A thigh lift is a popular body contouring procedure that aims to improve the shape of the hip and thighs, where fat deposits and sagging skin can create a less than pleasing body shape.
Am I a suitable candidate for a thigh lift?
If skin tone is good then a liposuction procedure alone may achieve better results or it may be necessary to combine a thigh lift with liposuction. A more extensive procedure may be required if excess fat and/or sagging skin is present elsewhere on the body.
What happens during a thigh lift procedure?
Performed under a general anaesthetic, a thigh lift will take between two and three hours. I will typically make incisions on the inner thighs to remove any unwanted fat deposits, lifting tissues and skin into a more pleasing position. Any excess skin is then eliminated. A one or occasionally two-night stay is usually required after a thigh lift.
Are there any possible risks or complications associated with a thigh lift procedure?
Recovery after a thigh lift can take a couple of weeks and I will give you comprehensive instructions to cover the recovery period. I advise that you wear a compression garment for the first 6 weeks after surgery for optimal results.
There will be discomfort and bruising after a thigh lift that will take a couple of weeks to disappear. Usually, there is swelling which can take between 6 weeks and 3 months to subside. All surgical procedures carry risks such as infections, a build-up of fluid and blood underneath the skin and blood clots. Sometimes there is a degree of skin numbness while the nerves recover.
What results can I expect from my thigh lift procedure?
A thigh lift will result in scarring, that usually extends along the inner thighs and sometimes in the skin crease along the groin area. Although the scars can be noticeable, most patients are pleased that they have had the excess skin removed.