One consequence of losing massive amount of weight is to be left with excess skin. A thigh lift removes this excess skin along the inner thigh area to provide a smoother, tauter contour. It can be done in combination with other surgeries, such as a buttock lift or even a full body lift.
The procedure might be combined with liposuction if there is a degree of fat to be removed also, but it is important to remember that a thigh lift is to remove excess skin and it is not a weight loss procedure.
Thigh lift: Am I suitable?
There are few medical conditions that preclude you having a thigh lift. It does causes extensive scarring and they are more difficult to hide here than in other areas of the body so if you are prone to keloid scarring then this might not be the surgery for you.
Thigh lift: What do I have to do to prepare?
Your surgeon will give you instructions to help you prepare for surgery and these may include guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, and taking or avoiding certain vitamins and medications.
Thigh lift: What’s the treatment like?
Thigh lifts are usually performed under a general anaesthetic and will take approximately three hours. The surgeon makes a long incision that can extend across the inner and outer thighs. These scars might extend below where a bikini or underwear will cover and that should be thoroughly explained to you before you embark on surgery.
Segments of skin and fat are then removed from the thigh areas and the remaining skin is tightened and restitched.
Thigh lift: What about after?
There will be extensive bruising and swelling after surgery which will extend beyond the treated area and you will be advised to wear compression garments to aid your recovery. You should be able to return to work after two weeks and resume vigorous physical activities after a month to six weeks.
Thigh lift: Are there any risks or side effects?
As well as the usual complications associated with surgery, it is important to watch out for blood clots in the legs. Asymmetry might also be a possible risk.
Probably the greatest perceived risk of thigh lift surgery is the scar. It can take up to a year for the scar to flatten and fade.
Thigh lift: What will it cost me?
A thigh lift usually costs from £5,000.