Thigh lift surgery (thighplasty) is a cosmetic surgery that aims to smooth the skin around the thighs.
While some people opt for the surgery to address the resulting excess skin from weight loss, others consider it tighten skin that has become looser with age.
Types of Thigh Lift
There are essentially five types of thigh lift surgery.
Given that your specifications require a less in-depth surgery, the surgeon may recommend a Mini Thigh Lift. This particular procedure only includes an incision in the groin region.
Contrary to the mini thigh lift, if your goals require removing ample excess skin, your surgeon may opt for a Vertical Thigh Lift, including a large incision that ends at the knees.
Out of all thigh-lift techniques, Medial Thigh Lift (Inner) is the most common. The procedure is similar to the vertical thigh lift– in that the surgeon makes an incision starting from the grown to the knees or lower thighs.
Finally, a Bilateral Thigh Lift includes an incision from the groin to the hips and lower back.
If your skin’s elasticity has suffered, you may opt for liposuction as a complementary surgery.
We always advise that you keep a healthy diet and exercise regimen. Maintaining a healthy weight will improve your appearance and boost your chances of having the body you envisioned before the surgery.
A healthcare professional will book you in for a consultation, where you can communicate your expectations and ask any questions to the doctor.
Then the doctor will perform a physical examination and, taking your medical history and expectations into account, will determine if you are an ideal candidate for the surgery. Please be as detailed as possible during this stage of the process.
For more information brief information on preparation, please refer to the headline “Preparation for Surgical Cosmetic procedures.”
The clinic will give you a detailed preparation plan tailored to your expectations and medical history.
Thigh-lift surgeries are performed under general anaesthesia, where you will be asleep.
The surgery usually takes up to two hours—from the initial incision to the bandaging. The surgeon begins the surgery by making incisions in places associated with the particular type of thigh-lift you are having. Then, he or she will remove the excess fat, close up the wounds and bandage the area.
Recovery and Results
Patients report some bruising, discomfort, pain and swelling during the first few days following the surgery. However, these subside within a short period and are mild.
The surgeon will provide you with a recovery plan, but we advise that you refrain from going outside during the first few days and strenuous activity for the first eight weeks after the surgery.
Finally, to remove the bandages, you will need to book a follow-up appointment with your surgeon.
Even though it takes several months to see the final results of the procedure, you will notice an improvement in your thighs instantly. The full results are typical reported after six months.