This surgical procedure enhances the aesthetic appearance of the thighs by removing excess skin and fat deposits. The thigh lift is particularly suitable for patients who have experienced significant weight loss, resulting in the appearance of excess skin and fat in the thigh area.
What to Expect from this Surgery?
- During the procedure, excess skin is excised to improve the thigh’s contour. Care is taken to make the incisions along the natural folds of the limbs, minimising the visibility of post-surgical scars.
- The incision is made on the inner area of the thigh. The resulting scar is visible only from the side and is inconspicuous when viewed from the front or back. The surgery involves removing excess skin and fat from the inner thigh region, resulting in narrower thighs and increased firmness. In some cases, the procedure may also include liposuction to contour other areas of the thighs.
- The thigh lift can be combined with liposuction. It’s important to note that fat cells removed through liposuction do not typically return to the suctioned areas, even if the patient gains weight. Instead, any weight gained will be distributed evenly throughout the body.
What to expect after the Surgery?
- Pain and discomfort: Some degree of pain and discomfort is normal after the surgery. Your surgeon will prescribe pain medications to help manage any discomfort during the initial recovery period.
- Restricted activities: You will be advised to avoid strenuous activities and exercise for a certain period of time to allow your body to heal properly. Your surgeon will provide specific guidelines on when you can resume normal activities.
- Compression garments: You will likely be instructed to wear compression garments on your thighs to reduce swelling and promote proper healing. These garments should be worn as directed by your surgeon.
- Scarring: Thigh lift surgery involves incisions, which will result in some degree of scarring. The scars will gradually fade over time but may take several months to a year to fully mature. The resulting scar is usually thin and starts to fade after 8-12 weeks, becoming less noticeable over time. To protect the post-surgical scars, it is recommended to avoid direct sunlight for at least six months. The long-lasting results of the thigh lift depend on the patient’s lifestyle, diet, and physical activity.
A guide for a smooth recovery
- During the healing period, it is essential to follow a low-intensity regimen and refrain from smoking for at least two weeks, as smoking can adversely affect blood circulation and disrupt wound healing. Physical exertion, strenuous activities, and sports should be avoided. Patients with diabetes or related conditions have a higher risk of complications and should exercise caution when considering this surgery.
- Special compression garments are typically worn for 6-8 weeks after the surgery, with dressing changes every 2-3 days. Non-absorbable sutures, if used, are usually removed after two weeks.
To achieve the best possible outcomes, it is advisable to undergo a series of personalized lymph drainage massages following your surgery. Amber Surgery clinic in Dublin provides post-operation clients with lymphatic massages at discounts of up to 50% (bookings available from 23rd of June)