What is a Thigh Lift (Leg Lift)?
A thigh lift is a surgical procedure that removes loose skin and fat from the thighs, typically after significant weight loss, liposuction, or sagging due to aging, pregnancy or genetic factors. In cases where skin elasticity is poor, a thigh lift along with liposuction may be recommended.
There are several types of thigh lifts that address different anatomical concerns.
- An inner thigh or medial thigh lift addresses laxity that can extend down the inner thigh, to the knees.
- A mini thigh lift can be performed with an incision in the groin crease at the top of the inner thighs, to remedy sagging in the upper legs.
- A bilateral, outer thigh, or lateral thigh lift can be done in conjunction with a lower body lift. The incision is made just below the butt, where a bikini or a pair of underwear would hit, and continues to the outside of the legs.
- A posterior or spiral thigh lift tightens skin on the back of the thighs. It’s done with an incision placed under the buttocks.
Who is a Good Candidate for a Thigh Lift?
People with significant excess skin or significant sagging from a loss of elasticity that can’t be remedied with exercise or nonsurgical solutions may be good candidates for a thigh lift. As with most cosmetic surgeries, a non-smoker who’s near their ideal weight, follows a healthy lifestyle, and has realistic expectations about their procedure makes the best candidate.
What Can You Expect During Thigh Lift Recovery?
Expect to take up to two weeks off work while you recover from your thigh lift.
You’ll be discharged in a compression garment, which you’ll have to wear for three to four weeks. You may experience pain for the first 24 to 48 hours as well as soreness, bruising and swelling for several weeks after.
Body position during recovery is very important. To lessen tension on the incisions and prevent wound separation, sleep and rest with your legs slightly bent. Place a pillow under your knees, to help get comfortable, and try to keep your legs elevated.
You’ll be able to shower after the first several days and move around a bit, to increase circulation. In most cases, patients can go out in public in four to five days.
If you have an office job, you should be able to return to work within two weeks, using a pillow on your chair. The recovery time for a thigh lift should be at least six weeks before you can resume strenuous activity.
As you become more active, you may notice some swelling in your ankles, but it should go down considerably by the end of the first month.
When Will You See Results from Thigh Lift Surgery and How Long Will They Last?
You’ll see some immediate thigh lift results, but it can take weeks and even months, in some cases, for the swelling and bruising to resolve. You won’t see final results until several months after your procedure, once all the swelling has gone down.
Your results should last, so long as you don’t gain a significant amount of weight, but your skin will still naturally sag with age.
Thigh Lift Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Cost of Thigh Lift Surgery?
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