Thigh Lift
From Dr. Federico Macaya

Thigh Lift:

The technical term for this operation is resection of lipocutaneous excess of hips/thighs/buttocks, or body contouring of hips/thighs/buttocks. The operation tightens loose skin from sagging buttocks, hips, or thighs so that loose skin does not hang from your body. The thigh lift only tightens the skin of the upper thigh. Many women are bothered by loose skin or wrinkles around the knee. A thigh lift won't help this condition.

This is a permanent operation. After the procedure, excess skin and fat beneath the skin are gone. However, if you gain weight after surgery, you can re-stretch the skin and scar and require further surgery. The surgery requires general anesthesia and one or more nights in the hospital. Thus, it is generally done in a hospital operating room. If you have had phlebitis (blood clots from vein inflammation) in one or both legs in the past, you risk developing phlebitis again. This condition makes your legs hurt and swell. If you have phlebitis now, surgery must be postponed. Your risk of renewed phlebitis can be reduced by leg exercises before and after surgery and surgical support stockings.

This kind of operation requires general anesthesia, because the local anesthetic needed to numb the area would exceed a safe dose. The surgery will usually take about two to three hours.

The incisions are likely to hurt for several days, especially when you move or sit, which pulls on the stitches. When you are not moving, the incision area will ache and throb. For the first few days you will need narcotic painkillers by mouth, or by injection, given to you by the nurses while you are in the hospital. By the end of a week, you will be stiff and ache at the end of the day, but should not need painkillers other than acetaminophen. You will need to see your surgeon a few days after leaving the hospital and again about a week later.

Realistically, you should allow yourself two weeks of recovery time and more if you can get it. There is the surgery and soreness to recover from, plus the fatigue of the general anesthesia. After three weeks, you can begin more vigorous workouts and sports such as tennis or jogging.


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