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Thigh Lift – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Thigh Lift Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

There are numerous factors to consider before committing to any cosmetic surgery and below is a list of frequently asked questions associated with thigh lift surgery that are helpful when making an informed decision.

What is Thigh Lift Surgery?

Thigh lift surgery is technically called a thighplasty, and it is a procedure to correct loose, saggy skin, and excess fat deposits in the thighs.  There are many reasons a person chooses to have a thigh lift, such as the effects of gravity, that cause us to have loose, flabby thighs as we age.  Fluctuations in weight also affect the thigh area, leaving excess fat deposits and poor skin elasticity. A thigh lift will reshape the thighs by removing redundant skin and fat, resulting in smoother skin and better-proportioned contours of the thighs and lower body.

How is Thigh Lift Surgery performed?

During a thigh lift, a combination of surgical excision techniques is used to remove excess, sagging skin and unwanted fat deposits, before the remaining skin is tightened and re-draped.

Will a Thigh Lift leave visible scars?

A thigh lift procedure does leave scars, however, they are usually placed in inconspicuous locations that can easily be concealed with clothing.  If you are thinking about having thigh lift surgery, scars are one aspect you must consider, although, most patients prefer scars to excess fat, sagging skin, and flabby tissue.

Will the results from my Thigh Lift be permanent?

The initial improvements achieved from your thigh lift should be permanent, as long as you maintain a stable body weight and commit to a healthy lifestyle.  A thigh lift cannot stop the aging process, so through the years some changes are inevitable.

Are there risks associated with a Thigh Lift?

Like all surgical procedures, there are inherent risks associated with thigh lift surgery and your surgeon will discuss these with you during your consultation. Potential complications may include infection, excessive scarring, bleeding, fluid build up, numbness, bruising, and discomfort, which can be controlled with medication.

Why should I consider a Thigh Lift?

You should consider a having a thigh lift if you want to:

  • Improve dimpled skin on your thighs
  • Remove excess fat deposits, tissue, and skin from your thighs
  • Restore contour to your thighs
  • Have more normal shaped thighs

How long does a Thigh Lift take to perform?

Time varies from patient-to-patient but in general, a thigh lift takes from 2-3 hours to perform.

Will I have to spend the night in a hospital?

In most cases, you will spend at least one night in hospital and you will be released to a family member or friend the day following your procedure.

What is the recovery like after a Thigh Lift?

Recovery from a thigh lift varies depending on a patient’s healing capabilities, and may take up to six weeks. You will need to wear a compression garments for several weeks to reduce swelling and enable proper healing.  On discharge from your chosen hospital you will be provided with specific aftercare instructions, and during your post operative appointments, your surgeon will let you know when you are ready to resume work and other normal routines.

Can I combine my Thigh Lift with other procedures?

Many patients choose to combine their thigh lift with other procedures including liposuction, a buttock lift, arm lift, and a tummy tuck.  During your consultation with your chosen surgeon, after a thorough examination of the areas you want to correct, they will determine what surgeries would be best to improve your cosmetic issues.

When will I be able to walk after my Thigh Lift?

Following your thigh lift surgery, you will walk every day to prevent dangerous blood clots from forming in your legs, and as you heal, you will be able to become more active.

Do the areas operated on feel tight after surgery?

The incision sites will feel tight and swollen, and during this initial healing time, it is important that you do not attempt to stretch or exercise the areas that were operated on.  As time passes, you will be allowed to progressively do the activities that you are accustomed to, as long as you do not hinder healing.

How long will the swelling last?

Post-operative swelling will gradually disappear after a 4-6 month period.  You may also experience areas of numbness on your thighs.  This will disappear gradually over several months.

When will I be able to return to work?

Depending on the type of job you have, generally you should not plan on returning to work for at least 10-14 days (if sedentary) and for strenuous jobs requiring lifting, you should plan on a 6-8 week recovery time.

I currently do aerobic exercise daily.  When will I be able to do that type of exercise again?

Every person is different, but most patients are not allowed to participate in aerobic exercise for at least 6-8 weeks, depending on your surgeon’s recommendation.

Will I be able to drive myself home?

You must arrange for someone to drive you home as you cannot (legally) do so after surgery because of the anaesthesia used.  You should also arrange for someone to stay with you during your postoperative period (the first week at least) to make sure you are comfortable, as avoiding excessive movement will speed up your recovery time.  Before leaving the hospital, you and your caretaker will receive specific instructions on how to take care of yourself properly to ensure proper healing and an optimal outcome.

Will my thighs be perfect after a Thigh Lift?

Your chosen surgeon will discuss your expectations during your consultation to determine if your goals are attainable.

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