The thighs are a problem area for most people. For some, fat accumulates on the thighs as a result of age. There are also some people with stubborn fat on their thighs despite a moderate level of activity and a reasonable diet.

A thigh lift is a cosmetic procedure that reduces excess fat, skin, and tissue in the thighs, resulting in a shapely and contoured lower body. This procedure can be a great option for people who have lost a significant amount of weight rapidly and have loose, excess skin.

How is the Thigh Lift Procedure Performed

A thigh lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia. During the surgical process, the surgeon will make strategically placed incisions based on your desired results and her keen attention to detail.

The incisions are made in a way that they remain hidden within the contours of your body. Fat, skin, and tissue are removed through these incisions and the areas will be recontoured. The incisions are then sealed with sutures. Thigh lifts are considered major surgery and the procedure can take a few hours to complete.

Am I A Candidate For A Thigh Lift?

If you carry unwanted and stubborn fat on your thighs, a thigh lift may be the procedure for you. In addition, to qualify for a thigh lift, you should be in good mental and physical health, not be obese and not smoke or drink heavily. Make sure your expectations are realistic before going in for the surgery. Your surgeon can help you understand what is possible for you to get out of the procedure during a consultation.

What Does The Surgeon Need To Know During A Consultation?

Before you go in for surgery, you will have a consultation a few days to a few weeks before, depending on the preparation needed to be undertaken by you. Openly discuss with your surgeon your medical history, surgical goals, current medications and previous surgeries. Ask questions about your surgeon’s background and experience. Make sure the surgeon is appropriately qualified and certified to work on your body.

How Long Is The Recovery Period?

Post-surgery, the surgeon will provide instructions on how to recover at home. For the first few days, you may need assistance at home to perform routine activities. The patient should be able to return to work in about two weeks.

The entire recovery period, not including the time it will take for the scarring to fade, until the time the compression garment is removed should be about a month.

How Long Until I See Results And How Long Do The Results Last?

The patient should be able to see the results of the procedure almost immediately. However, several months may elapse before the results are fully visible. The results are permanent, but largely depends on the patient maintaining a healthy diet and exercise regimen.

Contact Our Office

A thigh lift surgery is a great way for people to get rid of all that excess fat and loose skin around their thighs and achieve a well-defined look that will turn heads. If you’re interested in learning more about the surgery, contact the Cosmetic Surgery Center to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. JoAnne Lopes today!