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The Risks of Thigh Lift Surgery

Thigh lift surgery is no more dangerous than any other type of cosmetic surgery as long as it is performed by an experienced and skilled plastic surgeon. At your first appointment with the surgeon he will ask you a series of questions about your medical history, your overall level of health, your goals for the surgery, your lifestyle, your work and so on. Make sure to answer all of his questions honestly. The surgical procedure will be explained to you fully including the risk factors involved. If there are points that you need clarified then do not hesitate to ask.

Some patients who are displeased by various areas of their body make the decision to have a thigh lift in combination with abdominoplasty and liposuction. While a plastic surgeon is willing to perform all of these surgeries at once on a patient who is in excellent health, it is important to be aware of the fact that having multiple surgeries at once raises a person's chances of having risks and complications as a result of the surgeries.

All surgeries are fraught with risks and thigh lift surgery is no different. The greatest concerns when it comes to thigh lift surgery are the worry over blood clots, the chance of infection and the concern that the patient will have an adverse reaction to the anesthesia. There is also the worry that the patient will have excessive amounts of bleeding and that the blood will accumulate under the skin and have to be drained (in some cases this is serious enough to constitute a second surgery) and that the wound will not heal in the manner it is supposed to or will not do so in a timely fashion.

Smoking in particular interferes with the body's ability to heal itself after surgery so if you are a smoker quit smoking at least two to three weeks (if not more) in anticipation of the surgery and after the surgery is completed if you must go back to the nicotine habit then wait at least a month or more to do so. Studies have shown that smokers tend to heal much slower after having a surgical procedure than do non-smokers. Be aware that cutting back on the number of cigarettes you smoke is not enough. Instead you must kick the habit all together if you want to heal properly and in order for your surgery to be a complete success.

Blood clots forming after surgery are rare but they do occur in isolated cases and a plastic surgeon is hard pressed to predict which patients are likely to suffer from a blood clot. The medical name for a blood clot is deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. A blood clot can form in the veins due to the anesthesia that is used during the procedure and from there it can travel upward and lodge in the lung or it can keep going all the way up to the brain. This condition is serious and can be fatal if it is not caught and treated right away.

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