  • A change in sensitivity in the upper region of the inside of the thigh is common and disappears after 3 to 6 months.
  • Thromo-embolic accidents (phlebitis, pulmonary embolism), the most serious complication, are exceptional and precautions are taken to reduce risk.


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