Thigh Lift Surgeon
- Length: 2-3 hours
- Anesthesia: general
- In/Outpatient: based on your health, this is generally an outpatient procedure
- Side Effects: bruising, swelling, tightness, numbness, discomfort
- Risks: bleeding, infection, scarring, accumulation of fluid along the incision line, asymmetry, skin irregularities, loss of sensation, blood clot in the leg or lungs
Return to work: 2-3 weeks
Light exercise: 4 weeks
Swelling completely resolves: 6 months
The thighs are notoriously difficult to slim and tone; even weight loss surgery or significant weight loss through diet and exercise can leave excess skin and fat deposits hanging from the upper thighs. Since skin does not contain any muscle, loose skin does not respond to exercise at all and can only be fully corrected with surgery. Thigh lift surgery targets the extra skin and fat, removing the fat permanently by liposuction and then removing the excess skin to firm up the inner thigh. Dr. Benchetrit is an experienced body sculpting surgeon who works with Montreal thigh lift patients and is in fact one of the few Quebec-based surgeons to do so.; he maintains a reputation of excellence and patient satisfaction. If you are interested in toning up your thighs, schedule a consultation with Dr. Benchetrit today by calling 514-695-7450.
The Thigh Lift Consultation
During your thigh lift consultation, it’s critical for Dr. Benchetrit to ascertain what your goals of thigh lift surgery are. You should be able to clearly identify what you do not like about your thighs and what your desired results are. Dr. Benchetrit can then determine whether your goals are reasonable and if thigh lift surgery is appropriate for your needs. He will take other information — such as your medical history and general health — into account when making this decision.
Dr. Benchetrit will also explain how you can best prepare for thigh lift surgery; some of his suggestions may include smoking cessation prior to surgery, avoiding certain medications and eating healthfully to encourage a speedy recovery. Dr. Benchetrit will also show you “thigh lift before and after” photos of previous patients on whom he has performed the same procedure so you can have an idea of what to expect. Our entire team will try to educate you as much as possible about the procedure so that you can make informed decisions about your care.
Vectra 3D Photography
Dr. Benchetrit is one of the very few surgeons in Canada to own the Vectra 3D photography system. This revolutionary device can take 3D photos of the thighs and simulate the results of the planned surgery on a computer screen. This makes it easier for the patient to make her decision and, by giving a “preview” of the final result, takes much of the worry out of the process.
Thigh Lift Surgical Techniques
For most patients, Dr. Benchetrit makes the thigh lift incision strictly in the groin, to make the eventual scar inconspicuous and easy to hide under most bathing suits and undergarments. In patients with very significant amounts of loose skin, an optional additional vertical incision extending along the inner thigh to the knee can also be used to improve results. Through the incision(s), he uses liposuction techniques to remove excess fat and tightens the remaining tissue. Then, he removes excess skin and stretches the skin more tightly across the inner thigh, stitching it into place with self-dissolving sutures. Finally, Dr. Benchetrit will place a compression garment around the thighs.
Dr. Benchetrit is known for using techniques to minimize scarring after surgery. He will conceal the surgical incisions as much as possible, and can recommend a protocol of products to use after surgery to cut down on visible scarring. If you are particularly prone to scarring, please bring this to Dr. Benchetrit’s attention during your initial surgical consultation.
The Day of Surgery
Thigh lift surgery is usually performed at the Lakeshore General Hospital. You will first be greeted by experienced medical personnel who will put you at ease while preparing you for surgery. An anesthesiologist will then administer a general anesthesia to help you sleep comfortably during surgery and avoid feeling any pain. After Dr. Benchetrit is finished with your thigh lift, you’ll recover for several hours in a recovery room. Afterwards, you will need to have a loved one pick you up and escort you home and look after you for a day or so. Your mobility may be limited so it’s important to have a caretaker tending to your needs for the first 24 hours at home.
Recovering from Thigh Lift
Your thighs will feel tight, sore and swollen after surgery; these are normal and temporary side effects. Dr. Benchetrit will recommend you wear a compression garment for several weeks to reduce swelling. Any discomfort can be treated with pain medication that he will prescribe.
It will take several weeks for your thighs to heal. During this time, you should avoid doing anything to strain your body, including most strenuous exercise. Dr. Benchetrit will advise how long you should take off from work and exercise, and he will follow up with you in person to check your healing and clear you to return to your normal activities.
Why Choose Dr. Benchetrit For Your Surgery?
Dr. Benchetrit is an experienced plastic surgeon who has performed several hundred thigh lifts. Many plastic surgeons refer their thigh lift patients to him as this is a procedure where experience is the key to obtaining a good result. He is board-certified, familiar with the latest technologies and techniques, and has obtained a very high degree of satisfaction for his patients. Dr. Benchetrit spends a lot of time in the consultation process explaining the different options and helping the patient select the right procedure for her desired result. With the help of the Vectra 3D photo system, patients can “preview” the results of their surgery on a computer screen to help them decide if this is exactly what they want.
Learn More about Thigh Lift
Would you like leaner, firmer thighs? Contact Montreal plastic surgeon Arie Benchetrit at 514-695-7450 to schedule a thigh lift consultation and learn more about this body sculpting procedure. Call or email our practice today.