Excess skin and fat can be removed from your thighs in this operation. Many individuals choosing a thighplasty procedure have excess skin as a result of weight loss, or simply because of the natural effects of aging. Thighplasty removes excess fat and skin from the inner thighs resulting in a tighter, firmer, more toned thigh appearance. Cellulite can be improved somewhat with this procedure.
A thigh lift usually lasts several hours. The surgery begins with an incision in the groin area that usually extends down the inner thighs. The skin on your thighs is separated from the fat and muscle below by moving the flap of skin upwards. Then, the excess skin is removed and the remaining skin lifted and closed.
The length of incisions made will depend on the extent of operation you require. Similar to a brachioplasty, the scars are long and visible, but most patients find this an acceptable trade-off for a better thigh contour. Drains are often used and removed 1-2 weeks afterward. A compression garment is worn for 4 weeks postoperatively to minimize the risks of fluid collections (seroma), bleeding (hematoma), and to improve the overall result.
Approximately 2-3 hours
Temporary swelling, bruising and some pain
Pain, hematoma, seroma, DVT or pulmonary embolism, infection, asymmetry, persistent numbness, adverse scarring, healing delay, labial out-turning
Light duties: 1-2 weeks. More strenuous activity: 4-6 weeks
Permanent with stable weight