The thigh lift procedure is an outpatient procedure performed in the calm confines of Dr. Preminger’s private New York office. Make sure you arrange for someone to take you home after you wake up in recovery. It may also be prudent to have someone stay with you for the first night following surgery in case there are any unforeseen issues.
First, anesthesia is administered. This can be either general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. You will sleep peacefully through the 3-4 hour procedure. The length of the thigh lift surgery is based on the amount of skin that needs to be removed.
There are two types of common thigh lifts—a medial thigh lift addresses problems with the inner thigh, while a lateral thigh lift tightens excess skin on the front and outside of the leg.
If an inner thigh lift is being performed, Dr. Preminger makes an incision at the intersection of the thigh and groin. A portion of skin and underlying fat is extracted and the incision is sutured, resulting in a smoother, shapelier, tighter skin contour and improved skin elasticity.
In a lateral thigh lift, which is often the technique of choice after a large weight loss, an incision is made at the top of the thigh and extended outward towards the hip, strategically placed to potentially be hidden by traditional bathing suits or underwear. A section of skin is excised and the remaining skin is elevated and tightened, and the incision closed. A lateral thigh lift aims to enhance the contours and elasticity of both the outer and inner leg.
In some cases, Dr. Preminger may recommend a medial thigh lift with only minimal incisions in the groin area.
Once the surgery is completed, Dr. Preminger will use deep support sutures in the underlying tissues to help form the new contours. Common sutures will then be used to close the skin incisions. You’ll be wheeled into a comfortable and quiet recovery area in the care of a licensed nurse who will watch over you as you gently wake up.