Thigh lift recovery tips primarily aim to keep swelling to a minimum and minimize the risk of wound separation, according to California Surgical Institute website.
The first and most critical step to minimize risk of wound healing problems and other complications following thigh lift is to conduct strict patient selection. First and foremost, the surgery is only reserved for near normal weight, healthy individuals whose cosmetic goals can be achieved by surgery. This “core principle” applies to any elective plastic surgery.
The first 2-3 weeks postop is the most critical period in which the patient must be moving slowly to prevent pulling on the incisions. It is important to note that small wound separations are not uncommon after thigh lift surgery due to tension, effects of gravity, and thigh’s susceptibility to swelling.
All efforts are made to prevent “compromising” the wound, which typically extends from the groin down to the knee, because wound separations take time to heal.
Once the incisions are clinically healed, which happens 2-3 weeks postop, it may be safe to surmise that the most challenging part of recovery is over. Nonetheless, it remains critical to “keep things slow” (i.e., avoid heavy lifting, sudden movement, and strenuous activities) for about 4-6 weeks.
Keeping swelling to a minimum is one of the most critical thigh lift recovery tips. The use of compression garments is particularly helpful as they prevent or at least limit seroma (fluid formation) and thus promote healing.
Furthermore, a balanced diet, particularly low in sodium, can keep postop swelling to a minimum. It is important to note that too much salt triggers the body to hold on to more water, thus aggravating the swollen appearance.
Propping up the legs with “bed wedge pillow” while resting or sleeping can also control the amount of swelling. While ordinary pillows can also be used, wedges are sturdier and are more convenient to use.
Meanwhile, the scar must not be exposed to the sun for at least six months to help it fade into a fine line. To further promote “favorable scarring,” many surgeons also recommend silicone sheets, scar gels, and other similar modalities.
Renowned Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Tarick Smiley has started using social media platforms, including Snapchat, to educate more patients about popular plastic surgeries such as breast augmentation, tummy tuck, body lift after weight loss, facelift, and rhinoplasty (nose job).
Despite already using mainstream social network media such as Facebook, Dr. Smiley has decided to utilize Snapchat as it offers unique tools that make it easy to disseminate videos, photos, and brief explanations geared towards users who might be considering cosmetic plastic surgery.
Unlike most social networks, Snapchat posts are not buried in a busy timeline, allowing followers to view videos and photos easily, although these are only available between 1 and 10 seconds.
While it may sound counterintuitive, the brief “lifespan” of “Snaps” could lead to users’ undivided attention.
And because Snapchat focuses on images and videos, it gives faster information compared with “written” contents, making them popular among online users.
To further reach out to more people and help them make an informed decision, Dr. Smiley makes all the effort to use layman’s term when explaining how he performs his surgeries, including ways to achieve natural results and minimize or eliminate potential risks.
The qualifications of liposuction doctors will largely determine the success rate of your surgery. For this reason, their education, training, certification, and experience will be the most crucial variables you should look into, while the price and “celebrity” status must be treated with less importance.
A board certification in plastic surgery means the surgeon has adequate training relevant to the field. Take note that some states allow any licensed doctor to offer cosmetic surgeries even if his specialty is “non-surgical.”
According to surveys, non-specialists contribute to the vast majority of botched plastic surgeries. Meanwhile, surgeons who have passed the rigorous exams of the American Board of Plastic Surgery have a notably low complication rate because of their extensive training in using sterile equipment and surgical techniques.
Expertise in diagnosis and emergency management of surgical and postop complications, and residency training in plastic surgery that includes liposuction and body contouring procedures are the qualifications your surgeon should possess.
Of course, extensive hands-on liposuction training is also essential.
Pick a doctor who performs liposuction on a regular basis. Take note that cosmetic plastic surgeons often perform a wide range of aesthetic procedures, so it makes sense to choose someone who focuses on fat removal.
- Hospital privilege and facility accreditation
Board-certified plastic surgeons only operate in accredited, Medicare-certified, and/or state-licensed facilities. Keep in mind that accreditation means that the surgical center or hospital has met patient-safety standards and sanitation and building codes.
While your general physician or friend’s recommendation is a good place to start, you should always verify if your doctor is “appropriately” board certified. You may want to visit the website of the American Board of Medical Specialties, which allows the public to check if their plastic surgeon is the “real deal.”
Choosing the “right” surgeon may seem like selecting a good-fitting shoe; it’s primarily about finding a good match based on your size and measurement. For this reason, even a highly reputable liposuction doctor is not the “right one” for every patient.
You and your surgeon must have good communications and rapport, which according to studies can lead to high patient satisfaction. The idea is that both parties agree on realistic goals and communicate their feelings well.
Body contouring surgeries require a good eye for detail since the goal is to improve one’s figure in the most natural way possible. In liposuction, it is important to create smooth results and preserve the natural contours and valleys of the body.
Breast implants financing comes in many forms: bank loans, personal savings, home equity loans, doctor’s payment plans, and regular or healthcare credit cards. Each option has its own pros and cons a patient must be aware of to help her make a sound decision.
Healthcare credit cards are becoming a popular financing option of patients seeking breast augmentation or any type of plastic surgery. They work just like the traditional credit cards; the only difference is that they are limited to medical services and procedures.
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Some say that healthcare credit cards are better than regular credit cards because they preclude unscrupulous use of such credit line. Nevertheless, both share the same benefits and “traps.”
Due to stiff competition, many healthcare credit cards offer zero-interest loan for up to a year, although it comes with one major caveat: They penalize late borrowers with a high interest rate that could be as steep as 20 percent of the APR (annual percentage rate).
Other lenders, meanwhile, allow borrowers to pay only their interest and defer full payment for as long as five years.
A high interest rate for creditors who mainly finance [medical] services is almost necessary because unlike traditional lenders who can repossess tangible assets like properties and cars, they cannot recoup their losses with breast implants.
Because of unscrupulous practices or disadvantageous arrangements offered by some healthcare credit cards and other lenders, some doctors have expressed their disapproval of such financing programs altogether.
And even those plastic surgeons who are affiliated with or offer financing options advise their patients to do their due diligence by reading the fine print and understanding the ramifications, especially those related to penalties should they miss a payment.
Aside from the steep interest rate, using regular or healthcare credit cards could lead to higher fees since plastic surgeons also have to pay an interest fee (or merchant’s fee), which they could pass on to their patients.
For this reason, many surgeons provide incentives—i.e., reduced fees—if their patients pay them in cash.
Another viable breast implants financing option is loan from a bank in which the patient already has a credit history. More often than not, it provides better payment plans and has lower interest rates than most healthcare credit cards and lenders that specifically finance medical services.
Also, “personal” banks do not charge plastic surgeons a fee, a common practice of regular and health care credit cards.
Showbiz bloggers have come up with the term pillow face to describe celebrities with too much dermal fillers, which of course leads to the unnatural appearance. However, volumizers such as Restylane and Sculptra are not supposed to result in “plastic surgery look” as long as they are used in the right location and correct amount.
Dr. Karan Dhir, a celebrity Beverly Hills plastic surgeon who specializes in facial rejuvenation procedures, explains the techniques on how to maximize the effects of dermal fillers without resulting in chipmunk cheeks or pillow face.
* It is not just about filling the hollowed area. One of the most common mistakes of inexperienced doctors is to “fill lines” and inject large amounts of dermal fillers without even bothering to reshape the treated area. This over-aggressive approach results in duck lips, chipmunk cheeks, and overall swollen appearance.
Dr. Dhir highlights the importance of contouring the face in a way that it looks natural and rejuvenated. For instance, lip injection can provide good results if the surgeon maintains the “bow” appearance.
* Take the conservative route. Instead of dumping large amounts of dermal fillers, it is not uncommon for prudent doctors to perform two or more treatments performed several weeks apart. The idea is to wait for the patients to get used to their appearance and assess if there is a need for additional injections.
By avoiding the overfilled appearance, prudent doctors are able to preserve the natural shape of the eyes, cheeks, lips, and mouth area.
* Understand that each dermal filler may have different effects. Sculptra is ideal for correcting the hollowed temples, jaw line, and cheeks because of its smooth consistency, leading to a more natural look and feel. Radiesse, meanwhile, is believed to be more suitable for deep lines and smaller facial depression due to its thicker consistency.
* Correct depth of injection. While the superficial placement of fillers can correct the gaunt appearance, doing so could weigh down the skin, leading to the saggy appearance. For this reason, some patients also need additional support to achieve good results from dermal fillers.
Deeper filler placement is usually important in cheek augmentation via dermal fillers because it is ideal to create some support and lifting effect. But for this to be possible, the volumizer should be stiff enough or has the right consistency.
Proper angle and depth of injection not only provides natural results, but also prevents lumpiness, migration, and other telltale signs of dermal fillers.