A thigh lift reshapes the thighs by removing excess fat and skin from the inner part of you upper legs. Occasionally liposuction is also used at the same time to improve thigh shape and size.
How a Thigh Lift is Performed
The area of concern is marked preoperatively. Board-certified plastic surgeon Robin Evans, MD typically performs thigh lift surgery under a general anesthetic (completely asleep). Local anesthetic (freezing) is injected to make it more comfortable after the operation. Excess skin is removed and liposuction is performed if necessary.
Who is the Ideal Thigh Lift Candidate?
The ideal candidate is someone whose weight is relatively stable and who has excess skin and subcutaneous fat of their inner or outer thighs. Being relatively healthy will help in your recovery and minimize other risks. Non-smokers have reduced risk of poor wound healing and infection.
How do I Prepare for a Thigh Lift?
It is important that you’re a nonsmoker before your operation. As well, being at a stable weight is important. This will debride the best postoperative result. Avoiding anti-inflammatory drugs or herbal supplementations for 2 weeks before your operation is also important. This decreases your risk of bleeding.
Why won’t Liposuction Alone Work?
The problem is that liposuction does not remove excess skin. A thigh lift removes the excess skin and tightens the upper thighs. Liposuction is often used in conjunction to provide the best thigh contour.
What is the Typical Recovery after a Thigh Lift?
Recovery is typically about a month in total. Initially your incisions will be numb secondary to the freezing that is injected during your operation. You will be fitted for a surgical garment that you’re encouraged to wear for 6 weeks. This helps decrease the swelling and improve the contour of your thighs. This is especially important after liposuction. Initially the repair feels tight and you will be sore in the areas of the operation. You’re encouraged to mobilize or get up as much as possible after operation to decrease your risks of a blood clot. People tend to take a week or two off work after the operation (depending on your profession).
What are the Risks of a Thigh Lift?
As with any operation there are surgical risks. The risk of infection is incredibly low but we do give you antibiotics both at the time of the operation and after the fact to help reduce that risk. Occasionally we use drains to reduce the chance of a fluid collection called a seroma. The drains typically stay in a week. It is important to understand that you’ve trade thigh size and contour for an incision along the inner aspect of her thighs. We teach you how to take the scar have the best appearance possible. However some individuals are predisposed to having thick scars. We ensured that you’re closely followed and that everything heals as best as possible. Blood clots are possible with thigh lift surgery and you’re therefore encouraged to walk around as much as possible after your operation.