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Thigh Lift Surgery Scarring

Scarring with thigh lift surgery depends on a number of factors. As with all surgery, to a great extent, the quality of scarring depends on individual patient characteristics, genetics, skin type and ethnicity. Different patients can develop scars of differing qualities even when thigh lift surgery is performed by the same surgeon using the exact same technique. Post-operative care and a commitment to healing the incisions optimally is crucial to developing minimal scars. Generally, this involves proper wound care (to be explained by Toronto thigh lift surgeon, Dr. Backstein), wearing post-operative garments consistently, and refraining from exercise and heavy activity for the suggested period of time. It is critical to discontinue smoking completely for 3 weeks prior to and 3 weeks after surgery to avoid the adverse effects of smoking on plastic surgery. Interventions can also be of great value post-operatively to optimize thigh lift scars. These interventions include vitamin E ointments and creams, silicone tapes, massage, and laser therapy.

Scars will also be short or long depending on which type of thigh lift was performed. Depending on the extent of loose skin on the thighs, either a modified thigh lift or full thigh lift will be recommended. A modified thigh lift is suggested for more minor cases of redundant thigh skin and uses a relatively short incision placed horizontally in the crease between the thigh and pubic region. A full thigh lift is suggested for more extensive cases and uses a long incision placed extending from the upper thigh to around the knee on the inside of the thigh. Some patients will also be candidates for alternatives to thigh lift surgery to recontour their thighs.

Dr. Backstein has found over years of performing thigh lift surgery that the benefit of the procedure drastically outweighs the scarring and that this procedure has an extremely high patient satisfaction rate.

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