Posts Tagged thigh lift
Yesterday’s episode of Anderson Live featured Sharon Osbourne surgery stories, inadvertently making the show an anti-plastic surgery PSA. When asked about her most painful surgery, she shared the gruesome details of her “leg lift” with Anderson Cooper, who (like us) seemed equal parts enthralled and nauseated and horrified by her description…the surgery itself sounds nauseatingly painful–Osbourne describes it as feeling like her legs were sewn together, and adds that “to pee it’s awful when you’ve had that done.” She says she wouldn’t recommend the surgery
Here we go again folks: Dr D to the rescue to provide the counterpoint to a “Hollywood depiction of plastic surgery” (or in this case a procedure) in general.
Thigh lift surgery can be a big deal particularly in the gastric bypass patient. I do not recommend them for everyone. Thigh Lift surgery can turn out well however, but it is one of the more “inconveniently uncomfortable” operations for the first few weeks even when done well. For 2-3 weeks following surgery, patients tend to be bothered when they go to the bathroom and sit on a toilet because this puts the suture lines on tension. In that sense Mrs Osbourne is correct.
But is it excruciating? No. That is an exaggeration. But then again Mrs Osbourne is known to entertain and exaggeration can be entertaining can’t it?
Suffice it to say Thigh Lift surgery is not for everyone and some operations are better technically than others. It is certainly an operation about which to have a long pre-operative discussion with your surgeon.
John Di Saia MD
After reading a post at a forum that I occasionally visit, I figured an explanation of what thigh lifts can (and cannot) do was appropriate. Many plastic surgeons look at thigh lifts with a degree of exasperation. They not infrequently require revision. Those in large weight loss or gastric bypass patients can be a big job.
The amount of excess skin that so unattractively jiggles in the inner thigh is the question. To reduce said jiggling requires incisions. If the excess is mild to moderate, we can usually get away with just an incision in the crease between the thigh and groin. Gastric bypass and extreme weight loss patients often require an additional incision vertically down the leg. These incisions heal with variable scarring. The scars can migrate down the leg although this is less frequent than it was years ago.
We pull and often liposuction to make the tissues as tight as we can. Then to an extent they loosen over a year or so then we see how we did.
John Di Saia MD
Originally posted 2005-10-24 09:56:00.
“You Will Not Find a Better Doctor – Orange, CA”
“First, let me say that the cost I have shown here is for TWO surgeries – a mini tummy tuck and a thigh lift, done separately. This site doesn’t give the opportunity to distinguish this info. The care I received from Dr D was unlike any care you will receive from ANY other doctor. He runs his practice the way all doctors probably wish they could run theirs but don’t have the courage to do away with all the bells and whistles that the patient ends up paying for. In a nutshell – your ‘face time’ with Dr D is extensive. From your first consultation to your last post op follow up. My initial consultation was over an hour and this was one on one with the doctor – asking questions, getting to know each other, and getting comfortable with each other. This is personal stuff and you need to be comfortable with your doctor, and vice versa. Dr D is very big on post op follow ups and for good reason. He’s a perfectionist and wants to make sure everything is healing properly. Never did I have to sit in a crowded waiting room, feel rushed, or like he was not completely focused in on me and know exactly who I was and what was going on with my situation. Dr D performed 2 separate surgeries, a mini tummy tuck and a thigh lift. I felt completely prepared for each one and there were no surprises. He explained everything in such detail, what was going to happen, the after affects, the recovery, the healing process, and the expected results, and he was right on target. I followed doctors orders to the letter, which is big too, so when your paying for someone to work their magic, you’ve got to do your part also. Lisa is the perfect extension of Dr D – she knows who you are, whats going on and makes you feel instantly comfortable. Prior to my consultation with Dr D I went to 1 other Dr in La Jolla for a consult. Beautiful office overlooking the ocean, staff of countless botoxed beauties, excellent surgeon with a great reputation and white lab coat. I saw him for about 30 seconds, while his staff chatted me up and sent me off with a 3 ring binder of glossy photos and their price. I don’t recall his price for the 2 surgeries but I remember it was higher then Dr D’s. I also remember after my consultation with Dr D, I didn’t care if he was more or less then the La Jolla Dr…..I already knew he was MY doctor (turned out he was less of course). This was the best decision I could have made. I have no scarring, no horror stories and could not be happier with my results. Dr D is a master at his craft and as I said before, an absolute perfectionist. The incisions are really a work of art, even though they are barely visible. I would not want anyone else to perform any kind of surgery on my body except for Dr D and highly recommend him to any and everyone.”
I love it when patients take the time to say a kind word after all is said and done. It is much appreciated. I had done this patient’s tummy tuck and thigh lift a few years prior to her review. The review originally appeared on the Realself.com site.
John Di Saia MD
This lady apparently had a thigh lift and brachioplasty from an uncertified doctor after massive weight loss. While I’ll admit that these operations can be challenging, his results are not so great. He closed with staples and placed drains in very visible places. His incisions are placed in not-so-great positions too. You really need to check out your surgeon at least a bit before you let him (or her) operate.
John Di Saia MD