A thigh lift, or thighplasty, is a procedure that removes excess saggy skin and fat from the upper legs. This surgery is quite common in people who’ve experienced massive weight loss, one or more pregnancies, or a loss in skin elasticity due to old age.
The Advantages of a Thigh Lift
Unwanted and sagging skin on the thighs can be quite embarrassing and cumbersome. It may cause irritation during walks and certain sports as well as limit your choice in clothing. Fortunately, a thigh lift is an excellent—and permanent—solution to obtain smoother skin and firmer legs. This body contouring surgery makes your thighs more supple, boosts your self-esteem and gets you back into your tight fitting pants and shorts.
To reduce the chances of bleeding during and after your procedure, stop taking anti-inflammatories and aspirin at least two weeks before and one week after your surgery. You must also let your doctor know if you’re currently taking any medications, have any allergies or if you smoke. Disclosing your smoking habits is particularly important since delays in healing and surgical complications are more prevalent in smokers. On the day of your surgery, be sure to arrive in loose clothing and without any jewellery or makeup on.
A thigh lift requires a general anesthesia and usually takes about two hours. Your surgeon will make one or more incisions in the thighs, depending on the amount of skin and fat that needs to be removed (this will be discussed during a consultation prior to the surgery). Once this is done, the doctor will tighten the skin so it’s smooth and taut, then carefully close the incisions located on the inner or outer thigh, in the groin area or below the buttocks.
You’ll need to wear a compression garment following the surgery to hold the incisions in place, reduce swelling and speed up the healing process. Painkillers will also be prescribed to alleviate any pain following the operation. You’ll be able to get back to work and your other daily activities in about two to four weeks, and your recovery should be complete three to six months after surgery.
Any surgery, whether minor or major, involves potential complications. For a thigh lift, they include: