Do I need a thigh lift?
Fat cells, cellulite, and excess skin can accumulate on the thighs, making people look heavier, older, and less fit than they actually are. Sagging skin on the thighs from weight loss or aging can also make people feel self-conscious about their appearance. A thigh lift is an excellent way to achieve firmer and more attractive upper legs by removing excess skin and fat.
After your thigh lift surgery, dressing or bandages will be applied to your incisions, and you will be wrapped in an elastic bandage or a compression garment to minimize swelling and to support your new contours as you heal. Small, thin tubes may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain excess fluid or blood that may collect.
You will be given specific instructions that may include how to care for the surgical site and drains, medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection, specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health, and when to follow up with Dr. Oberhelman.
Two to three weeks after surgery, most patients are able to return to work and can begin carefully sitting on their thighs, often with the help of pillows. Your scars may appear more pronounced or red at this point, but they will begin to fade over the following weeks and months.
Oftentimes, with aging and weight loss, the skin on the thighs and above the knees becomes loose and begins to sag. A thigh lift removes excess skin for a tighter, and sometimes thinner, appearance.