Leg Lift Surgery
The legs are the largest limbs in the human body. It is also a focal point when one looks at the physique. Legs are sensual, sexy, and can easily give away a person’s health, well-being, and lifestyle. When one strolls down the beach in swimwear, the legs play an integral part in the whole look.
But unlike other parts of the body, the legs are especially difficult to shape and tone. Exercise is sometimes not enough, and in worst-case scenarios, bad genetics can severely hinder the further natural development of the legs’ shape. In these cases, getting leg lift surgery is a good option to achieve the best look for one’s legs.
What is leg lift surgery?
Leg lift surgery is the cosmetic procedure that improves the shape, size, and overall appearance of the legs. The way this is done varies depending on the requirements of the patient. Surgeons can either use implants to augment the size and improve the shape, or pull and tighten tissue and skin to tone, among others.
Leg lift step-by-step procedure
Before even thinking about getting leg lift surgery, a patient must be very careful in choosing the right surgeon. This should be determined by the patient’s preferences, the surgeons’ reputation and medical record, and lastly, the cost. Once the patient has chosen a surgeon, he can request for an appointment, and will be brought in for a consultation.
This consultation is generally aimed to inform the patient of the procedure. He will explain how things will be done as the patient informs the surgeon of what they want to achieve with the operation.
The surgeon then takes careful measurements of the legs, and once the proper information is gathered, the patient is prepared for surgery.
Anesthesia is used during the surgery. Depending on the amount of work that needs to be done, it will either be a local anesthesia in the target area, or a general anesthesia. An incision is then made in the upper inner thighs, sometimes all the way into the lower inner thigh, and at which point, the excess skin and fat is “lifted,” and the leg tissues are pulled in to the desired positions.
Once the procedure is done, the skin is closed with sutures, and these can be removed in around 1-2 weeks, depending on the patient’s physiology.
The procedure only takes around two to four hours, depending on the extent of the work needed, and final results can be seen in around 3 weeks to 1 month.
Possible risks, complications, and recovery time
Because of the size and nature of the incision, infection is a risk. It is imperative that the patient diligently take the prescribed medication in the correct manner in order to minimize this. Nerve damage may occur, and can weaken the leg during recovery. Improper surgery can also result in an asymmetric appearance, as well as wrinkling and discoloration of the skin.
Minor recovery takes place between one to two weeks, in which case, people can usually go back to work. But any strenuous sport or physical activity can only be done after four to six weeks.