Thigh Lift Surgery
If fitness and weight control efforts have not achieved your goals for a body that is firmer, more youthful-looking and more proportionate to your overall body image, a surgical lift may be right for you.
Excess fat and loose skin around the thighs prove very difficult to work off, and cause discomfort for many clients. Thigh lift surgery, also known as thighplasty, contours the thighs to the desired silhouette by trimming excess skin around the thighs and tightening any remaining underlying skin tissue.
The candidates for a thigh lift are those who are at or near their goal weight and whose weight loss is stable. Clients that have loose skin hanging from the inner and/or outer thigh would be candidates for this. Because thighplasty is a skin tightening surgery, clients who simply wish to remove fat, but otherwise have good skin laxity, will be better suited for a liposuction procedure. A combination of liposuction and skin tightening is usually incorporated in a thigh lift.
What to Expect
During a thigh lift surgery, the most common incision point places the incisions in the groin and in many cases, depending on the amount of skin to be removed, extends downward. The hanging skin is trimmed away and removed and the underlying tissue is re-draped and tightened. Depending on the needs of the client, our doctor will either perform a medial thigh lift targeting the inner thigh, or a lateral tight lift, which targets the outer thigh. Clients who are advised to have an outer thigh lift will generally need to have their butt lifted as well. This combination approach is sometimes incorporated into an overall lower body lift for severe skin sagging.
Thigh Lift Recovery Time
Thigh lift surgery, if performed alone, takes about 2-3 hours to complete. It is considered an out-client procedure. The recovery for a thigh lift is somewhat slow, but this is primarily due to the incisions. On average, clients can expect to return to light activities within 2 weeks, and a full recovery in about 6-8 weeks. Depending on how much skin was removed, there may be scars that are evident outside of the groin area. Proper scar care is needed for the scars to heal safely. Because of newly enhanced thighs and a slimmer thigh appearance, clients find that their self-confidence improves greatly after this surgery.
Thigh Lift FAQ’s
1) What is a thigh lift?
A thigh lift is a surgical operation which lifts and tightens the loose or sagging folds of skin typically experienced around the inner thigh area. It is designed to remove excess tissue to leave a firmer, smoother contour. It is often a procedure that is suitable for patients who have experienced drastic or sudden weight loss where the tissue has been stretched and hangs down from the inner thighs (outer thighs and buttocks can be treated with a body lift). Whilst liposuction alone eliminates unwanted fat, the thigh lift removes the skin and tightens the thigh area also.
2) Am I a suitable candidate for a thigh lift?
On examination, during your initial consultation, your expert surgeon will assess your suitability for this procedure. Generally, patients that are of a healthy weight (within a few pounds of their ideal weight) are the most suitable candidates. This operation is intended to remove loose skin following weight loss and which will not improve through diet and exercise.
3) What happens during a thigh lift at Personiks Clinic?
This operation is carried out under a general anaesthetic and involves removing excess skin along the inner thighs and then suturing the incision site back together. This treatment is very often combined with liposuction to achieve optimal contours and often to reduce the size of the outer thigh or saddle-bag area. Due to the large area covered and the length of wound, the procedure can be time-consuming and can take up to two hours to complete. The incision is stitched with dissolvable stitches and surgical tapes are applied as well as bandages which are placed around the thighs to increase compression.
4) What are the risks of a thigh lift operation?
Any risks associated with a thigh lift procedure are similar to those of other surgical procedure which requires a general anaesthetic. Other potential risks include bleeding and infection which are not, in fact, that common, however, your surgeon will explain the thigh lift procedure and possible risks in much detail during your consultation.
5) What is the scar like after a thigh lift?
As everyone heals differently it is difficult to predict how your scars will eventually look. They will initially appear quite red and raised but as time goes on, if you observe the expert aftercare advice and guidance of our dedicated wound care team your scars should fade and heal to a naturally smooth finish. Scars typically take a whole year to heal and fully mature. Our dedicated aftercare team can also help to minimise the appearance of your scar(s) with ancillary treatment options to follow your surgery and enhance your result if you wish.
6) How can I prepare for this operation?
It is advised that you undertake all your usual household duties and any other physical activities prior to your admission to hospital as you will not be able to perform these for a good few days (up to 2 weeks) after your procedure. You will also be advised to stop smoking, drinking or taking certain medications such as aspirin prior to surgery due to the effects they have on healing.