Thigh lifts are done to remove excess skin from the thigh and buttock area. This sagging skin is usually caused by weight loss. The goal of the procedure is to improve the appearance of your thighs by removing the dimpled look produced by cellulite.
What does Thigh Lift Surgery Involve?
Thigh reduction removes excess skin and fat from both the inside and the outside of the upper thigh. The surgery leaves a noticeable scar that begins in the groin, traverses the inner thigh, runs under the crease of the buttock, and ends on the hip. Post-operative scars are always more visible on the body than on the face. An incision higher up on the body hides the scar with some clothing, but may remove less tissue. Thigh reduction improves the body contour when seen through trousers or tight dresses, but the scars will be visible when shorts or bathing suits are worn. For this reason, suction lipectomy alone may be preferable as the scarring is less, but for this procedure to be successful, the skin must have the proper tone.
How long does a Thigh Lift take?
This procedure takes about three hours and is done under general anaesthesia. Patients may spend their first night in an overnight care facility; some may go home the same day.
What can I expect from a Thigh Lift?
Your expectations need to be realistic. Most patients are pleased with the outcome and find they have smaller and firmer thighs, therefore in most cases giving a new-found confidence.
Recovery after a Thigh Lift Procedure
What will happen in the recovery period?
Bruising and swelling are to be expected as well as a tight feeling in the thighs. Normally, your stitches will be removed within a week after surgery, though deeper sutures aren’t removed until two or three weeks after. You may also wear a support garment for few weeks to reduce swelling and will need to take antibiotics to prevent infection. Most of the swelling will disappear after three weeks or so. You should avoid strenuous activity for a month or so.
What is the recovery time from Thigh Lift surgery?
Depending on the individual patient recovery times will vary. Most patients are able to go back to work two/three weeks after surgery. Four to five post-operative office visits are required.