Thigh Lift Surgery
A thigh lift plastic surgery is a relatively low risk body contouring procedure. Complications, if they occur, can usually be addressed quickly and effectively. However, it’s still crucial to have full awareness about the potential risks that are inherent to any surgical procedure as well as any risks that are specific to a thigh lift.
A dedicated surgeon will make sure that you know about the risks and downsides of a thigh lift before you sign the consent forms to go ahead with your surgery. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie provides thigh lift surgery to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, and Los Angeles, and surrounding communities.
Potential Thigh Lift Complications
Potential risks and complications that are common to most types of cosmetic surgery procedures as well as those that are specific to thigh lift are described as follows:
In most cases, an inner thigh lift will not create a very visible scar because the incision is placed along the groin region. However, an outer thigh lift is likely to leave a more conspicuous scar. A skilled plastic surgeon can hide the scars in relatively discreet locations.
In some cases, your thigh lift cosmetic surgery incisions may reopen within days or weeks after your procedure. This is a fairly common occurrence, and your surgeon will be able to clean and close the incisions carefully in their office itself.
Fluid or blood may accumulation under the skin in your incision sites, which can pose a higher risk of infection and exacerbate the swelling. Temporary drainage tubes are usually placed to avoid this risk, but if seroma still occurs, your surgeon will know the techniques to drain out the collected fluid from the tissue.
Some degree of infection risk is unavoidable in any surgical procedure. You should be careful when emptying the drainage tubes, changing the dressing, or bathing. Your surgeon may prescribe antibiotic medications to minimize your risk of post-op infection.
Following a thigh lift plastic surgery, some amount of bleeding is expected. But if the bleeding is prolonged or excessive, it is a cause for concern, and you should inform your surgeon right away. Avoid blood thinning medications and NSAIDs for a few days to mitigate this risk.
After your thigh lift surgery, very small blood clots may sometimes develop, resulting in hard spots near your incision sites. These clots will usually dissolve on their own, but if they persist, your surgeon can review your condition and decide if any treatment is necessary.
Deep Vein Thrombosis
This is one of the rare but serious risks in any major surgical procedure. A significant clot may occur in the leg, which could travel to other body areas, such as the lungs, heart, or brain. A skilled surgeon will take all necessary steps to mitigate this risk prior to your thigh lift surgery.
A committed and judicious plastic surgeon will ensure that you have naturally symmetrical and proportional thighs after your surgeon. However, a poorly planned surgery or an unexpected medical issue may lead to asymmetry in the thighs, necessitating a revision surgery.
Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie receives patients from Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, and Los Angeles, and nearby areas for thigh lift surgery.
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