A thigh lift is a surgical procedure performed to remove excess skin and fat that is concentrated within one’s legs. Not only is some tissue removed but a youthful lifting and contouring of the thighs is performed simultaneously. Both men and women can undergo this procedure to address body contouring concerns. This is another procedure that is often after significant weight loss to help restore a more desirable shape and tone to the legs.
Best outcomes are seen in patients who are at a stable weight, physically healthy, and non-smokers. Some of our happiest patients view this surgery as the last step, after weight loss and exercise, in unlocking the look they always wanted.
Who is a Candidate for Thigh Lift Surgery?
Patients who are concerned with loose or sagging skin/fat around their legs and thighs
Patients with excess fatty deposits between their legs and/or right above their knees
Patients who have had a substantial weight loss and have been at a stable goal weight for several months
Your Consultation Visit
A full hour is scheduled for this first meeting. During this appointment we want you to be comfortable, get educated about your upcoming surgery, and get to know your surgeon and their staff. A thorough review of your medical history, surgical history and current medications will be performed. Following this, a detailed explanation of your surgery and the recovery process will be covered. Finally, a physical examination will be done where photographs and measurements are collected. This entire process will allow your surgeon to ensure that your procedure will be safe and effective.
At the end of your appointment pricing information will be provided as well as an opportunity to schedule your procedure.
The Day of Surgery
For your comfort and safety your procedure will be performed at an accredited surgical hospital. You will get to meet all nursing staff and anesthesia providers prior to your surgery. Your surgeon will also visit with your preoperatively to review surgical plan and preform surgical marking. All members of this team will work to provide a discreet, comfortable, and professional level of care from the moment you check in until your discharge.
The surgery itself will be done under general anesthesia. During your surgery, meticulous dissection and closure is performed. The operative site is closed over drains and local anesthetic is placed to help improve postoperative pain control. All incisions are covered with a surgical bandage and then a compressive garment is placed for postop comfort and support.
Most patients elect to spend the evening in the hospital following this procedure. Staying in the hospital affords you around the clock care, excess to iv pain medications, and the support of knowledgeable nursing staff.
Typically, you are comfortable and ready for discharge the following morning after being seen by a member of our plastic surgery team. At the time of this discharge, nursing staff will review specific postop instructions and medications with you and your caregiver.
We ask you to stay in your compression garment as much as possible following your procedure. Your legs will feel swollen and sore for a few days following surgery. This discomfort should be readily controlled with the medications prescribed for you. You will need assistance getting around and doing normal activities of daily living.
You may shower the day after surgery. We will encourage you to get up and walk around frequently after surgery to promote healing and reduce your risk for developing blood clots.
A follow-up appointment in clinic will be made for the week after surgery. Follow-up appointments will be utilized to remove any sutures, drains, and ensure your recovery is on track. We like to see patients frequently during the first several weeks following your procedure. During your recovery we encourage you to call our clinic whenever a question or concern arises. We want you to have a stress-free recovery focused on allowing your body time to heal. Everyone’s recovery is unique to their experience. However, most patients will be ready to return to work in 1 week. We ask that you avoid any strenuous activity for 6-8 weeks following surgery. Your result will likely be evident sometime between 3-6 months after surgery.
If you are interested in surgery, spend some time reviewing this information and videos on our website. We also have photo library of before and after results from some or our past clients.
Then give our clinic a call at (605) 334-1930 to schedule your free initial consultation.