6 weeks post op Thigh Lift, I have no improvement on thighs but visible scar. Can I do anything to correct this? (photos)
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Wound Healing Is A Dynamic Process Which Takes Time
It's not unusual for patients to be concerned about scarring following thigh lift surgery. The scars following this procedure are potentially long and aren't easily hidden. In some cases, these scars may even be mal-positioned. Add significant post-operative swelling to the equation and you now have the perfect formula for post-operative anxiety.
I believe this describes your situation following your thigh lift procedure. It's important to realize that wound healing is a dynamic process that can take 12 to 18 months to reach completion. During this process, scars lose their redness and swelling gradually resolves.
It's virtually impossible to assess your surgical results after only six weeks of recovery. Significant changes will occur in your result over the next six months.
During this time period, it's important to maintain close contact with your plastic surgeon. Your surgeon should be able to formulate a treatment plan once your situation has stabilized. This plan should address your anatomic findings and, hopefully, achieve your aesthetic goals.
Early recovery after thigh lift
The scar can migrate slightly down the inner thigh during recovery, however, it should not drift downwards indefinitely. The degree of circumferential narrowing of the thigh will depend on what was done during thigh lift; was liposuction used, was there are vertical scar component in addition to a horizontal scar component. If liposuction was used, you should see a circumferential narrowing of the thigh but this may take 3-4 months to appreciate as there can be a lot of swelling after liposuction. A vertical scar component will allow more circumferential narrowing than a horizontal scar component alone.
Be sure to communicate your concerns with your surgeon and follow the postoperative instructions.
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