Thighplasty (thigh lift) is performed to tighten the skin of the thighs, with the goal being to produce slim, contoured thighs that look proportionate to the rest of the body. Thighplasty may be performed alone, or in combination with other cosmetic procedures, such as liposuction. Candidates for thighplasty are in good general health, but have excess skin and/or tissue on their thighs as a result of aging, pregnancy or significant weight loss. Thighplasty is not considered a procedure for losing weight; it is performed only on those who are close to their ideal weight but unhappy with the loose sagging skin on their thighs.
The Thighplasty Procedure
Thighplasties are usually performed on an outpatient basis. Performed under general anesthesia, this procedure requires an incision where the thigh and pubic area meet. Skin and/or fat is removed, and the remaining skin is lifted and sutured into place at the incision site. Drains may be placed to keep fluid from building up; if so, they are removed after a few days. Surgery typically takes 2 to 3 hours. Post surgery, a compression garment is worn to minimize swelling and promote healing.
Recovery from Thighplasty
Bruising, swelling and soreness are common after thighplasty; pain medication and anti-inflammatories are typically prescribed. Bruising and swelling are usually gone within a month. Patients can return to work within 7 to 10 days, and resuming most physical activity is permissible at 4 to 6 weeks. Although there are scars, they are hidden in the body’s natural creases, and will fade over time.