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Thigh Lift Surgery in Istanbul

Thighplasty or a thigh lift is a procedure to remove excess fat and skin from the thigh region. A thigh lift is meant to improve the shape and contours of your thighs for toned legs. The surgery mainly addresses issues such as saggy skin, dimpled skin, and excessive fat. These issues usually occur due to aging, weight fluctuations, genetics, etc. Thigh lifts shape the outer and inner thigh area to give a sleeker appearance to your legs. Sometimes doctors also recommend liposuction with a thigh lift to remove excessive fat from the thigh region.

According to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, more than 100,000 thigh lift surgeries were performed in 2021. A prominent 53% increase was seen in thigh lift surgeries between 2020 and 2021. Turkey ranks among the world’s top 10 most advanced and fast-developing medical tourism sectors. The ISAPS 2021 report shows more than 5,000 thigh lift surgeries were performed in 2021. The number is expected to grow by 80% in the coming years with the introduction of more advanced technologies in the sector.

A thigh lift is a cosmetic procedure to remove extra fat and skin from the thigh region. The purpose of this surgery is to tone and improve the aesthetics of the thighs. The thigh region can sag, and look shapeless due to aging, weight fluctuations, and genetics. Thigh lifts lift the sagging skin and allow the removal of extra fat from the area. Overall, it gives the thighs a sleeker and shapely appearance. Women and men with these problems can benefit from this surgery for toned and sleek thighs.

Thighs play a huge role in the aesthetic of your legs so most people want sculpted and toned thighs. Liposuction is a fat removal technique with which surgeons remove the extra fat from the thigh region. Thigh liposuction helps remove extra fat from the outer and inner thighs for lean upper legs. Thigh liposuction is a common practice in thigh lift surgery.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of a thigh lift is $5,355. However, this is the procedure cost only and many additional costs are part of the procedure. The entire treatment also covers anesthesia costs, hospital expenses, medical tests, surgeon’s fees, etc. You can expect this cost to go up by 40% to 50% if you want the comprehensive price of the treatment.

Although a thigh lift is an invasive surgery, it is relatively safer than some of the other major surgeries. Most complications associated with thigh lifts are easily manageable and treatable. Here are the common risks associated with a thigh lift:

  1. Anesthesia risks such as breathing issues or digestive problems.
  2. Infection with discharge
  3. Blood clots or Deep vein thrombosis leading to heart failure.
  4. Blood loss during or after the surgery
  5. Fluid accumulation under the skin (seroma).
  6. Prominent scarring
  7. Nerve or vessel injury
  8. Poor healing of the wounds
  9. Uneven thighs
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How is a thigh lift surgery done?

A thigh lift procedure takes somewhere between an hour to 3 hours. It is an outpatient procedure so the patient is not asked to stay in the hospital for days. They can leave the same day or after a day if the doctor wants to monitor them for a few hours. A thigh lift procedure involves the following steps:

The first step in a thigh lift procedure is anesthesia. Surgeons either administer general or local anesthesia after discussing it with the patient.

The surgery involves two types of incisions. The incision depends on the areas that need correction and the degree of correction. If there is severe sagging and fat on the inner thighs, the surgeon makes an incision in the groin area extending downward and back of the thighs. If there is sagging and excessive fat on the outer thigh area, the surgeon makes an incision in the groin area, extending to the hips and across the back. Surgeons make multiple incisions if multiple areas are involved.

After the incisions, the surgeon uses a lipo cannula to extract the extra fat from the inner and outer thigh area. At the same time, the surgeon lifts the skin tissue to improve the contours of the inner and outer thigh.

The last step is the closure of the incisions with the help of stitches. The stitches can be dissolvable or removable.

How do you know you are suitable for a thigh lift?

A thigh lift is a common cosmetic surgery but a thorough medical analysis is necessary to know if you are eligible. Here are the basic requirements for one to be eligible for a thigh lift procedure:

  1. You must be over 18 years of age.
  2. You are not overweight and have a normal BMI (Body Mass Index).
  3. There is sagging skin on your thighs and they have a wrinkly appearance.
  4. You are deeply conscious and insecure about your thighs and you cannot openly expose them in public.
  5. You are overall healthy and do not have any serious medical issues such as diabetes, or hypertension.
  6. You have realistic goals in mind and you do not expect the surgery to give you the exact results you had in mind.
  7. You can afford the surgery and post-surgery care.
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Thigh lift in Turkey: What are the benefits

Turkey offers a wide range of benefits and perks, particularly if you are coming for medical tourism purposes. Here are a few factors that give Turkey an edge over other nations for medical treatments:

One of the benefits of coming to Turkey for medical treatment is that you do not have to deal with long visa queues. Most foreigners, particularly Europeans can enter Turkey without a visa and just with a valid ID card. It saves a lot of time and you can plan your trip without any worries.

Turkey offers a well-established medical tourism sector that thrives due to a web of hospitals, clinics, and agencies that meticulously plan every aspect of your journey. Travel packages for medical tourism cover everything from hotel reservations to airport transfers, hospital transfers, and other important aspects. In 2023, around 7,46,290 people have already chosen Turkey as their medical destination. The total profit earned so far in 2023 by the medical tourism sector in Turkey is $1,033,942.

Another perk of coming to Turkey is that you don’t have to wait for months or years for your appointment. Despite receiving hundreds and thousands of patients every season, every patient is given the same level of attention and care. The appointment process is fast and hassle-free.

A staggering 1.2 million Europeans visit Turkey for various medical procedures. The costs of medical procedures here are substantially lower, often up to 80% less, than in other countries.

Turkey’s renowned metropolitan city, Istanbul is a popular transit destination. It is convenient to find flight connections to almost anywhere in the world from Istanbul. Furthermore, most flights from European countries to Istanbul are only 3 hours long. Therefore, you can find a sense of ease in traveling to Turkey as you can easily find a flight back home.

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What is the process of planning your visit to Turkey?

If you are considering Turkey for a Thigh Lift surgery, here is a step-by-step guide to how you can book an appointment for the treatment of your choice:

Step 1: Get in touch with our representative and share your details

The first step to start the process is reaching out to us and sharing your information.

One of our team members will take down your details including your contact details and medical history.

Here are the tests our representative will ask you to share with them via WhatsApp or email:

  1. A complete blood profile
  2. Chest X-ray
  3. Coagulation tests
  4. BMP (basic metabolic panel)
  5. TSH, T3, T4 (Thyroid)
  6. BHcG (pregnancy test)

Step 2: Travelling to Turkey and Hospitalization

Once our doctors are satisfied with your test results, we will help you sort out your flight to Turkey and your itinerary.

It doesn’t matter which airport you land at we will be there to pick you up and take you to the hotel.

We will arrange your hotel transfers as well to make sure you are sorted throughout your trip.

Step 3: Pre-surgery Check-upOnce you arrive at the hotel, our doctors will welcome you and prepare you for certain tests. Although we have asked you for certain tests before, our doctors run another set of tests to be safe. The following tests will be performed before the surgery:
  1. Complete Blood Count (CBC)
  2. ECG Test
  3. Chest X-rays

Step 4: Surgery

If the doctors are satisfied with your test results, they prepare you for the surgery.

On the day of the surgery, you are transferred to the hospital and welcomed by the staff at the hospital.

Step 5: Recovery

After the surgery, you may have to stay in the hospital for a short while for doctors to monitor your condition.

This is just a preventative step to make sure you are recovering fine.

You may have to revisit after a few days for a follow-up appointment with the doctor.

Step 6: Hotel Transfer

Once you are given a go-ahead by your doctor, we will transfer you to your designated hotel.

The hotel provides a wide range of amenities and luxuries to make sure you are comfortable throughout your stay.

What services do our packages include?

Here is a complete list of services our packages include:

  1. Preliminary Tests
  2. Anesthesia Examination
  3. Initial Examination
  4. Thigh Lift Surgery
  5. General Anesthesia or Local Anesthesia
  6. Post-surgery Examinations
  7. Post-surgery hospital stay
  8. VIP hotel and hospital transfers
  9. 3-5 days hotel accommodation

How long does it take to recover from a thigh lift?

Patients must follow the doctor’s instructions for the buttock lift aftercare. The recovery timeframe differs from patient to patient according to their age, health, and lifestyle. The recovery period lasts from 4 weeks to 6 months. Here is what you can expect each week after the surgery:

Week 1: The first week is crucial because you just went through surgery. You may find it hard to get used to the changes and adjustments needed for a stable recovery. Your doctor will probably put you on an all-liquid diet for 3-4 days to avoid complications.

Although you can walk around in your house from time to time, any drastic movements are prohibited. You will also be asked to clean the surgical site twice a day including changing the dressing and bandages. Smoking and alcohol can delay healing so doctors specifically ask patients to stay away from them at least for the first 2 weeks. Doctors also advise patients to wear compression garments to reduce the swelling and to protect the incisions.

Week 2: The swelling does noticeably go down at this point in your recovery journey. You can start having normal food with semi-solid foods such as mashed vegetables, rice, pasta, etc. It is better to keep your diet lightweight and digestible at this point.

The doctor asks you to come for your follow-up appointment. Your stitches if they are not the dissolvable kind are removed at this point. Again, smoking and alcohol must be avoided. You can go back to work by this time and resume most of your everyday routine activities. It is important to report to your doctor if something feels unusual to you.

Week 3: Drastic improvement in the swelling may be seen by the third week. You can resume your everyday activities such as going to work and driving.

Week 4: Any swelling and pain subside by this time. You can go back to your regular life and may also start working out. It is important to ask your doctor before working out though to avoid any mishaps.

Long-term recovery: The full results of the surgery start to appear after 4 to 5 months. Most patients are expected to be in a fully recovered state by the 6th month.

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FAQ‘s Thigh Lift Surgery

Here are the most frequently asked questions about thigh lift surgery:

A thigh lift surgery includes an inner thigh lift if the patient stores excessive fat and skin in that area.

Thigh lifting or leg thinning is worth it if your thighs have lost definition and are excessively loose.

Permanent and long-lasting thigh lift results are not possible with temporary hacks and without the surgery.

They are two completely different surgeries but many people prefer getting them together. It depends on your health and whether or not you can handle two surgeries together.

A Thigh lift surgery helps get rid of cellulite from the thigh region by lifting the skin and removing excessive fat.

Thigh lift tape is a temporary hack and only works on people with minor sagging and cellulite. Temporary hacks cannot replace the surgery because it can give you permanent and more drastic results.