Thigh lift surgery is a highly effective plastic surgery procedure for removing excess, saggy and loose skin affecting the thighs after significant weight loss. Centre for Surgery is a specialist plastic surgery clinic in London and is a centre of excellence for post weight loss and excess skin removal surgery. Here we answer your most commonly asked questions about all aspects of thigh reduction surgery.
Can you tighten loose skin on your thighs with surgery?
Yes, loose skin on the inner thighs can be tightened with surgical procedures such as a thigh lift or liposuction.
How much excess skin can a thigh lift remove?
A thigh lift can remove a significant amount of excess skin in the inner thighs. The exact amount of skin removed will depend on the individual case and the extent of sagging. A consultation with a plastic surgeon can provide a more accurate assessment.
Do I need a thigh lift or liposuction?
The decision between a thigh lift and liposuction for excess skin removal in the inner thighs depends on various factors such as the amount and location of excess skin, the individual’s skin tone and elasticity, and their overall body contour goals. A consultation with a plastic surgeon can provide a more accurate recommendation after a thorough evaluation.
Will a thigh lift get rid of cellulite?
A thigh lift does not specifically target cellulite. It removes excess skin and tightens underlying tissues in the inner thigh area. Cellulite is a condition caused by the underlying fat deposits and fibrous tissue, which push against the skin and give it a dimpled appearance. Cellulite reduction treatments such as Morpheus8 or laser therapy can be used in combination with a thigh lift for optimal results. A consultation with a plastic surgeon can provide a more accurate recommendation.
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Can you have a tummy tuck and thigh lift at the same time?
Yes, a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) and thigh lift can be performed at the same time. This is known as a combined procedure and can be an effective way to address excess skin and fat in multiple areas of the body during a single surgical session. However, the feasibility and safety of a combined procedure will depend on various factors, such as the individual’s overall health, the extent of the procedures, and the surgeon’s experience.
Am I suitable for thigh lift surgery?
The suitability for thigh lift surgery depends on several factors, such as:
- Overall health and medical history
- Skin tone and elasticity
- Amount and location of excess skin
- Body contour goals
- Realistic expectations
To determine if you are suitable for thigh lift surgery, it is recommended to have a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon who can evaluate your individual case and provide a personalized recommendation.
Where are the incisions for a thigh lift?
The incisions for a thigh lift are typically located in the groin crease or inner thigh and can extend from the groin to the knee or beyond, depending on the extent of skin excess. The specific incision pattern will be determined by the plastic surgeon based on the individual case and the desired outcome. In some cases, a minimally invasive thigh lift procedure using smaller incisions can be performed.
How long does it take to recover from a thigh lift?
Recovery from a thigh lift can take several weeks to several months, depending on the extent of the procedure and the individual’s overall health. Here are some general recovery guidelines:
- Pain and swelling: Pain and swelling are normal after thigh lift surgery and can be managed with pain medication prescribed by the surgeon. The swelling may take several weeks to subside.
- Activity restrictions: Most people can return to light activities after 2 to 3 weeks, but strenuous activities should be avoided for at least 6 to 8 weeks.
- Wearing compression garment: The surgeon may recommend wearing a compression garment to help with swelling and to support the healing tissue.
- Incision care: The incisions should be kept clean and dry, and any signs of infection should be reported to the surgeon immediately.
- Follow-up appointments: The surgeon will schedule follow-up appointments to monitor the healing process and make any necessary adjustments.
It is important to follow the surgeon’s postoperative instructions carefully and to attend all follow-up appointments to ensure a successful recovery and optimal results.
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How do you sleep after a thigh lift?
Sleeping positions can affect the healing process after a thigh lift, and it is important to follow the surgeon’s postoperative instructions. Some general guidelines include the following:
- Elevation: Keep the legs elevated to reduce swelling and help with circulation.
- Sleeping position: Sleep on your back or with a pillow between your legs to keep pressure off the incisions and prevent excessive twisting of the legs.
- Avoid sleeping on the affected side: Sleeping on the side with the incisions can put pressure on the healing tissue and delay the recovery process.
It is also important to use a supportive mattress to reduce pressure on the incisions and to minimize the risk of developing bed sores. A consultation with a plastic surgeon can provide more specific recommendations for postoperative care.
Is A Thigh Lift Painful?
Thigh lift surgery can be associated with discomfort and pain, which can be managed with pain medication prescribed by the surgeon. The extent of discomfort and pain will depend on the individual’s pain tolerance, the extent of the procedure, and their overall health. Most patients experience some degree of discomfort and tenderness in the treated area during the first few days after the surgery, but this typically improves as the swelling subsides and the tissue begins to heal.
How long does swelling last after a thigh lift?
Swelling after a thigh lift can last for several weeks to several months. The exact timeline for swelling to subside will vary from person to person and will depend on factors such as the extent of the procedure, the individual’s overall health, and their postoperative care. Most patients experience a significant reduction in swelling within the first 2 to 3 weeks, but it can take several months for all swelling to subside. Your plastic surgeon can provide more specific information on the expected timeline for swelling based on your individual case.
How long after a thigh lift can I exercise?
The length of time before you can exercise after a thigh lift depends on the extent of the procedure, the individual’s overall health, and their postoperative care. As a general guideline, most patients can return to light activities after 2 to 3 weeks and resume more strenuous activities, such as exercise, after 6 to 8 weeks. However, it is important to follow your plastic surgeon’s postoperative instructions carefully and to avoid any activities that may cause excessive stress to the healing tissue. Your surgeon can provide a more specific timeline for when it is safe to resume exercise based on your individual case.
What Are The Scars Like after Thigh Lift?
The scars from a thigh lift are typically located in the groin crease or inner thigh and can extend from the groin to the knee or beyond, depending on the extent of skin excess. The scars will be visible and can be red, raised, and tender initially, but they will typically fade over time and become less noticeable. The length and location of the incisions will determine the visibility of the scars and will be discussed with the plastic surgeon during the consultation. In some cases, minimally invasive thigh lift procedures with smaller incisions can be performed, resulting in less visible scars. Good postoperative care and sun protection can help minimise scarring and promote healing. Your plastic surgeon can provide more information on what to expect with scars following a thigh lift.
What are the risks of a thigh lift?
Thigh lift surgery is a safe and effective procedure when performed by a qualified plastic surgeon, but like any surgery, it does carry certain risks and potential complications. Some common risks associated with thigh lift surgery include:
- Bleeding: Bleeding during or after the surgery can occur, although this is rare.
- Infection: There is a risk of infection, which can be treated with antibiotics.
- Numbness or sensitivity: Numbness or sensitivity in the skin around the incisions is common after surgery but typically improves over time.
- Scarring: Scarring is a normal part of the healing process, but the visibility and extent of scarring will depend on the individual and the extent of the procedure.
- Asymmetry: Uneven skin tightening or asymmetry can occur and may require additional surgery to correct.
- Poor wound healing: The incisions may not heal properly, which can result in poor scarring, or the tissue may break down, requiring additional surgery.
It is important to discuss these risks and any potential complications with your plastic surgeon before undergoing a thigh lift, and to follow all postoperative instructions carefully to minimize the risk of complications and ensure a successful outcome.
When can I shower after thigh lift surgery?
The timing for when you can shower after thigh lift surgery depends on your surgeon’s instructions and the extent of the procedure. In general, you may be able to shower within 24 to 48 hours after the surgery, but your surgeon may recommend that you wait several days to allow the incisions to begin healing. It is important to follow your surgeon’s instructions carefully, as showering too soon or with water that is too hot can increase the risk of infection and delay healing. Your plastic surgeon can provide more specific information on when you can shower after your thigh lift based on your individual case.
When can I see the final results of the thigh lift surgery?
The final results of a thigh lift surgery may take several months to become apparent as the swelling subsides and the incisions heal. It is common for some swelling and residual swelling to persist for several months, particularly in the first few weeks after the surgery. Over time, the swelling will resolve, and the incisions will fade, revealing the final results. However, it is important to keep in mind that individual results may vary and that maintaining a stable weight and healthy lifestyle can help ensure the longevity of the results. Your plastic surgeon can provide more information on what to expect with the final results of your thigh lift.
How do I minimise scars after the thigh lift surgery?
Minimising scars after thigh lift surgery requires a combination of proper surgical technique and good postoperative care. Here are some steps you can take to minimise scars:
- Follow your surgeon’s instructions: Be sure to follow your surgeon’s postoperative instructions carefully, including the use of topical ointments and dressings, as well as avoiding excessive sun exposure.
- Keep the incisions clean and dry: Keeping the incisions clean and dry can help reduce the risk of infection and promote healing.
- Massage the incisions: Gently massaging the incisions can help improve circulation and minimize scarring.
- Use silicone sheets or gels: Silicone sheets or gels can help reduce scarring by keeping the incisions hydrated and promoting healthy tissue growth.
- Avoid sun exposure: Excessive sun exposure can cause hyperpigmentation and increase the visibility of scars, so be sure to protect your incisions from the sun.
- Wait until incisions are fully healed: Wait until the incisions are fully healed before using any creams or lotions that could cause irritation or discolouration.
- Avoid smoking: Smoking can impair circulation and slow the healing process, so it is important to quit smoking or avoid smoking for several weeks before and after the surgery.
Remember, scars are a normal part of the healing process, and your plastic surgeon can provide specific recommendations on how to minimise scarring based on your individual case.
Thigh Lift Surgery at Centre for Surgery
If you would like to learn more about the benefits of thigh reduction surgery, call us today on 020 7993 4849 or complete the contact form below. Our specialist cosmetic surgery clinic in Marylebone is considered one of the most advanced day surgery facilities in the UK. We carry out hundreds of post weight loss skin removal procedures each year. Our specialist plastic surgeons are renowned experts in excess skin removal surgery and will work with you closely to plan the most suitable treatment to achieve the best outcomes.
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