Thigh Lift Surgery
A Thigh Lift is a surgical procedure to remove excess fat, tighten skin, re-shape and re-contour the upper thigh. Gravity, aging, and major weight loss can contribute to unsightly sagging, rippling and folding of the skin tissue. A Thigh Lift can dramatically alter the appearance of the upper legs often times with minimal or concealable scarring. Being able to wear shorts without embarrassment and feeling the warmth of the sun on your legs can bring a lovely sense of well being back into your life. Take the next step: call us at (954) 565-7575 or toll-free at (800) 274-LIPO today to schedule your appointment at the South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery.
Thigh lift may be performed with other body contouring procedures, such as arm lift, body lift, liposuction or tummy tuck.
Incisions for thigh lifts vary depending on your skin’s texture and laxity. Many thigh lifts focus on the inner thigh, but outer lifts that include the buttock region are also available. Your Ft. Lauderdale plastic surgeon will determine the best procedure for your desired result during a consultation.
People who have had major weight loss and post bariatric surgical patients can benefit greatly from Thigh Lift surgery as well as other procedures like a Face Lift, Tummy Tuck, Arm Lift and Body Lift. Significant skin sagging can greatly affect your appearance after losing excessive weight. Our surgeons, who specialize in post bariatric cosmetic surgery procedures, are committed to providing the best possible surgical results for patients in these unique circumstances.
When you “awaken” after your procedure, you most likely will experience some discomfort around the area of the incision and sutures when the anesthesia wears off. Your surgeon will give you medication to relieve any discomfort.
If antibiotics are prescribed, please follow directions exactly to avoid complications due to infection. Pain medication may also be prescribed to be taken as needed. You will receive specific instructions to follow during your recovery including rest and sleeping positions, bathing and showering techniques, and exercises. It is imperative that you do not smoke for at least two weeks after your plastic surgery in Ft. Lauderdale in order to help the healing process.
Your legs may be sore and swollen for the first few days. You will need to start walking the day after your surgery to reduce the risk of blood clots. You will be given a compression garment to wear for approximately three weeks. Normal activities can be resumed after a few days, and you can be fully physically active again in four to six weeks.
You will notice a difference in the contour and shape of your thighs almost immediately. As the swelling diminishes, you will see and feel more improvement. After approximately three weeks, when the healing process is complete, changes in the appearance of your thighs will subside.
The most common complication is a collection of blood or serum (seromas) under the skin of the upper thigh. A suction drain may be placed inside during your procedure and left for a day postoperative. Its removal is painless.
Blood clots are the most serious complication after a Thigh Lift. Your surgeon will determine the best course of action for movement and activity of the legs after surgery. Movement and walking will facilitate blood flow and help prevent clots from forming.
Infection and incision healing problems, including loss of skin and excessive scarring, occurs less frequently. As with any surgical procedure, small nerves to the skin are interrupted during a Thigh Lift. Portions of your thigh will feel numb or have less feeling. Sensibility returns over several months but some diminished feeling may last indefinitely.
Following an inner Thigh Lift you can expect a small scar usually along the pubic crease. Some Thigh Lift procedures require a circumfluous scar along the top of the thigh (like an underwear elastic). In some individuals, a different type or location of scar may be necessary because of particular body variations. If this is so in your case, your surgeon will inform you at the time of your consultation. Your scars will be red or pink for six months and gradually fade thereafter. The scars are rarely troublesome. Nevertheless, you should know that all scars are permanent and their height, width, and final color are not totally predictable.
Like any surgical procedure, complications are possible. It is important to enter into your procedure aware not only of the benefits, but also of the possible complications. Talk to your surgeon about every question and concern you may have.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below you will find a list of frequent questions about a Thigh Lift. If you cannot find the answer you are looking for, please write to us, be sure to include the procedure name and your question!
- How is this procedure done?
- How do I prepare for this procedure?
- How long does the procedure take?
- What form of anesthesia is used?
- Can I return home the same day?
- How long before I can return to normal activity?
How is this procedure done?
A Thigh Lift is performed for those requiring excess skin removal, skin tightening, and thigh re-contouring. For an inner thigh lift, an incision is made along the public crease. For an outer/buttock thigh lift, a circumfluous incision is made around the top of the thigh. Excess skin and tissue is removed. The remaining skin is sculpted to the thigh and sutured.
Your surgeon will determine the appropriate procedure at the time of your preoperative consultation.
How do I prepare for this procedure?
During your initial preoperative visit with your surgeon, be prepared to give a complete medical history including all your medications, allergies and previous surgeries. You will undergo a thorough physical examination and blood tests. If you are at or over age 40, an electrocardiogram will be required. Photographs are important aids in planning and performing your Thigh Lift. They become a permanent part of your patient record and are taken before and several months after your procedure.
During your consultation, you will be given specific directions to help you prepare for your procedure. Instructions generally include cautions about taking certain medication and drinking alcohol, the shaving process and use of antibacterial soap. You must not eat or drink anything eight hours before your procedure. If you take daily medication, ask your surgeon if it is safe to take before your procedure. If you have any sores on your body, if you have a cold, sore throat or allergic condition, inform your surgeon so you may be examined prior to your procedure.
If you smoke, the likelihood of healing problems and other complications increases. Smokers must stop smoking completely at least two weeks prior to and two weeks after surgery. “Cutting down” is not enough. Complete cessation of smoking is mandatory. You must also stop taking aspirin or diet pills at least 2 weeks prior to surgery.
How long does the procedure take?
Operating time is generally two to three hours depending on the scope of your specific situation.
What form of anesthesia is used?
General anesthesia is used for all surgical procedures and is performed by a Professional M.D. Anesthesiologist.
Can I return home the same day?
It will be necessary that you have someone to pick you up after the procedure, take you home, and stay with you for at least 24 hours.
All Patients must schedule check-up appointments for the following times:
- 1 day
- 1 week
- 2 weeks
- 1 month
- 3 months
- 6 months
- 1 year
How long before I can return to normal activity?
You will need to start walking the day after your surgery to reduce the risk of blood clots. You will be given a compression garment to wear for approximately three weeks. Normal activities can be resumed after a few days, and you can be fully physically active again in four to six weeks. If you have a question regarding activity, be sure to check with your surgeon.