A thigh lift or thighplasty is a procedure that removes excess skin and fat of the thighs. This procedure is often considered by individuals who have undergone massive weight loss or who have troublesome areas of the thighs that do not improve despite diet and exercise. The procedure is usually combined with liposuction.
Who is a candidate for a thigh lift?
Candidates for a thigh lift include healthy, normal weight nonsmokers who have excess skin or fat of their thighs. Patients may have loose, sagging skin due to aging or may have experienced massive weight loss resulting in disfigurement. They may also have difficult fatty areas that persist despite diet and exercise. Patients could have trouble fitting properly into clothes and could feel self-conscious about the appearance of their thighs.
How is a thigh lift performed?
This procedure is performed under general anesthesia and takes about 2-3 hours. It’s basically a medial thigh lift with the incision being placed at the groin and may extend along the inner thigh if there is significant excess skin near the lower thigh and knee. The thigh lift is often combined with liposuction. Liposuction is particularly helpful in contouring the lateral thigh areas also. The lateral thigh can be improved with a buttock lift as well.
What to expect after surgery?
Dr. Farris and his staff will provide specific instructions regarding your surgery.
Expect to have some swelling and bruising for several weeks. It will be important to wear your compression garment for 4 weeks and to keep your legs elevated as much as possible. Drains may be used and instructions will be provided regarding their use. Take your pain medication only when necessary and the antibiotic as prescribed. Stitches are placed under the skin during surgery so there is nothing to remove in the office. You may use vitamin E cream and scar products beginning 3 weeks after surgery to optimize healing of your scars. Avoid strenuous activity or exercise for 6 weeks.
- Where on the body are the incisions made for a thigh lift?
For a limited thigh lift, the incision is along the groin. For more extensive work to address excess skin lower in your thigh, the incision extends along the inner aspect of your thigh to the level of your knee.
- Will a thigh lift tighten muscle as well as skin?
A thigh lift will help contour your thigh area by removing excess skin and some fat. It does not involve surgery of the muscles of the thigh.
- Do I have to be a certain weight to be a candidate for a thigh lift?
Your weight should be stable with a body mass index (BMI) of less than 35. This will optimize your healing, aesthetic result and safety.
- Do you perform liposuction also for the thighs?
The thigh lift is often combined with liposuction to address the areas of adiposity that are not easily handled with direct excision.
- Will I need to wear a compression garment after a thigh lift?
Yes, you will need to wear a compression garment after a thigh lift to help reduce the swelling. Also, leg elevation will be important to help decrease swelling.
- Will I need drains after a thigh lift?
Drains are usually required after a thigh lift to help remove fluid from the surgical site. This will decrease the risk of developing a fluid collection.
- Do I have to be admitted to the hospital after a thigh lift?
No, a thigh lift is usually performed in an ambulatory setting, not requiring hospital admission. In this case, your surgery would be performed in our AAAASF accredited surgical suite within our office.