Thigh Lift – Hamburg, Germany

Heavy, large thighs with flaccid skin affect many women. Often short skirts, tight dresses or leggings and hot pants cannot be worn. In these cases, excess skin and fat can be removed by a thigh lift. Excess tissue can cause skin irritations and even orthopedic problems. A thigh lift can solve these problems. In addition, liposuction can be performed to create an even skin surface, especially around the knees and ankles.

Sometimes there are only small fat deposits on the thighs with otherwise good skin. In these cases, a liposuction alone may achieve the desired tightening effect.

Thigh Lift Overview with Dr. Sattler

  1. Before Your Operation
  2. Operating Techniques
  3. Thigh Lift Results with Dr. Sattler
  4. After Your Operation
  5. Frequently Asked Questions About Thigh Lifts:
    1. Do I need general anesthesia for a thigh lift?
    2. Can a thigh lift be combined with other procedures?
  6. Can I wear short skirts again after a thigh lift?

1) Before Your Operation

Dr. Thorsten Sattler will consult and examine you personally before your surgical procedure. Due to the fact that each person is unique, he will create a personal treatment plan for you based on the latest methods and knowledge in Plastic Surgery. He will take photos and will explain the operation to you with the help of drawings and photos. Limitations, possible risks and alternative treatment options will also be discussed.

The main goal of a thigh lift is to remove excess skin and fat from your thighs. This will create a beautiful contour of your legs and fashionable clothes can be worn again. To achieve the best aesthetic result possible, a thigh lift can be combined with other procedures, such as a liposuction of your knees and ankles. The harvested fat can be used for an autologous fat transfer, for example to the face, breasts or buttocks. A harmonious appearance with a youthful look is the aim of these procedures and can be achieved by combining various operating techniques. The projection of your buttocks is more apparent with slender thighs. A nice body contour can be created if in addition fat deposits on the knees, calves and ankles are liposucked. To achieve a nicely defined buttock, fat deposits below the buttock, the so-called “bananas”, can also be eliminated. A well-balanced healthy diet including enough protein is very important for your wound healing. Hamburg, Germany Dr. Sattler is not only a board-certified Plastic Surgeon, but also holds a degree in Nutritional Medicine. He will happily give you advice with regard to supplements and healthy diets.

2) Operating Techniques

Only safe and modern surgical methods are used by Dr. Sattler. A thigh lift is performed under general anesthesia, a hospital stay for one night is recommended. If only a liposuction is performed, the operation can also be performed on an outpatient basis and sometimes even under local anesthesia, if the patients are young and healthy. However, this is the exception and not comparable to a complete thigh lift.

Many different techniques are known. Dr. Sattler will choose the best and safest method for you, depending on your anatomy and your aims and desires.

In a thigh lift, the incisions are placed on the inner thighs from the lower end up to the groin in order to remove fat and excess skin. If the legs are held parallel to each other, the resulting scars are hardly visible after some time. Dr. Sattler uses an electric scalpel which allows him to operate with extreme precision and with minimum blood loss. If a lot of tissue needs to be removed, the incision will travel further down to the knee, but never over the knee.

The wound is sutured with special absorbable threads which have barbs. A dehiscence of the wound is almost impossible using those threads and suture removal is not necessary. The wound is sealed with a special skin glue. This creates optimal conditions for wound healing and contamination of the wound by germs of the nearby genital area is prevented.

Often a thigh lift is combined with a liposuction. The harvested fat can be used for an autologous fat transfer to the face, hands, breasts or buttocks. This will accentuate the female curves and the signs of aging on the face and hands are hidden.

For patients with small fat deposits and only little skin excess, a mini-thigh lift can be performed. The scar is much shorter and hidden in the groin. In cases of small isolated fat deposits and otherwise good skin conditions a liposuction on its own may be sufficient.

There are many different techniques to perform a thigh lift. Dr. Sattler will choose the best and safest method for you, depending on your anatomy and your aims and desires. He works very carefully in order to obtain a harmonious and youthful shape with the best aesthetic result possible and with minimal scarring.

3) Thigh Lift Results with Dr. Sattler

By German law, we are not allowed to show you before/after pictures online. However, during your personal consultation with Dr. Thorsten Sattler this will be possible.

4) After Your Operation

After a thigh lift a hospital stay for at least one night is recommended. Special compression garments must be worn for several weeks to support the wound healing, but also to help the soft tissues to recoil. Compression garments also support the lymphatic flow and will minimize any swelling that might occur.

After the procedure, physical stress and sport should be avoided for a few weeks. In order to support the wound healing and to obtain the best result possible, you should follow a healthy and balanced diet and you should stay away from alcohol and nicotine, at least until wound healing is completed.

A mini-thigh lift or liposuction may be performed on an outpatient basis, but even after these procedures you will have to take care of yourself and compression garments must be worn.

5) Frequently Asked Questions About Thigh Lifts:

a) Do I need general anesthesia for a thigh lift?

A thigh lift or mini-thigh lift is performed under general anesthesia. A liposuction of the knees may be possible under local anesthesia, if the fat deposits are small.

b) Can a thigh lift be combined with other procedures?

Often it makes sense to combine a thigh lift with a liposuction to achieve the best aesthetic result possible. Not only the thighs, but also the knees, ankles and calves can be liposucked.
The harvested fat can be used for an autologous fat transfer to the buttocks or breasts. This will highlight the female contour even further. The fat can also be used to smooth out wrinkles of the face or on your hands.

c) Can I wear short skirts again after a thigh lift?

After a liposuction, there are hardly any scars visible. In a mini-thigh lift, the scars are placed in the groin and are basically not visible, even in short skirts. In the classic thigh lift, the scars are placed on the inner thighs and run from the groin down to the knees. These scars are hardly visible if the legs are held in a parallel position or if you wear clothes that reach over the knees.