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Thigh Lift Surgery

DAY OF SURGERY

Dr. Delgado performs thigh lift procedures at Marin Cosmetic Surgery Center, a private surgery suite, located in his Marin County office on the Sutter Marin County Community Hospital campus. This allows Dr. Delgado to offer his patients private, concierge medical care, while providing the extra measure of safety and reassurance afforded by the surgery center’s contiguous location to the hospital.

Before anesthesia is given, a special felt-tip surgical marking pen is used to draw a detailed map on the areas to be treated. This architectural diagram enables Dr. Delgado to make accurate adjustments to accommodate the gravitational changes that occur as the body moves from a standing to a lying position.

After anesthesia is given, the inner thigh area is injected with tumescent fluid. The tumescent fluid is composed of normal saline (saltwater), lidocaine (a local anesthetic) and epinephrine (a vaso-constricting agent to reduce bleeding). This is injected into the inner thigh region. Liposuction is performed to reduce the fat content of the medial thigh and surrounding area.

Once the liposuction is complete, a section of skin is excised from the medial thigh. The skin is advanced and sutured in position using multiple-layer closing. A light dressing is then placed. A compression garment not placed immediately after surgery as to avoid the risk of the garment creasing into the incision. However, a compression garment is worn starting about two weeks after surgery. The garment serves to control swelling and promote smoothing of the skin surface.

ANESTHESIA

Thigh lift procedures are performed under general anesthesia and are usually performed in an outpatient surgery center or a hospital. At Marin Cosmetic Surgery Center, general anesthesia is administered by Randy Gaynor, MD, a board certified anesthesiologist with more than 25 years experience. For the past 15 years, Dr. Gaynor has worked exclusively in outpatient office surgery centers such as Marin Cosmetic Surgery Center.

Dr. Gaynor has developed LMA (Laryngeal Mask Airway) techniques that are specifically suited for the cosmetic surgery patient. Light levels of anesthesia are used so that patients need not be pharmaceutically paralyzed for procedures, as is often the method used in hospitals. The LMA technique allows patients to breathe on their own while anesthetized. Patients are completely comfortable and unaware of anything that is happening.

With Dr. Gaynor’s techniques, patients awaken quickly and are far less likely to experience nausea than with conventional anesthesia.

Dr. Delgado and Dr. Gaynor assist the patient in making the best choice for the anesthesia. Additionally, Dr. Gaynor calls each patient the evening before surgery to review his/her medical history, confirm last minute instructions and answer any questions he/she may have regarding the anesthesia.

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After Thigh Lift Surgery

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