Medial
Thigh Lift

A medial thigh lift reshapes the upper inner thighs by removing excess skin and fat after weight loss or ageing.

Excess loose skin around the buttocks and thighs can minimise the visual effect of significant weight loss. After weight loss or ageing, a lack of skin elasticity often leaves hanging pockets of skin. This can affect your self-esteem and contribute to personal hygiene issues, infections and chronic rashes. Skin excess in these areas often causes chafing and discomfort.

A medial thigh lift reshapes the upper inner thighs by removing the excess skin and fat. As a result, the skin is tightened and the contour of the inner thigh is greatly improved.

The length of your incision (and resulting scar), will depend on the extent of the skin laxity — the amount and location of the excess skin to be removed.

Usually, the incision extends from the fold where the groin and thigh meet, along the inner part of the thigh towards the knee. From there, the excess skin is removed under controlled tension. In some cases, Dr Lim may recommend the incision to go below the knee if there is skin excess here. Some patients may also require a horizontal incision in the groin.

Dr Lim will do his best to minimise scarring, and the location and length of your incision will be discussed with you in the consultation process.

A medial or inner thigh lift may take three to four hours and is performed under general anaesthetic in an accredited hospital. You will be required to stay in hospital for one to two days following your surgery. Patients who have an inner thigh lift rarely require drains.

You may be provided with a supportive garment that will help decrease the bruising and swelling, which must be worn for a few weeks after the surgery. Dr Lim will review you post-operatively and will prescribe analgesia and antibiotics for you to continue at home.

My Klinik staff will stay in touch with you after the procedure, monitor your progress and answer any questions or concerns as they arise. You’ll have reviews with Dr Lim one week, three weeks, one month and three months after surgery.

Our goal is to make your experience as easy and comfortable as possible — Dr Lim and the My Klinik staff are always willing to answer any questions you may have.

Pre and Post-Operative Care

  • You must fast prior to your procedure — do not eat, drink (even water) or chew anything for at least six hours before your procedure. The hospital will ring you the day before your procedure to confirm your admission time.
  • If you have a gastric band or sleeve, you will need to have a fluid diet the day before your surgery and fast for at least eight hours on the day of your procedure.
  • Notify Dr Lim of any medications that you are currently taking.
  • Do not take any medication that contains aspirin, or any anti-inflammatory or herbal medication for two weeks before your procedure. Aspirin thins the blood, which can result in unnecessary blood loss during your procedure.
  • Do not smoke for eight weeks before and eight weeks after your procedure. Smoking decreases blood flow to the skin and may delay the healing process or result in tissue loss and unfavourable scars.
  • Do not drink any alcohol for two days before your procedure as it can interfere with the anaesthetic you will be given on the day.
  • Vitamin C may help reduce your healing time and is recommended for two weeks before and two weeks after surgery.
  • Do not wear any nail polish, make-up or jewellery to the hospital and leave any valuables at home.
  • You will need comfortable, loose clothing, like a tracksuit, to wear home from the hospital. This will prevent pressure on your wound as it will still be tender.
  • Dr Lim will normally visit you in the hospital the morning after your procedure.
  • General anaesthetic can take a few days to recover from — it can be quite normal to feel a little slow or out of sorts for a few days.
  • When you wake up you will have a firm bandage around your thighs and your legs will be elevated.
  • You may need to wear a compression garment day and night for up to six weeks — Dr Lim will advise you on this in more detail.
  • While you are in hospital you will be given medication for the pain. The amount of pain you feel after the operation varies from person to person. If you are concerned about the amount of pain you are in, or you feel you cannot control the pain, you should inform the nursing staff while in hospital, or call My Klinik if you are at home.
  • It is crucial that you finish the course of antibiotics you are prescribed.
  • While in hospital and at home, you will need to keep your bowels regular. This may involve taking an aperient prescribed by Dr Lim and drinking lots of water. Prune juice can also assist. If you have any trouble, please inform the nursing staff and medication can be given to assist you.
  • Avoid over exertion and activity for the first six weeks. Take care not to bump, strain or place any pressure on the surgical area. This includes lifting small children.
  • Prevent the formation of blood clots in your legs with gentle walks. You will be given small injections to assist with this while you are in hospital. Please continue to wear your below-knee compression stockings at home to minimise blood clots.
  • The area around your upper thighs may feel quite unusual for the first few weeks. It may feel tight and there may be reduced sensitivity in those areas. This may persist for a few weeks but will eventually return.
  • Healing time is individual to each person. We recommend that you have three weeks off work and avoid driving during this time — most people feel well recovered after three to six weeks.
  • Dr Lim will remove any remaining sutures at your one-week post-op checkup.
  • Do not smoke for eight weeks after your procedure as this may slow the healing process and affect wound healing.
  • Contact the rooms if any of the following develop:
    • A temperature higher than 38°C or chills
    • Heavy bleeding from the excision line or drain sites
    • Severe sudden pain or tenderness
    • Redness around the incisions that is spreading
    • Pain, tenderness or swelling around your calves.
  • My Klinik nursing staff will contact you to make sure that you are feeling comfortable and to confirm your one-week post-op checkup with Dr Lim.
  • Dr Lim and the nursing staff are available to you as you recover — should you have any concerns or questions, please don’t hesitate to contact My Klinik. For after-hours concerns, please contact the hospital where you had your surgery and they will be able to contact Dr Lim as required.

Medial Thigh Lift FAQs

You may be an excellent candidate for a medial thigh lift if you have experienced significant weight loss, have maintained your weight for several months, and find yourself with excess soft tissue around the thigh.  Our patients have significant thigh skin laxity and have realistic expectations for their results.

Your chances of having a smooth recovery are high if your weight is stable, you don’t smoke and you maintain good nutrition.

Your first consultation with Dr Lim will take around 45 minutes and you are most welcome to bring a support person with you. Due to social distancing measures as a result of COVID-19, the support person may not be able to enter the rooms (depending on the number of persons in the rooms at that particular time).

Dr Lim will take the time to discuss the procedure with you, and any other issues related to the appearance of your body that you feel are important to you. This will help Dr Lim understand your expectations and determine if they are achievable.

Dr Lim will explain the risks of surgery and discuss the methods of the body contouring surgery with you. Your body will be assessed, and a few measurements and photographs will be taken to plan the procedure.

You do not have to make the decision to proceed with the surgery at this initial consultation. You will be given a written quotation and information to take home to read.

Dr Lim will examine your body and assess the extent and location of the excess skin (based on what you consider to be problematic), your general health status, and your dedication to proper diet and exercise.

Please come to the consultation prepared to discuss your medical history. This will include information about any medical conditions you have, medications you are currently taking, allergies you have, other medical treatments you have received and any previous surgery you have had. You will also be asked whether you have suffered from any of the following:

  • Prolonged bleeding or excessive bruising when injured
  • Long term or recent illnesses
  • Psychological or psychiatric illnesses
  • Blood clots.

If you are planning to lose more weight, you will need to discuss this with Dr Lim. He may recommend that you stabilise your weight before undergoing surgery. You should also mention if you think you might want to become pregnant in the future.

A second consultation, at no extra cost, is usually required if you wish to proceed with surgery.

Avoid products that contain aspirin, glucosamine, fish oil and krill oil for four weeks before surgery. We also strongly recommend avoiding alcohol for a few days, and not smoking for eight weeks before and after surgery. Smoking can negatively affect the healing process.

In some cases, Dr Lim may recommend that you have blood tests or a scan to check for blood clots.

We want to make this experience as easy as possible — you will be given all pre-operative instructions prior to your procedure but please don’t hesitate to call My Klinik if you have any questions or concerns before your surgery.

Dr Lim performs all surgeries at fully accredited hospitals — Lakeview Private Hospital and Westmead Private Hospital. Body contouring surgery is performed under general anaesthetic and you can expect to be in hospital for one to two days.

Please contact the hospital a day before surgery to confirm your admission and fasting time. On entering the hospital, you need to report to the admissions desk and the staff will direct you through the admission process. Dr Lim and the anaesthetist will both see you prior to surgery and Dr Lim will make some markings on your body.

After the procedure, you will spend some time in the recovery room where you will be closely monitored until you are fully awake and returned to your room. Dr Lim will visit you in hospital the morning after your surgery.

You will have firm bandages around your thighs, which will be elevated on pillows. You will have calf compressors (inflatable devices) and TED or compression stockings on both legs, as well as anticoagulant injections to reduce the risk of blood clots/deep vein thrombosis. You will have a drip in your arm and be connected to a machine to give you pain relief, fluids and medication.

The first days after surgery are usually the most uncomfortable, particularly when you are moving around. Like most operations, it is not painless; the pain will be mild to moderate for about 48 hours. It is normal to feel tired and a little slow for a day or two following a general anaesthetic, and to experience bruising and swelling around the surgical sites. You will have dressings over your incisions and will be able to shower a few days after your surgery.

The first few days will be spent sitting in bed with legs elevated. We recommend short gentle walks.

You may be given a compression garment to wear in order to support the operation sites during the healing process, usually for four to six weeks.

Everyone is different, so the recovery period following this procedure varies from person to person — most people feel well recovered after four to six weeks. Avoid over exertion and activity for the first six weeks. Take care not to bump, strain or place any pressure on the surgical site. This includes lifting small children. Prevent the formation of blood clots in your legs with frequent gentle walks and mild foot and leg exercises.

Returning to work depends on the demands of your job — you may be able to return to light work within three weeks. Dr Lim will discuss your individual situation with you before and after your surgery.

Following extensive weight loss, the results after body contouring surgery are visible immediately. However, it may take up to a year for the final results to develop completely.

Provided that the patient does carry out all efforts to maintain their weight and practise good eating habits and exercise, the final outcome is permanent. Scars will remain, and some body firmness may be lost over time, due to the natural ageing process.

We endeavour to make sure our patients are as informed as possible. While some of the potential risks seem frightening, it is important for you to be aware that they can occur. During consultation, Dr Lim will take you through the risks involved and the potential complications.

Some of the possible complications are:

  • Infection
  • Unfavourable or unsightly scarring
  • Keloids and hypertrophic (or raised) scars
  • The final body shape may not be what the patient expected and may require further procedures
  • Asymmetry or distortion of the appearance of genitalia
  • Temporary numbness of the skin on the thighs
  • Sutured skin may not heal well, and a skin graft may be needed
  • Constrained movements
  • Fluid accumulation around the incision sites
  • Poor wound healing
  • Fat necrosis
  • In rare cases, patients may require a blood transfusion.

Dr Lim will monitor your progress carefully and our staff will stay in contact with you during the post-operative period. You will be seen at frequent intervals over the first six months. Your relationship with Dr Lim and the nursing staff does not end once you have had the procedure.

If you have any questions or concerns after your operation, you are always welcome to call My Klinik.

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