What is a Thigh Lift?
Thigh lift surgery is a procedure that reshapes the thighs, primarily achieved by reducing excess skin, and in some cases excess fat. This will result in smoother skin and better-proportioned contours of the thighs and lower body. A thigh lift is a common procedure for patients that have lost a large amount of weight and have excess skin remaining.
As thigh lift surgery is individualized for each patient in cases where skin elasticity is poor, and stubborn fats are present. A combination of liposuction and thigh lift techniques may be recommended, however, liposuction is often performed as part of another operation to aid in creating the desired result.
What can you expect after the operation?
You will have a waterproof dressing over the wound and a compression garment will be in place. You may have drains in place which will be removed in 24 – 48 hours. The procedure performed under a general anaesthetic is not a particularly painful one, and any pain is usually well controlled with medications meaning it is possible for you to go home soon after the operation, or the following day.
There are usually no sutures to be removed as dissolvable sutures are placed under the skin.You should limit any strenuous activity and sports, heavy lifting, and swimming during the first two weeks. Thereafter, you can steadily increase your activity level within the limits of discomfort.
What are the potential risks?
Modern surgery is safe. There is, however, no such thing as “risk free” surgery. The important thing is to understand any potential risks and minimise their occurrence by appropriate planning and management.