When weight loss is significant or when a person reaches a certain age, skin and soft tissues begin to lose elasticity and sag. This is a common problem that is often resistant to even the most diligent diet and exercise plans. Thigh lift surgery is a cosmetic procedure done to enhance the shape of your thighs by reducing the amount of excess skin and fat from the thigh area.
During the thigh lift surgery, discreet incisions are made from which the surgeon extracts the excess skin and tissue. These incisions are determined during your consultation and are highly individualized for each patient. The incisions will be made along the contours of your lower body so that they can be easily covered by bathing suits or other undergarments.
Thigh lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia and is an outpatient procedure. To promote successful and uneventful healing, temporary surgical drains are used only in patients necessitating a vertical incision down the thigh.
Thigh lift surgery is often combined with other body contouring procedures to enhance the overall transformation.
Following the surgery, patients are required to wear compression garments over the surgical site to expedite swelling reduction and to facilitate proper healing of the tissue. You can expect to wear this garment for at least four weeks after surgery. The drains are typically removed somewhere between one to two weeks after surgery. While the drains are in place, you can shower as usual, but are asked to refrain from taking baths or being submerged in water.
Most patients experience some swelling, bruising and discomfort. You should refrain from strenuous activity for at least two to three weeks following surgery. You can expect to take between one to two weeks off work. You can resume light gym activities after three weeks, and unrestricted activities in six weeks.