This sagging skin is usually caused by weight loss. The natural ageing process also causes skin to lose elasticity, but both men and women will often find that the thighs, in particular, lose their firmness as the layers of muscle and fat become thinner. In such cases, a thigh lift can help to restore and tighten these areas, giving a much firmer, youthful look and leaving you more confident to wear fitted trousers and shorts.
Planning Your Thigh Lift Surgery
The consultation for thighs lift
In your initial consultation, your surgeon will evaluate your health and explain which surgical techniques that may be the most appropriate for you, based on the condition of your thighs and skin tone. Be sure to discuss your expectations frankly with our staff. Dr Barnouti will be equally frank with you, describing your alternatives treatments and the risks and limitations of each procedure. History of smoking, medications, vitamins or other drugs need to be noted. The best candidates for thigh lift are men or women who are looking for improvement in the way they look. If you’re physically healthy and realistic in your expectations, you are a good candidate.
This surgery is performed with general anaesthetic requiring you to fast 6 hours prior.
In thigh lift surgery, the incision is placed along the upper inner thigh area. In some cases, where additional lift is needed, the incision may carry on along either the groin line or the buttock fold. Excess skin and fat are removed through the incisions and the remaining skin is stitched closed. Sometimes the operation is performed in conjunction with liposuction. Regardless of the location of the surgical incision, every effort is made to insure that the resulting scars will be as inconspicuous as possible. Drainage tubes following the operation may be needed and the surgery usually takes about 2-4hours to complete. Dissolving stitches are used to close the incisions, which will also be taped for greater support.
You will require staying in hospital overnight. Make sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery and to help out for few days.
You’re likely to feel tired and sore for a few days following your surgery, but you’ll be up and around in 24 to 48 hours.
Most of your discomfort can be controlled by medication that we will prescribe.
Within one week, the supporting tape will be removed and the wound will be checked at our clinic and you will be asked to wear a compression garment. This is to reduce swelling and assist in shrinking and tightening of the skin. You should wear it as directed.
What are the risks associated with this procedure?
Plastic surgery, like any surgical procedure, carries inherent risks and potential complications.
Please read our Risks and Complications of Plastic Surgery page.
Getting back to work and normal activities after thighs lift
You should be able to return to work within a week, depending on the level of activity required for your job.
Gym and normal activities in 3-4 weeks.
Your scars will be firm and pink for six weeks. After 6 months, your scars will begin to fade to a fine white line.
Your new look
For most patients, the results of thigh lift are extremely satisfying. Your decision to have a thigh lift is a highly personal one that not everyone will understand. What is important is how you yourself feel about it. If you’ve met your personal goals, then your surgery is a success.