If you are an active individual who eats well and exercises regularly, yet still can’t eliminate excess fat from your thighs, then a thigh lift may be right for you. This procedure removes excess skin and fat, resulting in a smooth, well-proportioned appearance for your thighs and lower body.*
Am I a good candidate for a thigh lift?
During your evaluation, you and your plastic surgeon will assess your overall health. Good candidates for thigh lifts are free of serious medical conditions that impair the healing process. Also, the procedure is best for patients with a relatively stable weight, nonsmokers, and patients committed to a healthy lifestyle. Thigh lifts should not be used as a substitute for proper nutrition and exercise.
What is the thigh lift procedure?
Thigh lifts proceed in three steps:
- Anesthesia: The procedure is performed under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. Your plastic surgeon will advise you on the best choice for your physiology.
- Making the Incisions: Every thigh lift is different, but the procedure is separated into two general categories: inner and outer incisions. The choice depends on the treatment area, degree of correction, and personal preference. Inner thigh lifts involve an incision starting at the groin and extending around the back of the thigh, or alternatively, an incision along the inseam from the groin to the knee. Outer thigh lifts involve an incision around the front of the thigh from the groin to the hips. Your plastic surgeon will do their best to make the incisions as unnoticeable as possible. Often, incisions can be placed so that clothing and swimsuits will keep them hidden. However, if your operation is extensive, your incisions may be difficult to hide.
- Closing the Incisions: Your plastic surgeon closes the incisions with sutures that arrange thigh tissue into the desired position. Clips or skin adhesive tapes may also be used.
Thigh Lift Recovery and Results
We recommend that you arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home from the surgery. The procedure takes approximately two hours, and you should allow for a week’s recovery time before going back to work. Make sure to follow your plastic surgeon’s instructions for caring for your dressings and bandages. Avoid subjecting your surgical incisions to excessive force, abrasion, or motion to allow the healing process to proceed. You may return for several follow-up visits to remove your sutures and check on the progress of your treatment.
Swelling and bruising may persist for several days. It will take time for your final results to fully develop. Your skin should have a smoother look and feel. If you maintain good fitness and a stable weight, results can be long-lasting.*
Let the experts at Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery Group conduct your thigh lift with the utmost attention to your comfort and appearance. Schedule a consultation today to get the thigh lift process started.