A Thigh Lift is a surgical procedure to remove excess fat and skin from the thighs. It can remove some dimpling caused by cellulite and any sagging skin. The procedure may also improve the appearance of the buttocks. A thigh lift can address the outer thigh or the inner thigh, but not both at the same time.
Who Can Benefit From a Thigh Lift?
If you have substantial sagging skin on your outer or inner thighs, you may be a good candidate for a Thigh Lift.
What is the Procedure Like?
You may be asleep under general anesthesia for the procedure, or you may be under a sedative to help you feel slightly drowsy and a local anesthetic to numb the thigh and hip areas. Either way, you will not feel any pain during your surgery. Liposuction is frequently combined with a thigh lift to help remove excess fat. Excess skin is then removed and the surrounding tissue is tightened.
The surgery takes two to four hours and is usually performed in the doctor’s office operating room. In some cases, the surgery may be performed in a hospital, and you may be asked to spend a night in the hospital. Generally, however, you are allowed to go home just a few hours after your surgery. The incisions will be dressed, and tubes may be inserted to drain excess fluids during your recovery.
You will need someone to drive you home from the doctor’s office, and you may need help around the house for a couple of days. You should resume walking shortly after the surgery to get your blood flowing, reduce swelling of the legs, and reduce the risk of blood clots.
What Can I Expect During Recovery?
You will be given a prescription for pain medication to reduce any discomfort after surgery, as well as a prescription for an antibiotic. You can expect swelling and bruising for about three weeks after the surgery, and you may apply cold compresses to the swollen areas.
Due to the swelling and bruising, it may be several weeks or even several months before you will see the final results of your surgery. The incision for a lateral thigh lift is made at the lower part of the hip, and the scar is permanent. However, it fades with time and is usually hidden by clothing or even a bathing suit. The incision for a medial thigh lift in hidden in the fold between your thigh and groin.
Any stitches that do not dissolve on their own will be removed within two to three weeks after your surgery. You may need to wear a compression garment for a few weeks which will help to reduce swelling. Most people are able to return to work within two weeks after surgery, and you can resume your regular exercise program in about four weeks.
What Are the Risks of a Thigh Lift?
Thigh Lifts are very safe procedures, and complications are rare. Like any surgery, there is always some minor risk, such as infection, which can be treated with antibiotics. Occasionally, fluid collections can be seen which usually resolve in time.