Thigh lift surgery is a kind of plastic surgery to reshape the thighs by reducing excess skin and fat in it. The procedure is resulting in smoother skin and well-proportioned contours of the thighs and the whole lower body. If your attempts for having a firmer lower body and well-shaped thighs by weight control through diet and fitness didn't work, a thigh lift surgery may be your rescuer.
The thigh area, also known as the upper leg, has an important role in the aesthetic appearance of the legs. Particularly in summer, women wish to have a perfect appearance for this region when wearing their swimsuits. Especially after a rapid loss weight, women become unhappier, when they see the sagging thigh skin. While the stretching and lifting surgeries are performed in almost every region of the body, this operation is one of the most preferred one among them because of this common aesthetic reason.
In this article, we will give you general information about the thigh lift surgery, list the features of the right candidates for this surgery, talk about the recovery process, about its benefits and finally about its cost.
Thigh Lift Surgery Procedure – What Is A Thigh Lift Surgery?
Most thigh lift procedures take at least two or three hours to complete but depending on the particular needs of your cosmetic surgery itself it may take longer. The whole procedure includes the following steps;
Anesthesia options include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. The most appropriate option will be chosen by your surgeon.
• Placing the Incisions
Incision patterns may differ depending on the area(s) to be operated, the degree of the need in correction, surgeon's preference, and your expectations. Using these incisions, surgeons remove loose skin and also fat tissue together. It can be combined with a tummy tuck if necessary.
Inner thigh lift incision
There are 2 techniques for placing inner thigh lift incision. One of them is used the incision in the groin, extending downward and wrapping around the back of the thigh. Another one removes excess skin from the groin down to the knee using an incision throughout the inseam.
Outer thigh lift incision
For improving the contours of the outer thigh, your surgeon may use an incision extending from the groin around the hip and across the back.
• Closing the Incisions
Deep sutures using within underlying tissues help to establish and support the newly shaped contours. Your surgeon may use the sutures, skin adhesive tapes or clips to close the skin incisions placed during the operation.
• Follow Up
Although it will be hidden by swelling and bruising in the beginning, you can see and feel the smoother and tighter contouring results from your thigh lift surgery right after it is completed. During your recovery process, you need to visit your surgeon regularly to make him/her follow your improvement closely and examine you to avoid for any complications leading from your surgery. This is an important part of the whole process.
Candidates for Thigh Lift Surgery
For being a good candidate, firstly, of course, you should have undesired excess skin and soft tissue in your thigh area. You need to be in good general health. You should not smoke. You need to be in an appropriate weight. And lastly, and one of the most important things is, you should have realistic expectations and share them all with your surgeon before the operation.
Your surgeon will review your medical records and test results to decide your candidacy. You need to explain your goals well, for avoiding to face any disappointment after your thigh lift surgery. There are many types of thigh lifts, vary by the size and shape of the incision used by your surgeon to remove excess skin, fat, and tissue. Your surgeon will also evaluate your candidacy for each of these types of thigh lifts and recommend which may suit your needs and preferences most. These types include inner thigh lift, upper thigh lift, mini thigh lift, lateral thigh lift, and medial thigh lift.
If your surgeon decides that you are not a candidate for a thigh lift surgery, he/she may recommend an alternative treatment to help you to correct the appearance of your thighs.
Recovery Process of Thigh Lift Surgery
In the first day after your thigh lift surgery, you should follow a liquid diet and apply ice bags to reduce the swelling and bruising. Two days after your thigh lift surgery, you can start to take a shower by removing your compression garment. But you need to wear it again just after your gentle shower. In 1 week, your surgeon may remove your sutures and drains, if your incisions look well. Advanced techniques using by your surgeon will probably allow incisions to be placed in strategic locations where they can be hidden by clothing and swimsuits. However, they may be extended for some particular cases.
In 2-3 weeks after your surgery, you may return to work or daily routine. You can start to sit on your thighs with the help of pillows.
You should also continue not to smoke for healing faster.
You should still wear your compression garment all day and night until one month is completed. Your swelling and bruising should get lost.
After 2-3 months, your thigh lift surgery scars should disappear, if any complications don’t occur.
And finally, 6-12 months after your thigh lift surgery, your recovery process should fully complete. You can enjoy your final result and compare your thigh lift photos taken before and after surgery.
Benefits of Thigh Lift Surgery
Thigh lift surgery is one of the most effective operations that women feel more self-confident and prettier after having it. Accumulated fat cells, cellulite and excess skin on the thighs can make women look heavier and older than they are.
Thanks to the thigh lift surgery, the women can see now the perfect transformation of the shape of their upper legs and enjoy their improved thigh contour, especially in the summer!
How Much Does Thigh Lift Surgery Cost?
A thigh lift cost may vary according to your personalized procedure performed to meet your specific preferences and medical needs. The average thigh lift surgery cost worldwide is €5,500,
while it is €2,500 on average in Turkey.
This content is edited by Flymedi Medical Editors in February 2019.