Thigh lift surgery, also known as thighplasty, can reshape your thighs by removing excess skin and fat, resulting in more slender, attractive thighs that are more proportionate to your body. If exercise, dieting, and a healthy lifestyle have failed to achieve your desired body contours, a surgical thigh lift may be right for you.
Am I a Candidate for a Thigh Lift?
Ideal candidates for this procedure:
- Have sagging or loose thigh skin
- Have stubborn pockets of excess fat on the thighs
- Are at a stable weight
- Are relatively healthy without underlying health conditions
- Are non-smokers or willing to refrain from smoking for several weeks
- Have realistic expectations for what the surgery can achieve
- Are committed to healthy lifestyle habits before and after surgery
- May have achieved significant weight loss that left loose tissue on the thighs
How Is Thighplasty Performed?
The surgery begins with either general anesthesia or intravenous (twilight) sedation. Your doctor will recommend the best option based on your needs.
The incision pattern for your thigh lift will be based on the problem areas that need to be addressed and which technique your surgeon determines to be most appropriate.
What Is an Inner Thigh Lift?
If significant corrections are needed to the inner thigh, incisions will be placed in the groin area that extend downward and wrap around the back of the thigh.
Some patients may only need the groin area incision (minimal incision inner thigh lift).
Others may need just the incision from the groin vertically down the inner thigh to the knee.
What Is an Outer Thigh Lift?
Outer thigh contours can be corrected with an incision from the groin that extends around the hip and along the back. Incisions are placed strategically to reduce visible scarring as much as possible.
What Is Thigh Lift Recovery Like?
Thigh lift recovery will require the application of dressings and bandages following the procedure. Your surgeon may also need to place small, thin tubes under your skin to drain excess fluid or blood that may collect over time.
Patients should be prepared to follow the instructions from their plastic surgeon, such as when to rest their legs, how much recovery time to take off work, how to care for their incisions, and when to schedule a follow-up appointment. Patients may be prescribed pain medication to make their recovery more comfortable.
Minor swelling and bruising are expected to be present for up to a month, with most individuals returning to their daily routine within the same time.
What Results Can I Expect From a Thigh Lift?
After patients have fully recovered from their thigh lift procedure, they can expect their thighs to have more muscular thigh definition, lean contours, and an overall more youthful appearance.
Thigh lift surgery will not increase the size of the thigh muscles. However, thigh lift surgery can create a more athletic appearance by removing excess tissue that covers the underlying muscles so they appear more toned.
Visible scars may remain but will continue to fade with time.
How Long Will Thigh Lift Results Last?
If the patient maintains a healthy lifestyle and stable weight, thighplasty results can last for years to come. The skin will naturally lose firmness with age but will remain more taut than if you had not undergone the procedure.
Want to Learn More About Thigh Lift Surgery?
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