What is a thighplasty surgery?

Thighplasty, informally known as thigh lift plastic surgery, is an extensive procedure that removes excess skin to create smoother, better-proportioned thighs. Liposuction is occasionally utilized to extract fat, boost contour effects and provide a more symmetrical appearance.

How does a thighplasty work?

Thighplasty is typically performed as an outpatient surgery under general anesthesia. Since there are several approaches, we thoroughly consult with you to understand the specific area you seek to address and determine the technique that will provide the best results.

The inner thigh lift is the most popular, but you may also consider targeting the outer thigh, a combination of areas or the entire thigh. Incision placement varies depending on the approach. Incisions may be located in the inner groin region, lower buttocks or inner thigh area.

What to expect from thighplasty

Post-surgery, your wounds will be bandaged and you will receive a supportive compression garment to wear over the pelvis and thighs for up to three weeks. This garment helps minimize swelling and prevents blood clots. You may also experience soreness and bruising, which should vanish within a few weeks.

For some patients, one or more small, temporary drainage tubes are implanted to prevent fluid buildup.

For roughly the first 10 days of the healing process, you will need to recline or stand at all times. It is safe to practice limited activity relatively soon after the surgery; we often recommend walking as early as one day afterward to help prevent blood clots from forming in your legs.

You should expect to be absent from work for seven to 10 days. Full recovery usually amounts to six weeks. You will notice surgery results almost immediately, though it may take a number of weeks before complete development is fully realized.

Thighplasty produces long-lasting results when you maintain a healthy lifestyle with a stable weight.

Risks of thighplasty

Thighplasty is prone to the usual suspects for surgical risks, including bleeding, blood clots, infection, wound issues, numbness and asymmetry. Accumulation of fluid in the legs is also a potential outcome. As is the case with most surgeries, permanent scarring can occur. However, the strategic approach and precision of our surgeons guarantees that scars are located in areas that are covered by most clothing. To avoid these issues, it is very important to have an experienced reconstructive surgeon performing your surgery.

Have questions? Contact us to schedule a consultation with a reconstructive surgeon.

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