The thighs are a common problem area and source of embarrassment for both men and women. Sometimes no amount of dieting and exercise results in the smooth, sexy thighs you want. When diet and exercise have failed, and you are stuck with loose, sagging skin on your thighs, a thigh lift may be the ideal option.
What Is a Thigh Lift?
A thigh lift is a procedure that works to reshape the thighs by reducing excess skin and fat. This results in smoother skin and more proportionate contours in the thigh region and the lower body. A thigh lift can be performed to improve the shape of the inner thighs, outer thighs or both.
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How Is a Thigh Lift Performed?
Thigh lifts are performed on an outpatient basis, so you will be free to return home the same day. Intravenous sedation is usually used. Incisions are made in the inner part of the thigh. Excess fat and skin are carefully removed, then the remaining skin is secured in place. The incision is placed in the inner part of the thigh. The procedure is usually performed on both thighs at the same time, and surgery can last up to four hours.
Am I a Candidate for a Thigh Lift?
If you have excess skin around your thighs, you may be a candidate for the thigh lift procedure. You need to be in good overall health. Let your surgeon know about any medications you are taking, including over-the-counter medications and vitamins, as they could have an effect on your eligibility as a candidate for the procedure. Good candidates have realistic expectations and realize that a thigh lift is not intended as a substitute for healthy weight loss.
Recovery from a Thigh Lift
A thigh lift is major surgery, and as such, it requires some downtime. You may need to wear compression garments to promote healing and ensure your new thighs take on the correct shape. Bruising, swelling, pain and numbness are common and can last for several months. Most patients are able to resume most daily activities within two to three weeks, but it is usually necessary to avoid strenuous activities and exercise for up to six weeks. It takes up to a year for the incisions to fully heal, and scarring is possible, but typically fades.