A thigh lift can help improve the contour of the medial portion of the upper leg by removing excess skin and fatty tissue. Often combined with liposuction, this thigh liposuction procedure can help refine the thigh to a more shapely, youthful appearance. Scarring from the thigh lift is well concealed in the area of the groin and the inner aspect of the thigh. Special attention to surgical technique minimises a widened or problematic scar.
Sagging skin is usually caused by weight loss. The natural ageing process also causes skin to lose elasticity, but both men and women will often find that the thighs particularly lose their firmness as the layers of muscle become thinner. In such cases, a thigh lift can help to restore and tighten these areas, giving a much firmer, youthful look and leaving you more confident to wear fitted trousers and shorts.
In your initial consultation, your surgeon will evaluate your health and explain the surgical techniques that are most appropriate for you based on the condition of your thighs and skin tone. Be sure to discuss your expectations frankly with our staff. Your surgeon will be equally frank with you, describing each of your options, and the risks and limitations associated with each procedure. Any history of smoking, medications, vitamins or other drugs need to be noted. The best candidates for a thigh lift are men or women who are looking for improvement in the way they look. If you are physically healthy and realistic in your expectations, you may be a good candidate.
This surgery is performed with general anaesthetic, requiring you to fast 6 hours prior.
In thigh lift surgery, the incision is placed along the upper inner thigh area. In some cases, where additional lift is needed, the incision may extend along the groin line or the buttock fold. Excess skin and fat are removed through the incisions and the remaining skin is stitched closed. Sometimes the operation is performed in conjunction with liposuction. Regardless of the location of the surgical incision, every effort is made to ensure that the resulting scars are as inconspicuous as possible. Drainage tubes following the operation may be needed and the surgery usually takes about 2-4 hours to complete. Dissolving stitches are used to close the incisions, which will also be taped for greater support.
Make sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery and assist you for a few days.
You’re likely to feel tired and sore for a few days following your surgery, but you’ll be up and about in 24 to 48 hours. Most of your discomfort can be controlled by medication that your surgeon will prescribe.
Within one week, the supporting tape will be removed and the wound will be checked at our clinic. You will be asked to wear a compression garment. This is to reduce swelling and assist in shrinking and tightening of the skin. You should wear it as directed.
Getting back to work and normal activities
You should be able to return to work within a week, depending on the level of activity required for your job.
Gym and normal activities in 3-4 weeks.
Your scars will be firm and pink for six weeks. After 6 months, your scars will begin to fade to a fine white line.
Your New Look
For most patients, the results of thigh lift are extremely satisfying. Your decision to have a thigh lift is a highly personal one that not everyone will understand. What is important is how you yourself feel about it. If you’ve met your personal goals, then your surgery was a success.