46 Year Old Mom of Two Had Medial Thigh Lift. - Fairfax, VA

Beginning as a young adolescent I suffered from a...

Beginning as a young adolescent I suffered from a condition called Hidradenitis suppurativa bilaterally in the groin area. The infections left horrible scars. There were other issues occurring when I began having these outbreaks which left me emotionally scarred, both events began around the same time. For almost three decades I suffered with these scars, internally and externally. But now, I look at my inner thighs, and even though I am still healing from the surgery, it is hard to believe what I see is me! He is truly a gifted surgeon.

?I don't think I was prepared for the extent of real down time...

I don't think I was prepared for the extent of real down time, and I healed really well! I was finally driving, albeit not too comfortably, by week 4. The healing in the back, the crease of the butt, has been the most challenging. I was pretty swollen the first week, in fact, I ended up using corn starch between my swollen inner thighs to help relieve the pain of rubbing.

Best advice was from my doctor, keep your knees together that first week, and I did!

Six weeks today

Still experiencing a little tenderness in butt crease , but overall feeling great and ready for summer. Dr Rao is fabulous and he has worked a miracle for me. I never thought I could be scar free.
Chevy Chase Plastic Surgeon

What struck me first about Dr. Rao was his compassion. I shared my painful story and he really heard me, not just pretended to listen, but truly expressed a genuine concern. He looked at the scarring and immediately determined that he could help me. Not only could he help me, but he had a plan that would not leave me with misshapen labia due to possible pulling of skin reattachmen. He would do the thigh lift with the best technique of anchoring the new skin to my pelvis. I am a fairly petite person, and although I had recently lost 25 lbs, there was not a lot of excess skin to work with. And yet, he was confident he could remove all the scarring. I remember in the operating room, as they prepared to but me to sleep, he patted my arm, reassuring me, telling me not to worry, he would take good care of me. And he did! He had prepared me for a common occurrence of wound separation, but that never happened, I healed with no problems. It has been four weeks, and although I am still recovering, I am thankful every day that my life's journey brought me to Dr. Rao. He may look young, but his skill as a surgeon is undeniable. His compassion, well, that is what truly makes him an outstanding doctor and human being.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
4 out of 5 stars Wait times
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So happy for you, glad you are healing so nicely....I also had the medial thigh lift with my lower body lift. The LBL is so major, I sorta just forgot about the thigh lift, but the scars are so thin, I too am very happy with the outcome....
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how long ago was your surgery?
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Welcome and thanks s o much for sharing your experience with us!

I'm so glad everything went well for you and you're enjying your results. How was your recovery period? Was there much pain or downtime?
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I don't think I was prepared for the extent of real down time, and I healed really well! I was finally driving, albeit not too comfortably, by week 4. The healing in the back, the crease of the butt, has been the most challenging. I was pretty swollen the first week, in fact, I ended up using corn starch between my swollen inner thighs to help relieve the pain of rubbing. Best advice was from my doctor, keep your knees together that first week, and I did!
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Thanks for the extra information. I'll be having this surgery myself and all of the advice from people gone before me, is much appreciated!

Please do keep us updated with your progress and let us know how you get on!
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Just make sure you have lots of help the first two weeks. Make sure you go into surgery healthy , and find a doctor that knows the most updated techniques, anchoring skin to your pelvic bone will reduce likelihood of labia pulling to the groin crease.
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Thanks for the tips, they're all appreciated. I've got a little while before I need to find a doctor, but I'll be looking and researching several before I make a decision. :-)
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