The thigh lift is a aesthetic surgery procedure designed to help tighten the skin of the thigh to reduce sagging in the inner thigh. This sagging skin is usually caused by weight loss and aging. Thigh lifting surgery is indicated for those who have important excess skin and desire to improve or restore the shape of their thighs.
Patients, whose inner thighs are not in proportion with their body with excess fatty deposits, may use liposuction as the first course of action to be rid of the tissue. After a specified amount of time, a reevaluation will determine if a thigh lift will be beneficial for the look you are seeking to achieve.
When the skin of the inner thigh sag, the leg lift will be tighten up the skin, smoothing out the contours of the thigh. A minimal portion of skin and fat from the inner thigh region is resected. The excess skin and fat are removed while the remaining thigh skin is elevated and tightened. Scars are hidden in the inner groin crease. In cases where only an excess amount of fat is present a liposuction is performed with even smaller, hidden scars. In some cases a combination of limited skin resection and liposuction is performed.
Surgery is performed in a hospital with general anesthesia and takes about 2 hours. After surgery it is suggested that rest be taken, so not to alter the healing process. You will most likely be able to go home the day after surgery. Bruising and swelling are to be expected as well as a tight feeling in the thighs. Most of the swelling will disappear after three weeks or so. Depending on the individual patient recovery times will vary. Thigh lift surgery will usually take 10-15 days for recovery. Most patients are able to go back to work 5-7 days after surgery. So, you should plan to take 7 days off from work. Sports and other straining activities can be resumed 4 weeks after surgery.
Most patients are pleased with the outcome and find they have smaller and firmer thighs, therefore in most cases giving a new-found confidence. Thigh lifting improves the body contour when seen through trousers or tight dresses.