What is a thigh lift?
Thigh lift surgery reduces excess fat and skin to help contour the thighs. A thigh lift can also create smoother skin and tighter more firm appearance in the lower body. Extreme weight loss can be one reason for excess skin around the legs. Although healthy eating and working out are important, they will not be able to tighten your thighs completely.
Am I a good candidate for thigh lift surgery?
If you want a more youthful-looking and more proportionate body image and you want to tighten loose skin, a thigh lift may be right for you. Patients who have had extreme weight loss and are looking for tighter skin to show off their new legs may also want to have a thigh lift done.
What to expect during a thigh lift surgery:
Thigh lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia and Dr. Payne will make incisions to remove skin, and contour your legs. One technique used for a thigh lift is placing incisions in the groin, extending downward and wrapping around the back of the thigh. Another technique removes excess skin from the groin down to the knee using an incision along the inseam. Every person is different and Dr. Payne will decide what technique is right for you.
Most of your incisions can be hidden with clothes until they fully heal.
How long is recovery time for a thigh lift?
Recovery time can take around two to three weeks, but you may be able to return to work in two or three days. It is always a good idea to rest after surgery and give your body time to recover and heal.
You will want to refrain from strenuous activity until Dr. Payne approves it, and he will make sure your recovery is smooth and all incisions are healing properly.
What to expect after a thigh lift surgery?
As our body ages, it is natural to lose some of the elasticity. However, most of your improvement from surgery should remain. Patients who are good candidates tend to have phenomenal results and feel confident in clothes and shorts again.
Will there be scarring with a thigh lift?
Some scars will be present but with proper care of the area and with use of scar cream and post procedural cream, the scars should fade and gradually become less noticeable.