Thigh lift surgery
A thigh lift aims to address excess skin particularly in the inner thigh and to a lesser extent, tighten the skin on the outer aspect of the thigh. It is not a method purely to remove excess subcutaneous fat (diet and exercise are the best methods for this) but more to address the sagging skin left behind after weight loss. It can be combined with liposuction if further contouring is needed despite adequate weight loss. To book a consultation for thigh lift surgery in Bristol, London or Newport, click the link below.
Frequently asked questions
How does thigh lift surgery work?
A thigh lift works by tightening the skin and underlying tissues of the thigh and re-suspending them from their original attachments (after excising or reefing the stretched elements). In this way, a rejuvenated appearance of the thigh is achieved.
What are the scars like?
There are 2 main types of thigh lift, which have differing patterns of scars:
A limited incision medial thigh lift (this will address small to moderate amounts of excess skin in the inner upper thigh region only), leaving a well hidden scar in the groin crease.
A full thigh lift thigh lift. This addresses both the vertical and circumferential skin excess on the inner thigh and the front of the thigh. The scar will run from the groin to the knee in the same line as a trouser seam, with an additional scar in the crease of the groin (like a medial thigh lift).
How long does the surgery take?
Thigh lift surgery is performed under general anaesthesia, a medial thigh lift will take between 1 to 2 hours with a full thigh lift taking between 3 to 4 hours.
How long is the recovery process after a thigh lift?
The procedure requires an overnight stay in hospital. When combined with other procedures a 2 night stay may be required. For the 2 weeks following the operation you will be restricted in your ability walk long distances (though it is essential that you mobilise as much as you can to reduce any risk of DVT formation). You will need to wear a support garment that will run from your waist to you ankles (think a very elasticated pair of leggings) for 6 weeks following the operation. Depending on the extent of your procedure you should be able to return to work between 2 and 3 weeks after your surgery, by which time your wounds should have healed. You should be able to drive after a similar period of time. By 6 weeks you should be able to return to all normal activities.
Is there anything else I should know?
The groin is one of the most difficult areas on the body to keep clean! Additionally after a thigh lift, sitting down can be uncomfortable (though lying down or standing is not a problem). This makes going for a wee (if you are a lady) whilst trying to not to get your wounds wet difficult initially! A she wee is a great way to solve the problem (sheewee.com) but it does take a bit of practice beforehand to master using it (therefore it is worth purchasing one before the operation and becoming accustomed to using it with ease so that post operatively you are confident in its use).
How well do thigh lifts work?
You will see an instant change in the shape of your thighs following the procedure, however as the scars mature the shape will change a little, and there will inevitably be a degree of stretching of the tissues with the effects of gravity. The final results will be apparent by 9 to 12 months after surgery and are long lasting.