What is a thigh lift?
A thigh lift is performed to tighten the skin around the inner thigh to form a more aesthetically pleasing frame. The outer thigh skin can be tightened with a combination of a upper thigh lift and liposuction.
During a thigh lift procedure
This procedure requires a surgical incision of varying size based on how much skin must be removed. The location of the incision is usually on the medial side of the thigh and can be adjusted based on clothing preference or overall reduction of visibility.
What to expect after thigh lift surgery
After surgery, the patient is dressed in a compression garment to limit swelling. Discomfort is generally minimal in smaller lifts, but when large amounts of skin are removed, medication for discomfort aids in the recovery process.
When can I resume regular activities?
Light activity is normally possible after less than two weeks, while most physical activity is permissible at four to six weeks. Scars maximally fade within six months. Scar massage and selected lotions will aid in minimizing scarring.