THIGH LIFT

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A Thigh Lift Surgery is a type of body contouring procedure which creates a slimmer thigh contour by removing excess skin and fat, which can develop with age, or more commonly after massive weight loss.  Whereas excess fat can sometimes be reduced through diet and exercise, skin that is damaged or stretched often does not shrink.  In these situations, a Arm Lift Surgery is an excellent procedure to restore a smooth thigh contour.  At the time of your consultation, Dr. Li will analyze your thighs in detail and discuss whether Thigh Lift Surgery is a good option for you. 


The surgery usually involves a crescentic scar along the groin crease from the front to the back.  If there is also excess skin involving the inner leg, the thigh lift can also be extended downwards and extra skin there removed as well (Extended Thigh Lift Surgery).  Sometimes, liposuction may also be used to further contour the leg.

KEY POINTS

SURGERY UNDER GENERAL ANESTHETIC

GO HOME THE SAME DAY (DAY SURGERY)

RETURN TO NORMAL ACTIVITIES WITHIN 2-3 WEEKS

THIGH CONTOUR IMPROVEMENT IS PERMANENT

RESTORE A THIGH SHAPE THAT MATCHES YOUR PROPORTIONS

HAVE LESS LIMITATIONS IN PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES AND CLOTHES

HIDE SCARS ALONG YOUR GROIN CREASES AND INNER THIGHS

BOOST YOUR BODY IMAGE AND REWARD YOURSELF AFTER WEIGHT LOSS

WHAT TO EXPECT BEFORE SURGERY

  • You will be evaluated by Dr. Li at the time of your initial consultation to determine if Thigh Lift Surgery is the best option for you

  • You will be required to quit smoking and oral contraceptives 4 weeks before surgery

  • You will need to complete testing before surgery, which may include a physical with your PCP/primary physician, blood work, and an ECG

  • Prescriptions for your surgery will be sent to your local pharmacy, please obtain these medications ahead of time and bring them to your surgery

  • A deposit is required to secure your surgery date

  • Full payment is required 2 weeks before surgery; payment options include cash, cashier's check, or credit through Alphaeon or CareCredit

WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER SURGERY

  • General anesthesia can sometimes cause generalized body soreness and fatigue for a couple of days

  • Maximum discomfort will occur in the first few days after surgery and gradually improve

  • You will not be allowed to lift more than 10lbs for 4 weeks as a safety precaution

  • You will be provided a compression garment to wear; it is recommended that you wear this for 6 weeks to help shape your legs and minimize swelling

  • You will have drains after surgery and will be given instructions on how to take care of them

  • You may experience temporary bruising, swelling, numbness, or a burning sensation involving your legs; bruising and swelling takes several weeks to improve; numbness takes a couple months to normalize

  • Scars may be red and firm for approximately 6 months before they soften and fade