What is a thigh lift?
A thigh lift is a surgical procedure that removes excess tissue and skin to reshape the legs for a smoother contour and better-proportioned lower body. Liposuction may also be recommended to remove excess fat in order to achieve the best results.
Who is a good candidate for a thigh lift?
A good candidate for thigh lift surgery is someone who is healthy and has realistic expectations about what the surgery can accomplish.
A thigh lift is performed to:
- Reduce or remove sagging, excess skin
- Reshape your thigh to create smoother skin and contours
- Create a more toned and symmetrical appearance
Incision placement is carefully considered and discussed during your initial consultation and is based on your unique cosmetic goals.
What to Expect with Thigh Lift Surgery
You will be given specific instructions on how to prepare, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking and avoiding anti-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin, that may interfere with the blood's ability to clot.
Carefully following all instructions will help your surgery go smoothly. Arrange for someone to drive you home following your procedure.
Recovering from Thigh Lift Surgery
Following surgery, you will be wearing compression bandages to support your new contours as you heal. You will be expected to lift your legs whenever seated and avoid standing for extended periods to reduce swelling.
While there is some pain following surgery, most can be managed with medications prescribed by your surgeon.
Risks and Outcomes of Thigh Lift Surgery
While thigh lift surgery is normally safe, there is always the possibility of complications, as with any surgical procedure. You can reduce potential risks and complications by carefully following all pre- and post-surgery instructions provided to you by your surgeon.