About Thigh Lift
Thigh lift, also known as thighplasty.
Thigh lift procedures are designed to remove any excess fat and skin from the thighs. Many cosmetic surgeons opt to combine this procedure with some liposuction, to help restore the thigh’s natural contours. By maintaining a healthy lifestyle and weight, you can ensure that your thigh lift procedure merits the best long term results.
The cost of a thigh lift will vary depending on the skill of the surgeon you choose, and where they are located in the world.
How is it performed?
Medial (inner) thigh lift
The medial thigh lift starts when your surgeon makes an incision into the groin area. Any excess skin or fat along the inside of the thigh will be removed. Depending on your personal aesthetic goals, liposuction may or may not be used at this point. If a lot more tissue is removed, the procedure becomes a ‘thighplasty’.
Lateral (outer) thigh lift
The lateral or outer thigh lift procedure is considerably more complex than an inner thigh lift. Depending on your physiology, your surgeon will have to remove more tissue and may have to re-contour the buttock area to ensure a natural shape. Scarring from an outer thigh lift will be greater and it is likely that your skin will lose a little elasticity after the procedure.
What are my options?
During your consultation your surgeon will examine you physically and discuss your medical history and goals. This will help them determine which type of procedure is best for you.
What result can I expect?
As long as you continue to pursue a healthy lifestyle and a stable weight, then the results of your thigh lift will be very long lasting. For your safety, it’s important to return to all your follow up appointments, so your surgeon can assess your recovery.
- You will find clothing and swimwear fits your body better
- Can improve the proportions of your body
- You can achieve better contour in your thighs
- It is likely you will have some visible scarring
- Your skin may look a little ‘deflated’ where fat has been removed by liposuction
- You may require a second procedure to correct any unevenness left by the original procedure
Although your new smooth contours will be visible immediately after surgery there will be a period of bruising, swelling and soreness. If your pain is extreme or long lasting, contact your physician. Contact your surgeon to find out if your pain, bruising and swelling is normal or a sign of a problem.
Your thighs will be bruised, swollen and sore immediately after the procedure. It is imperative for your well-being that you follow all instructions your physician gives you. Usually this includes information about how to take care of your wounds and dressings, which medications you are allowed to take and which activities you can safely perform. They should also advise you on how to spot any signs of complications during your recovery. Try to remember that everyone’s body is different, so recovery times will vary on an individual basis.
The first two weeks
You will only be allowed to partake in very light activities during the first two weeks of recovery. You should be wary of any signs of complications, as this is a critical period in your healing process. Try to make only careful, slow and deliberate movements, as any sudden stress, or the repetitive actions of walking and bending, can put significant stress on your stitches or sutures. Many people find that having someone to assist them in the first few days of their recovery is very helpful.
Weeks two to eight
Your surgeon may advise you to wear a special garment to compress your thighs for the first month after surgery – this is to help your body adjust to its new shape. All heavy lifting and exercise should be avoided for the first two months after surgery.
Three to four weeks into your recovery, you will be allowed to resume activities such as walking and driving, as long as they do not cause any pain. The worst of the swelling should subside within the first 6 weeks.
Limits & Risks
Significant complications from thigh lifts procedures are fortunately uncommon. Remember that any type of surgery has some degree of risk attached. Following the advice of your cosmetic surgeon will significantly reduce the risk you face.
Some possible complications that can arise in any surgery are:
- Adverse reaction to anaesthesia
- Hematomas or seromas
- Loss of sensation
- Allergic reactions
- Tissue damage
- Unsatisfactory results.
- Blood clots