At a Glance
Unhappy with the appearance of your thighs? Feel like your thighs are too big? Do you want to have a slimmer or more youthful appearance? A thigh lift is an effective way to improve large or sagging thighs.
The effects of ageing, gravity and weight changes can cause the skin of the inner and outer thigh to lose tone. Thigh lift surgery is a highly effective procedure for women whose thighs have lost their youthful shape. The surgical procedure can dramatically improve the appearance of sagging thighs. Centre for Surgery has specialist expertise in body contouring surgery after significant weight loss.
Thigh lift surgery is increasing in popularity in the UK. People who have accumulated large amounts of loose, sagging skin on their thighs, and now wish to have their thighs reshaped can consider undergoing thigh lift surgery to lift their saggy thighs. You may also be interested in undergoing a mini thigh lift.
The procedure is ideal for those who desire a toned appearance of their inner and outer thighs especially for those who feel that they have sagging appearance they want to get rid of.
Centre for Surgery offers this procedure for those who are over 18 years old. It is recommended that you stop smoking prior to the procedure, as well as during the recovery period.
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A thigh lift is a cosmetic surgical procedure which is designed to reshape the thigh and hip area by removing excess skin and fat deposits from the thighs and hips.
In the surgery, the surgeon surgically removes excess thigh skin and fat and repositions the remaining skin and tissue to create a slimmer, firmer and more defined thigh. The surgeon may make either a horizontal or vertical incision, depending on your body, the location of the excess skin and fat and your end goals.
The surgery to lift the thighs is often combined with other body lift surgeries such as liposuction and fat transfer to the buttocksto enhance the results. The operation usually takes around two to three hours to complete, depending on the extent of work required, how much excess skin you have, and whether any combined procedures are involved.
Patients are usually discharged approximately three hours after the surgery. You will be able to go home the same day as your surgery.
These risks and complications can be reduced by carefully following the post-surgery advice of your surgeon. Make sure that you have someone to look after you at home for at least the first week following the surgery.
Start walking as soon as possible, but avoid strenuous activities like gym activities or heavy housework as they may stress the incision sites.
Following a thigh tuck, light exercise is usually recommended as it can speed up the healing process and minimize the risk of developing blood clots. It may take you approximately four to six weeks to resume vigorous exercise. It is strongly recommended to wear the compression garment to help minimise bruising and swelling and smoothen the skin. Post-operative dressings are usually removed in two to three days. A visit to the surgeon will be needed for a wound evaluation.
If the above-mentioned instructions are followed closely, the thigh lift results can last for many years.
Potential Risks and Complications
As with any other surgery, thigh tuck carries a few risks and complications. Mentioned below are some of the potential complications associated with the surgery:
- Persistent pain and discomfort during the healing process following a thigh tuck
- Although rare, excessive bleeding can occur after this procedure
- Substantial swelling that probably will last for several weeks
- Bruising at the incision sites that can spread down the legs
- Long visible scars
- Possibility of scarring
- Blood clots
- Nerve damage
- Fluid collection underneath the skin
- Anaesthetic complications
- Temporary or numbness around the thighs
- Porary or numbness around the thighs
What is a thigh lift?A thigh lift removes excess skin from the thighs. This generally occurs after a large weight loss.
Am I an ideal candidate for thigh lift?The procedure is ideal for those who desire a toned appearance of their inner and outer thighs especially for those who feel that they have sagging appearance they want to get rid of. Those who have lost a large amount of weight and have sagging skin may wish to undergo a thigh lift.
What is the recovery period like?Start walking as soon as possible, but avoid strenuous activities like gym activities or heavy housework as they may stress the incision sites.
Will I need to wear a compression garment?You will need to wear a compression garment after having a thigh lift. This will help to keep the thighs in the best shape possible, avoid any fluid build up and avoid any wound injuries.
Your surgeon will be able to advise you exactly how long you will be required to wear your compression garment.
What are the risks associated with the procedure?You can expect pain and discomfort during the recovery period and also substantial swelling but it will go away over time. Potential risks such as infection, excessive bleeding, blood clots, nerve damage may occur, but very rare.
Can I have other surgeries with a thigh lift?Many people will wish to combine a thigh lift with other cosmetic procedures such as liposuction, a buttock lift or fat transfer to the buttock. This will help you to achieve a fully rejuvenated appearance.
Will I have to stay in hospital overnight?At Centre for Surgery, a thigh lift is performed as a day case. This means you will be able to return home on the same day as your procedure once the effects of the anaesthetic have worn off.
When can I start exercising again?You will have to avoid all vigorous physical exercise for four to six weeks.
You will be encouraged to walk as soon as possible in order to minimise the likelihood of blood clots occurring.