What is a Thigh Lift?
A Thigh Lift, also known as Thighplasty, is a surgical procedure used to improve the contour of the legs by removing excess skin and fat.
Age, heredity, and fluctuations in weight can cause loss of tone and shape in the thighs.
It can feel disheartening to look down and see sagging skin around your thighs. Fortunately, there is hope.
Is a Thigh Lift for me?
Anybody with excess fat and skin in their thighs may be a candidate for a Thigh Lift.
You may also be a candidate for a thigh lift if you are physically and mentally healthy. Suitable candidates should also be close to their ideal weight and have realistic expectations for the procedure.
You should not have medical conditions that would increase the risk of surgery.
Following thigh lift surgery, many patients experience an immediate improvement in their self-esteem and self-confidence.
About the procedure
A Thigh Lift is usually done under a general anesthesia. Other options include intravenous sedation and your doctor will discuss the best options during your consultation.
There are several incision patterns depending on the type of procedure and patient preference. Incisions are usually placed in the groin, extending downward and around the thigh.
After the incisions are made, excess skin is removed and the skin is redraped over the underlying muscles. Excess fat may be removed with liposuction if needed.
The remaining skin is carefully stitched up using strong sutures to minimize scarring. Absorbable sutures do not need to be removed and improve patient comfort and satisfaction.
There may be swelling in the surgical area immediately after surgery but this will improve with time.
A Thigh Lift is a personal decision and you will need to weigh the risks and benefits of the procedure. You will be asked to sign consent forms to make sure you understand the risks involving the surgery.
Examples of the risks involving Thighplasty include:
- Skin discoloration
- Pain which may persist
If you have any questions about the risks and complications, be sure to talk to your surgeon.
After you are discharged, you will need to be taken home by a family member or friend.
You may be required to wear a compression garment for up to 3 weeks to help decrease any swelling or bruising that may occur.
Your legs will be sore for several days after surgery, but this will rapidly subside.
Plan to take it easy immediately following your surgery. You should avoid strenuous activities and heavy lifting for the first 3 weeks. Your doctor will advise you when it’s safe to resume your regular exercise routine.
Talk to your surgeon if you have any questions regarding the recovery period.
You will notice an immediate improvement to the shape and contour of your thighs after surgery.
Swelling will subside and the results will continue to improve in the following weeks. Most patients who receive a Thigh Lift will feel an improved self-confidence about their appearance.
Results of a Thigh Lift will be long lasting with a healthy diet and regular exercise.