The medial thigh lift procedure removes the excess fat and skin from the upper inner thighs. As you age, or if you are overweight, this area will lose its firmness and elasticity. Even though exercise can strengthen muscles below the surface, it will not necessarily improve the skin’s laxity. Liposuction can only work in this area if your thigh tissue is reasonably firm, but not if you have lax or excess skin. This procedure can be performed alone or in conjunction with other surgical procedures such as an abdominoplasty or body lift procedures.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it right for me?
Medial thigh lift surgery is a very personal decision and you should have realistic goals and expectations before undergoing surgery. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your upper thighs because of sagging, excess skin, and cellulite and you are considering surgery, Dr Vlad Milovic will examine your thighs during your initial consultation. He will then evaluate how a medial thigh lift procedure can achieve an improvement and meet your goals and expectations. But if you are in good health and you are a non-smoker (or you are prepared to give up smoking for at least six weeks prior to and after surgery) there should be no reason why you should not have medial thigh lift surgery.
Will I need anaesthesia?
Medial thigh lift surgery is most often performed under general anaesthesia and will require a hospital stay. The procedure can take between two to three hours to complete.
Modern anaesthesia is safe and effective, but it does have some risks. Ask Dr Milovic and your Anaesthetist for more information. You can be assured that Dr Milovic will engage the services of a qualified Anaesthetist who is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and NZ College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) to perform your sedation and/or general anaesthesia.
Dr Milovic and/or your anaesthetist will ask you about all the medications you are taking or have taken, and any allergies you may have. Please make sure you have an up-to-date list before the surgery.
Will I have scarring?
Scars are an inevitable part of any surgery, and there can be no guarantee for a perfect outcome. Dr Milovic will endeavour to minimise scarring and to keep your scars as inconspicuous as possible. After surgery, scars are typically reddish in colour but these will fade in time to a light pink. After one or two years the scars should become barely noticeable. In our experience, most of our patients believe that the aesthetic results of the procedure are well worth the resulting scars.
If scarring is a concern for you after surgery, Dr Milovic will provide you with a scar treatment plan to expedite the healing of your scars. There are several treatment options including silicone gel and laser.
We have the Palomar® Artisan laser system, which is proven to give excellent results for scar reduction. Laser offers a non-invasive solution that uses fractional laser technology to deliver rapid, reliable scar removal with minimal healing time, minimal infection risk, and little to no pain.
What are the risks with Medial Thigh Lift surgery?
As with all surgery there are risks and potential complications. Dr Milovic will discuss these with you prior to any surgery taking place.
Where will the surgery take place?
Dr Milovic will only perform your medial thigh lift surgery in safe, accredited operating facilities.
What is the recovery period after Medial Thigh Lift surgery?
Recovery time will vary from patient to patient and will also depend on the extent of the surgery. But expect at least two to six weeks off from work (depending on your occupation) to allow for complete rest. It typically takes two to three weeks for all swelling and bruising to disappear. A compression garment is recommended for at least three weeks and light exercise, such as walking, may be resumed within four to five days. Strenuous exercise should be avoided for at least six weeks. You will be given post-surgical instructions to follow and if you have any questions, please speak to Dr Milovic and/or his Practice Nurse.
What are the costs?
Cost is always a consideration in elective surgery, but it should not be the only consideration. You have the right to be informed about the costs you can expect, before you have your surgery. This is called ‘informed financial consent’.
Costs associated with the procedure may include:
- Dr Milovic’s surgical fee
- Accredited hospital or surgical facility costs
- Anaesthesia fees
- Prescriptions for medication
- Post-surgery garments
- Medical tests
After your initial consultation with Dr Milovic, you will receive a written estimate of fees and an information pack to read before your second pre-surgery appointment. The second appointment is free of charge. Once you book your surgery, you will also see our staff who will take your pre-operative photos.
As Dr Milovic personalises each procedure for each patient, we are unable to provide you with a price estimate or “ball park” price range without first meeting Dr Milovic at an initial consultation and after he considers you to be a good surgical candidate.