What is a Thigh Lift?
Thigh lift surgery reshapes the thighs by reducing excess skin, and in some cases fat, resulting in smoother skin and better-proportioned contours of the thighs and lower body. If fitness and weight loss efforts have not achieved your goals for a body that is firmer, more youthful-looking and more proportionate to your overall body image, a surgical lift may be right for you.
Candidates for Thigh Lift
In general, candidates for a thigh lift are:
- People whose weight is relatively stable
- Individuals with excess soft tissue along the inner or medial thigh region and/or the outer thigh
- Healthy individuals who do not have medical conditions that impair healing or increase risk of surgery
- Individuals with a positive outlook and realistic goals for what thigh lift surgery can accomplish
- Individuals committed to leading a healthy lifestyle, including proper nutrition and fitness
How Does It Work?
The thigh lift is performed by a plastic surgeon, who will make surgical incisions on the inside of the thigh to help mask resulting surgical scars. Once the incision has been made, fat will be removed and excess skin will be trimmed away to help address issues of drooping and sagging. After this stage, the incisions will be closed.
The results of your thigh lift can be seen right away, although you won’t see your final results for a few months as a result of bruising and swelling. Your results should be long-lasting, although it can’t prevent any future drooping as a result of weight fluctuations or the aging process. That’s why it’s important for patients to continue following a healthy diet and exercise regimen.
Recovery takes about four to six weeks, with most of the healing taking place in the first one to two weeks, where you’ll see some swelling and bruising. For this reason, you may want to get your thigh lift done during the cooler months, where you can wear long pants. You should avoid exercise for the first four to six weeks, or until your plastic surgeon gives you the green light. Most folks with office jobs can go back to work after one week, while people who perform manual labor may need to take two weeks off.
*Individual results may vary