After significant weight loss Loose skin, excess fat in the thigh area is a common problem. It can also simply be the result of genetics. In both cases, a thigh lift procedure effectively slims, smooths and reshapes the thighs. A thigh lift can help create the beautiful, proportional profile you have always wanted.
If you are self-conscious about the appearance of their thighs and has any of the following conditions may be a candidate for a thigh lift.
- If you want your thighs to have a better, more proportional contour and a firmer look and feel.
- If you have undergone bariatric surgery or massive weight loss.
- If you are distressed about loose, flabby skin on your thighs.
- If you have difficulty fitting into clothing because of heavy thighs.
- Loss of skin elasticity in the thighs, resulting in sagging skin
- A dimpled or “orange peel” appearance to the skin
- A dramatic improvement to the appearance of the thighs when the lax skin is lifted
As with any elective surgical procedure, the best candidates are those who are in overall good health and free of any serious, pre-existing medical conditions. However, the best way to determine eligibility is to have a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Tsang, will review your medical history and evaluate your current condition.
How is thigh lift surgery performed?
Most thigh lift procedures take several hours. They are typically performed under general anaesthesia.
- Clothing and swimwear will fit better.
- Your body will appear in better shape and more proportional.
- Your thighs will be firmer and more youthful, with a curvaceous appearance.
- There may be visible scarring.
- The skin may appear deflated where fat has been removed by liposuction, the skin may appear deflated.
- A secondary procedure may be required to correct any unevenness or bumps.
During the consultation, Dr. Tsang will work with you to determine which procedure(s) will produce the desired result. These include:
MEDIAL THIGH LIFT
The (relatively short) incisions are made in the fold in the groin area.
VERTICAL or LONG SCAR THIGH LIFT
The incisions begin at the groin and continue, vertically, to the inner knee.
OUTER THIGH LIFT
The incisions begin at the groin and are carried around the hip.
COMBINATION THIGH LIFT
A combination thigh lift may include more than one thigh lift procedure.
Recovery time after a thigh lift depends on the complexity of the procedure. As with any surgery, swelling, bruising and redness can be expected, but pain medication and compression garments will help minimize this. To drain excess fluid and reduce swelling, drainage tubes may be inserted for the first few days after surgery. Immediate results are apparent, but the final shape is visible at approximately three months.
Dr Tsang will discuss how long it will be before you can return to your normal level of activity and work.
Immediately after your thigh lift
Although your new smooth contours will be visible immediately after surgery, there will be a period of bruising, swelling and soreness. Bruising and swelling is normal or a sign of a problem.
Recovery time frame after a thigh lift
It is vitally important that you be wearing compression garments, taking an antibiotic if prescribed, and the level and type of activity that is safe. Dr Tsang will also provide detailed instructions about the normal symptoms you will experience and any potential signs of complications. It is important to realize that the amount of time it takes for recovery varies greatly among individuals.
The first two weeks
- During the first 10 to 14 days you should only engage in light activities.
- This is a critical period for healing and you should be watchful for any signs of infection or nonhealing and report these to your doctor immediately.
- The pull of gravity and the actions of walking, sitting, and bending put stress on the sutured areas, so you should make careful and deliberate movements.
- It will be helpful if you have someone staying with you for the first few days of your recovery.
Weeks two to eight
- You may need to wear a compression garment for the first month to optimize contouring of the thighs.
- Swelling should subside in three to five weeks.
- You may resume driving and walking for exercise after the first two to three weeks, when these activities do not cause pain.
- Avoid heavy lifting and jogging for six to eight weeks.
How Long Will the Results Last?
If you maintain a stable weight, healthy lifestyle, and fitness program, your results will be long-lasting.