Thigh (Leg) Lift Questions and Answers Archive

Aug
2001

Q&A: What can I do about a scar from kidney surgery that has a painful lump inside?

Question:

I had my right kidney removed on 5/1/01. A 4" mass, renal cell carcinoma sarcomatoid. It was found in 2 lymph nodes next to the kidney. 8/20/01 I has a cat scan. No evidence of spreading. My question in about the scar tissue. The scar is from my belly button, across my waist (rt. side) and a little around to the back. I am having trouble leaning over because of the lump inside. It is sore. Also lifting my right leg in uncomfortable. I have been rubbing Vit. E , emu, and olive oil on it. My doctor just told me to take Vit E, 400 mg internally, also. He said the muscles are attaching to the scar, but I have to be careful lifting and pulling or I will get a hernia. Is there anything else I can do? Thank you.

- Ruth

Answer:

 Amy Forman Taub, M.D. - LocateADoc.com

I am sorry to hear that you have been so uncomfortable! I am not certain if the discomfort is due to the healing under the scar or the scar itself. It is possible that you have a hypertrophic scar, which is excessive scar tissue that sometimes itces or pinches. Usually this is raised scar tissue which may be pink or red. If this is the case, then a cortisone injection locally into the scar often decreases the discomfort and the swelling or a type of gel sheeting can help. I would get some Aquafor ointment (over the counter) and apply this as this has been shown to help wounds heal faster. Vitamin E applied to a wound has been shown in many studies to be ineffective. The soreness may be due to the muscles reattaching to the area underneath the surface of the skin in which case time and possibly gentle massage will help the most. Good luck!

-- Amy Forman Taub, M.D.
Lincolnshire, Illinois



Aug
2001

Q&A: Are there implants to make my legs larger?

Question:

I have very thin legs and have tried everything (weightlifting) to make them bigger. Is there any kind of implants for the legs?

- josie

Answer:

Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon - LocateADoc.com

Dear Josie, There are implants for the calves but this procedure is fraught with problems and complications. There are no implants available for the upper legs (thighs). I would suggest that you contact Dr. Lloyd Carlsen in Canada as he is the world leader in leg implant surgery. I believe that he is in Montreal.

--Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon
Honolulu, Hawaii



Jul
2001

Q&A: Who should I meet with and when to remove excess skin after losing the weight from gastric bypass surgery?

Question:

I had Lap RNY gastric bypass surgery 6/24/01. I am loosing weight at a steady gradual pace. I already have redundant skin from past dieting. I have hanging skin on my breasts,abdomen,upper arms and upper legs. When I attain my weight loss goal, I wish to speak with and meet a board certified plastic surgeon who will evaluate me and remove the redundant skin on my ever shrinking body. I am a registered nurse and I fully understand the risks involved. I desire a surgeon who will work with me to achieve a "normal" physical appearance. Thank you, Susan M. Stitt RN

Answer 1:

Jonathan Ross Berman, MD - LocateADoc.com

I appreciate your concern. Any sort of body lifting procedure that you are considering should not be attempted until you have reached a "steady state". It may take you up to 6 months to a year for that to occur.

--Jonathan Ross Berman, MD
Boca Raton, Florida

Answer 2:

Josh Korman, M.D., F.A.C.S. - LocateADoc.com

Dear Susan, It is important that you see a plastic surgeon who has quite a bit of experience with body lifts, as it is not the same as a tummy tuck, for example. Please let me know if you need further assistance Josh Korman, M.D. wwwkormanmd.com

--Josh Korman, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Mountain View, California



May
2001

Q&A: How do I get prices and reputable cosmetic surgeons for a face lift, liposuction and laser skin resurfacing?

Question:

I am considering some cosmetic surgery: probably a face lift and some liposuction, and perhaps laser resurfacing. How can I find out how to get prices and compare? Also, how do I find the most reputable cosmetic surgeons in my area? Is there a physician's referral service available? Thank you

- mary

Answer:

Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon - LocateADoc.com

Dear Mary Ann, I would suggest that you visit either the ASAPS (American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons') web site first. From that point you should seek advice from several in your area. You may chose to have the different procedures performed by different surgeons. I would also suggest that once you decide on your surgeon, make certain that he/she has privileges to perform the procedures that you desire done at a local hospital - they check credentials and save you the trouble.

--Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon
Honolulu, Hawaii



Apr
2001

Q&A: Will plastic surgery or liposuction remove the fat around my male nipples (gynecomastia) and what is the average cost?

Question:

I am a 21-year old male college student, and I have been lifting weights for about four years. I am 6 feet tall and used to weigh about 250 pounds before I started lifting weights, so basically I was fat. Over the 4 years I have been liftng, however, I have burn a considerable amount of fat and gain muscle, but for some reason I still have fat on my chest around the nipple area from when I was fat that I can't seem to get rid of. I work out on my chest more than any other body part in an attempt to get rid of the fat, and I have a pretty good size chest, but the fat will not go away no matter what I do. This depresses me, so the only other route I know to take is either plastic surgery or liposuction. The main problems I have is that I have kiloid skin, and I believe I don't have enough money to do either since I am in college. So my main question is will plastic surgery or liposuction work? Which is better or safer especially since I have kiloid skin? What is the average cost for a specialty like mine for plastic surgery and/or liposuction? If the cost of the procedures are expensive, is there anything I can do to bring down the price?

- Tavaris

Answer:

Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon - LocateADoc.com

Dear Tavaris, The area that you describe is very amenable to ultrasonic liposuction which has essentially replaced the older excisional surgery on the area. If you are on any drugs which have helped you gain muscle mass, these can lead to the gynecomastia that you describe. The cost of liposuction varies across the country but about $2000 would be close to what you should expect to spend.

--Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon
Honolulu, Hawaii



Feb
2001

Q&A: How much scaring can I expect from breast lift surgery after already having had two breast implant surgeries?

Question:

I am 28 years old and was a 34 B with sagging breast after having 2 kids. I had two breast surgeries to insert implant in the past 8 months. The second one was to insert a smaller implants since they were too big (I had it done 4 months after the first one). And even now they still look big (34 D) since I have a short torso and skinny legs. I want to remove them and just have a lift (that was actually my original plan but my doctor talked me into having implants) but I am not sure if it would work and if I should be concern with having to go three surgeries on my breast in one year? and how much scaring should I expect? Any info will help. Thank you.

- Illy

Answer:

Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon - LocateADoc.com

Dear Illy, The scarring from a breast lift procedure is more significant than that from implant surgery. If the lift is significant, the scars are shaped like an anchor around the areola, down the front of the breast and along the fold under the breast. If a lesser lift is required, the scarring can be abbreviated. You should not be concerned with the operations within the past year as the implant surgery has little to do with the lift procedure and actually helps get more blood to the tissue that is moved.

--Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon
Honolulu, Hawaii