A thigh lift is a procedure that reshapes the thighs by removing excess skin and/or fat. The result is smoother, better-contoured thighs that appear leaner. A thigh lift is usually performed on people who wish to have a more-youthful and proportionate overall body and have tried diet and fitness or in people who have lost a great deal of weight and are left with excess loose skin in the area.
Some people confuse thigh lifts with liposuction. The goal of a thigh lift is not to simply remove excess fat, it is to also reshape and contour the area. Although, you can combine liposuction with a thigh lift procedure if you have poor skin elasticity.
After a thigh lift the recovery process can be smooth and easy if you follow your doctor’s instructions. Dressings and bandages will most likely be applied to your incisions and you may be given a compression garment or elastic bandage to wear to help reduce swelling. These garments will offer support to your new contours as your body heals.
In some cases, small, slender tubes will be placed under the skin to drain the excess fluid or blood that can collect post-surgery. These tubes are only temporary and will be removed as soon as the fluid and or blood cease to gather. This is not dangerous and will cause no harm to your body.
Your doctor will also likely prescribe painkillers to ease your discomfort. As with any medication, do not exceed the dosage. If you find that even with the use of painkillers you are still experiencing high levels of pain, consult your doctor. You will also be given very specific instructions on how to care for the surgical site on your thighs. These instructions will relate to cleaning and how to avoid possible infection. Follow these guidelines carefully and you will not interfere with the healing process.
It’s important that you avoid products that contain nicotine and alcohol. Your doctor will ask that you stop smoking prior to your procedure and remain smoke free for the weeks to follow. Nicotine and alcohol use can greatly hinder your body’s natural recovery process so it’s best to leave those stimulants alone following thigh lift surgery.
Do not lift heavy objects or exercise for the first three weeks after your thigh lift. You can, however, return to work as you see fit. Depending on their occupation, some people take five to seven days off work while others need two to three weeks before returning to their jobs.
Scarring will be visible at first but it will lessen as the months go by. Because your place of incision is on the inner thigh, it is well concealed and difficult to see. So go ahead and wear shorts- You’ve earned showing off your beautiful legs!