What Can Thigh Lift Surgery Achieve?
One of the biggest reasons people turn to thigh lift surgery is to correct the texture of their skin. Excess skin on the inner thighs can create problematic folds and chafing. Thigh lift surgery removes the excess skin and fat and then pulls the remaining skin tight for a smoother texture.
Even after weight loss, stubborn fat can remain and worsen the appearance of cellulite and other skin dimpling. Excess fat on the outer thighs can create “saddlebags” that hang and make the body seem wider than it is. As the thighs are reshaped and bulges of fat are removed, the thighs will return to a more slender, harmonious appearance.
When you have loose or flabby skin on the thighs, many people go out of their way to hide them underneath clothing. This could be a cause for concern in the summertime and can be uncomfortable. After a thigh lift surgery, patients will feel comfortable to wear a wide range of clothing that does not have to conceal their thighs.
Thigh Lift Techniques
Inner Thigh Lift
The incisions of an inner thigh lift are made on the inside of the leg. It could start at the upper groin and extend down the groin toward the back of the thigh, or it could begin at the lower groin and extend down the thigh toward the knee.
Minimal Incision Thigh Lift
A minimal incision thigh lift uses a surgical cut in the groin area only. Since this limits access to a large portion of the thigh, this technique is reserved for people who need minimal correction.
Outer Thigh Lift
If there are fat and skin to target on the outer thigh, then an incision might be made that begins at the top of the groin and continues up and around the hip. While these incisions can likely be hidden beneath a swimsuit or underwear, this technique can result in extensive scarring.
In many cases, the amount of fat present in the thighs inhibits the ability of a thigh lift alone to improve contours and smooth out the skin. When this is the case, liposuction is used in conjunction with a thigh lift to eliminate excess fat in the targeted areas. The decrease in skin and fat in the area creates dramatic results.
Thigh Lift Recovery
Immediately after your procedure, your wounds will be dressed and a small drainage tube may be inserted to prevent fluid and blood from building up. Your surgeon will provide you with specific recovery steps, and it is important to follow each of the steps to ensure a healthy recovery. These may include the use of a compression garment to reduce swelling and fluid buildup. You should only engage in light activities for the first two weeks following the procedure to ensure optimized healing. Most swelling should subside within three to five weeks, but you should avoid any heavy exercise or lifting for six to eight weeks.
Thigh Lift Scars
Your scars will vary depending on the technique your surgeon used and your personal anatomy. An inner thigh lift can create scarring along the groin and inner thigh, while an outer thigh lift can create scarring around the hip. Your surgeon will make the incisions as inconspicuous as possible. All scarring will fade with time.
Thigh Lift Cost
Your exact thigh lift cost will depend on the techniques performed, surgical fees, anesthesia fees, hospital fees, and plenty of other variables. You will receive an accurate price quote for the procedure during your consultation.
Thigh Lift Pain
You will likely experience mild to moderate pain or discomfort after the procedure, but these can be managed with over-the-counter or prescription drugs from your surgeon.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate for thigh lift surgery?
If you are within your ideal body weight, have reasonable expectations for the procedure, and would like to address excess fat and tissue in your thighs, you may be a good candidate for thigh lift surgery.
How should I prepare for thigh lift surgery?
You should immediately stop smoking. The longer you have quit before your surgery, the less likely any smoking-related complications will arise during the procedure. You should also make sure someone is available to help you on the day of the surgery and for the first 24 hours afterward.
What are the risks of thigh lift surgery?
Like any surgery, a thigh lift does come with several risks, including anesthesia complications, poor wound healing, scarring, infection, etc.
How long will my thigh lift results last?
As long as a proper lifestyle is maintained, the thigh lift results are permanent. However, no surgery can prevent the development of future tissue sagging that comes with age.