DEFINITION

Thigh surgery or cruroplasty, seeks to improve shape and contour of thighs. For this, a surgery that is usually performed combines liposculpture and the elimination of excess skin, creating thighs with a smooth skin, without wrinkles and thinner.

CANDIDATES

Patients who are medically healthy and who present a flaccidity of the skin of the thighs that, when the patient walks or moves, it appears saggy, without tone and even the friction of it when brought together bothers him. The patient must present good healing and understand what the surgery, the care and possible complications are like, as well as the results that can be obtained in each case.

PROCESS

There are two types of surgical interventions for the correction of sagging skin on the thighs:

  • Cruroplasty with inguinal scar: This is a surgery that is performed in cases where the patient has mild or moderate flaccidity of the skin of the thigh, the skin is dried in the thigh area that is close to the groin, so the resulting scar is hidden in the groin fold and covered by underwear.
  • Cruroplasty with vertical and inguinal scar: This surgery is indicated in patients with significant flaccidity in the thigh that reaches the knee. In this case, a greater amount of skin must be removed, so the scar must cover from the inside of the knee to the groin. With current treatments, scars fade well over time.

Both interventions are performed under epidural or general anesthesia and the patient can go home the same day in the case of horizontal or stay hospitalized in the case of vertical.

PROFESSIONALS

The performance of this type of intervention must be performed by a plastic surgeon with experience in body contouring surgery. Dr. Ospina has extensive training and experience in this type of procedure and in the management of liposculpture. In addition, it has modern equipment to improve the quality of scars.

FACILITIES

This type of intervention must be performed in a hospital that meets all health requirements and has an intensive care unit. Cosmetic surgery is a very regulated surgery with fewer complications, but in case they appear, it is essential to have the support of a good hospital. Hence, low-cost surgeries try to save money on this and are performed in small clinics where these safety conditions are not covered.

Dr. Ospina is fully aware of this and that is why he performs all his surgeries in the operating rooms of Hospitals San Roque because it provides that extra security that he wants for his patients.

POSTOPERATIVE

This type of intervention is not particularly painful. Patients report a feeling of tension in the area and some stinging in the wound. This usually subsides within the first week and is well controlled with regular pain relievers.

To avoid the appearance of infections the patients should take good care of the wound, as well as avoiding any kind of efforts so that the wound does not open. The stitches are usually internal to minimize scarring, so no stitches are removed.

CARE

Patients should take care of themselves for two weeks, avoiding efforts and sudden movements to avoid straining the wounds. Compression garments should be used for the first four post-surgical weeks to help lymphatic drainage, as well as having lymphatic drainage massages.

COMPLICATIONS

They are rare, the most common is that a small area of the wound may open, but it usually heals in a few days with good care. The first days there may be a sensation of numbness of the skin in the elbow area and of tightness, but it usually disappears in the first weeks.