Thigh lift surgery, also known as thighplasty, is a cosmetic surgery treatment that removes loose or sagging skin from the inner thigh and groin area.
Many patients choose a thigh lift following weight loss, to remove the excess skin that often remains around the thigh area. Thigh lift surgery can improve self-esteem and lead to a more slender appearance.
To improve body contouring, patients sometimes combine a thigh lift with surgery on other areas of their waistline, such as a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) or buttock lift.
Thigh lift procedure
Thigh lifts are performed under general anaesthesia and usually require an overnight stay in hospital.
During a thigh lift, the surgeon makes an incision around the patient's groin area and lifts excess skin upwards before removing the excess. The wounds are closed up with sutures which are removed one week following surgery.
Recovery and after care following thigh light treatments
Patients will experience some bruising and swelling in the treated area following a thigh lift, which usually fades after three weeks.
Thigh lift patients will be required to take two weeks off work and avoid strenuous exercise to allow their groin area and operation scar to heal. Patients should also keep dressings intact until they return to the surgery for their follow-up appointment.