Many men and women develop loose, sagging skin on the inner and outer thighs due to weight loss or aging. Excess fat also tends to accumulate on the thighs with aging and weight fluctuations. Thigh lift surgery removes excess fat and skin to reshape the thighs for smoother and firmer legs. This procedure can improve the overall shape and appearance of a patient’s thighs and lower body.
Preparing for Your Thigh Lift Surgery
During your consultation, you and your surgeon will discuss your medical history, desired goals, and concerns. Patients interested in undergoing thigh lift surgery must be in good health and have realistic expectations. Those who smoke or suffer from excessive body weight may not be good candidates for this procedure, as smoking and obesity can affect the healing process and increase the potential risks involved with surgery.
Thigh lift surgery is performed on an outpatient basis. The length of your procedure will depend on the extent of correction needed to achieve your desired results. General anesthesia will be administered, and an incision will be made in each groin crease that may extend up and around the hip and/or down and around the back of the thigh as necessary. The thigh tissue matrix is reshaped, the skin is tightened, and excess skin is removed to produce a smoother thigh contour. If the patient suffers from loose skin as well as excess fat on the thighs, liposuction can be combined with their thigh lift procedure to further enhance and refine their figure. Sutures will be used to close the incisions.
Following your thigh lift surgery, dressings and bandages will be applied to the treated area. Thin tubes may also be placed under the skin to drain any excess fluid or blood that may collect. Bruising, swelling, and numbness may occur for a short period of time but should resolve after a few weeks. You will be able to resume light physical activities and return to work within two to three weeks after your thigh lift surgery. Most scars will take about a year or more to fade.
Your thigh lift surgery will improve the appearance and tone of your legs and provide long-lasting results. To prolong your results, it is best to maintain a healthy and balanced diet.
As with most surgical procedures, there are some risks involved with thigh lift surgery. These include:
- Fluid accumulation
- Poor wound healing
- Deep venous thrombosis
- Pulmonary embolism
- Need for revision surgery