What is a Thigh lift?
Laxity of the inner thigh skin, especially after weight loss, can be a significant problem. During a thigh lift, skin is removed and the medial thigh tightened to produce a more desirable contour of the leg. The incision line is often hidden in the groin area so as not to be noticeable.
What to expect:
An incision will be made on the inner of thigh that can be hidden with your legs together or from the back. Excess fat can be removed with liposuction or excision. By removing excess skin, many patients may also see a significant reduction in floppy inner thigh skin. Incisions are then sutured and the skin will be taped and wrapped in a supportive compression garment to help minimize swelling and promote healing.
You usually go home the same day. Swelling can last from 6 weeks to 3 months, but you will still notice an immediate difference. A compression garment can be worn for 4-6 weeks to help with swelling. A drain is sometimes placed and removed at an average of 1 week depending on the surgery. You cannot exercise for about 2 weeks and can expect to be out of work about 1-2 weeks depending on your profession. No heavy lifting more than 10 lbs for about 2 weeks, and no heavy leg exercises for 6-8 weeks. Scars will eventually fade over the next few months to a fine white scar. Many of our patients find that they can fit into smaller more form-fitting pants. You should be back to normal by 4-6 weeks.
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