When we gain weight, the skin stretches to accommodate the extra tissue. However, when we lose weight, the stretched skin often doesn't bounce back. As a result, people who have lost a lot of weight may be left with loose, sagging skin. In some cases, surgery may be the only way to fix the problem.
Limitation, risks, and complications
- Body lift procedures are not intended only for removal of excess fatty tissue. If there is good skin elasticity, liposuction can be done to remove the excess fat.
- Thigh lifts are best for removing extra loose skin between the legs. It is not meant to reduce a large amount of excess fat. If you have a lot of excess fat, you may benefit from a weight loss program, weight loss surgery, or liposuction prior to undergoing a thigh lift. Risks include poor wound healing, bleeding, infection, fluid collections, wound separation, asymmetry, deep fatty tissue may die (fat necrosis), skin discoloration and/or swelling, spitting sutures, poor appearance of scars, numbness or changes to sensation on the skin, and need for additional operations.
- If you have swelling in one leg, pain in the legs, shortness of breath, chest pain, or abnormal beating of the heart, you should immediately go to the emergency room.