Cosmetic Surgery

Thigh Lift: Reshaping Your Thighs for a Toned Appearance

Introduction to Thigh Lift

A thigh lift, also known as thighplasty, is a surgical procedure designed to reshape and tighten the thighs by removing excess skin and fat. It is commonly performed to address sagging skin in the inner thigh area, particularly after significant weight loss or due to aging. The specific method used will depend on the individual's needs and preferences.

During a thigh lift, cuts are made in the skin in strategic locations, which can vary depending on the patient's needs and the extent of the correction required. The incisions are typically placed in the groin area, extending downward to the inner thigh or along the crease of the buttock. Excess skin and fat are then removed, and the remaining skin is repositioned and tightened to create a more toned and contoured appearance. The procedure is often combined with liposuction to the area to help give the best possible outcome.

Key Details of the Procedure

  • Duration: 1.5 to 3 hours
  • Cost: $18,000 to $27,000
  • Anaesthetic: General anaesthetic
  • Length of stay: 1 night in hospital

Post-Surgery Care and Downtime

  • Showering: You can shower the wounds 48 hours after surgery.
  • Exercise: Light exercise can be resumed 2 weeks after surgery, while strenuous exercise should be avoided for 6 weeks post-surgery.
  • Driving: You can drive 1 week after surgery, depending on when you feel comfortable to do an emergency stop.
  • Work: You can return to desk-based work 1 week after surgery.

Frequently Asked Questions about Thigh Lift

Who is a good candidate for a thigh lift?

Good candidates for a thigh lift are individuals who are bothered by the appearance of their thighs due to loose, sagging skin or excess fat. It is important to have a stable weight that you are happy to maintain, as significant fluctuations in your weight can impact the long-term result of the surgery.

Will there be scars after a thigh lift?

Yes, a thigh lift will result in scars. The length and pattern of the scars will depend on the specific technique used and the extent of correction required. However, every effort is made to place incisions in inconspicuous areas, such as the groin crease or along natural skin folds, to minimise the visibility of scars. Over time, the scars tend to fade, and various scar management techniques can be employed to help improve their appearance.

What is the recovery process like after a thigh lift?

The recovery process after a thigh lift varies depending on the extent of the procedure and the individual patient. You will limited to light activities for the first two weeks, but can then slowly begin to increase the amount of activity over the following month. You will be provided with a supportive garment to wear that will help to support the wounds and minimise swelling after the surgery. Specific recovery instructions will be provided by Mr Butler at your consultation.

What are the potential risks and complications of a thigh lift?

Like any surgical procedure, a thigh lift carries potential risks and complications, including infection, bleeding, changes in skin sensation, delayed wound healing, asymmetry or unsatisfactory results. Mr Butler will discuss these risks in detail during your consultation.