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Sunset Cosmetic Surgery ‘s thigh lift (thighplasty) procedure transforms the thighs by removing excess fat and skin in the thigh and knee areas. The aim of a thigh lift at our Los Angeles practice is to create a more toned and proportioned lower body, where the thighs have a firmer appearance and their shape is well defined from the buttocks down.
Besides weight fluctuations, aging and genetics can also play a role in how toned and slim our thighs can be. Although this surgery is often performed on individuals who have experienced a significant weight loss, a thigh lift may be the answer for others with excess or sagging skin who are looking for a slimmer and smoother contour (where diet and exercise improvements have not been enough to achieve your desired results).
For your comfort during the surgery, you will be placed under either general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. Your surgeon will then draw on marks to indicate where the appropriate incisions will be placed.
There are two main types of incisions a thigh lift may involve: one to improve the inner thigh, and one for the outer thigh. Depending on your current profile and desired results, the operation may involve one or both of these steps. The actual incision technique and length will depend on the amount and location of the excess skin or fat to be removed.
When the thigh lift is complete, closing the incisions with sutures, clips, or skin adhesive tape will help in creating and supporting your newly shaped contours.
Recovery time following a thigh lift varies based on the nature of the case, as well as whether the thigh lift was performed with other procedures. Patients often experience swelling and bruising following surgery, though a smoother, tighter lower body will be visible right away. Much of this bruising and swelling will be gone after three to four weeks, though a small amount may remain for several months.
Pain is managed in early recovery with medicine. Typically, any stitches used are removed within a week after surgery. However, deeper sutures may not be removed until two or three weeks later. Sunset supplies special compression garments patients wear under their clothes for several weeks following their thigh lift to promote healing and help tighten the skin.
Most patients can expect to return to their normal routine of non-physical work about seven to 14 days after a thigh lift. However, they are asked to avoid strenuous activity for up to a month following their surgery, until the incisions have healed and any discomfort has subsided.
As always, patients can minimize pain and swelling by following all instructions recommended by our skilled surgeons.