If you are dealing with excess fat or skin in the thigh area despite your best efforts to remove such excess fat or skin through diet and exercise, you could be an ideal candidate for thigh lift surgery! At Victoria Plastic Surgery Center in Fairfax, VA, our plastic surgeons and medical estheticians would be pleased to evaluate the excess skin and fat around your thighs to determine if you would benefit from thigh lift surgery or another treatment method.
What is a Thigh Lift?
Thigh lift surgery gets rid of sagging skin, reshaping the thighs by creating a contour of the thighs and lower body. Thigh lifts are often accompanied by liposuction to remove excess fat deposits where skin has good elasticity and is able to naturally conform to new body contours. Thigh lift surgery gets rid of sagging skin, reshaping the thighs by creating a contour of the thighs and lower body.
How long does a thigh lift last?
On average, a thigh lift procedure itself typically takes around two hours to complete. With that being said, since a thigh lift is a surgical procedure, there will also be several hours of pre-operative preparation and post-operative recovery time. As such, when considering the preparation, procedure, and recovery time, a thigh lift surgery will most likely take a full day or most of the day from start to finish.
Moreover, the length of time that a thigh lift procedure will take typically varies according to the type of thigh lift being performed. As such, a mini thigh lift, which only involves tissues in the upper region of the thigh, will take less time to complete than a vertical thigh lift, which involves all areas of the thighs. Other types of thigh lift procedures include inner or medial thigh lifts and outer or bilateral thigh lifts.
Is thigh lift surgery painful?
Thigh lift surgery is performed using general anesthesia. As such, you will either be asleep or sedated during the procedure, preventing you from feeling any pain as the plastic surgeon removes excess skin and fat from the treatment area. While you will not feel any pain during thigh lift surgery, you will likely experience some bruising, pain, and swelling for several days after the procedure once the anesthesia wears off. Your surgeon can prescribe pain relief medication to help manage the post-operative discomfort. However, aspirin and ibuprofen are not recommended after surgical procedures because of increased bleeding risks associated with such medicine.
Do thigh lifts surgery work?
Thigh lift surgeries can be a highly effective treatment for individuals who have recently lost weight in their thighs and are hoping to achieve smoother and more shapely thighs by removing excess fat and skin in the thighs. With that being said, thigh lift surgery works best for individuals who have maintained a steady weight for at least six months and have already achieved their target weight.
Can you walk after a thigh lift surgery?
While you will be required to rest for a couple of hours after a thigh lift surgery, you should be able to walk around after the post-operative recovery and before leaving the hospital or surgery center. However, your plastic surgeon will instruct you to avoid strenuous activity, climbing stairs, or squatting, and to prioritize rest for several days after thigh lift surgery. With that being said, it is generally recommended to take short walks around your home to keep your blood circulating properly.
Your plastic surgeon will also provide you with several other instructions on how to properly care for the surgery site following the procedure and when you should schedule a follow-up appointment. The purpose of the follow-up appointment is so that the plastic surgeon can evaluate the procedure’s success and remove any sutures, as long as the incisions have sufficiently healed.
Recovery for a Thigh Lift
Dr. Suh’s team will apply medical dressings to your incisions. You may also need to wear an elastic bandage to minimize the swelling. If necessary, you may need a small, thin, subdermal tube to temporarily to drain any excess blood or fluid. Dr. Suh will give you specific instructions for thigh lift recovery including post-surgery care, medications, specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health, and when to schedule a follow-up. Don’t forget to ask Dr. Suh specific questions about what you can expect during recovery, such as:
- Where will I be taken immediately after surgery?
- When will you remove my stitches?
- Will there be drains? For how long?
- When can I bathe or shower?
- When can I resume my normal daily routine?
Am I a Candidate for a Thigh Lift?
If you have skin that has poor elasticity, a thigh lift along with liposuction is advisable. You are a candidate if you are:
- An adult with significant upper arm skin laxity
- Stable in your weight and not significantly overweight
- Do not have medical conditions that impair healing or increase risk of surgery
- A non-smoker
- Realistic with your specific goals for body contouring
For more information about thigh lift surgery or to schedule one for yourself with us at Victoria Plastic Surgery Center, please feel free to do so through our website or by calling us! Victoria Plastic Surgery Center is located at 8503 Arlington Blvd, Suite 130, in Fairfax, Virginia. We serve clients in Fairfax VA, Alexandria VA, Washington VA, Reston VA, Annandale VA, and Manassas VA.