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Thigh Lift Surgery | Its Procedure and Risks

2021-10-02 14:22:51

Dr. Fariba Azadikhah
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Dr. Fariba Azadikhah


  1. What is thigh lift surgery?
  2. Am I a good candidate for this surgery?
  3. What to do in a counseling session?
  4. What happens during a thigh lift surgery?
  5. What are the risks and side effects of thigh lift surgery?
  6. How long is the recovery time?
  7. How much will a thigh lift operation cost?


What is thigh lift surgery?

If exercising and losing weight has not met your goal of having a firmer, younger, healthier, and more fit body, thigh lift surgery may be right for you. This operation reshapes the thighs by reducing excess fat, causing smoother skin and a more balanced design for your thighs and lower body. Liposuction may be used as a complement surgery to remodel the internal thigh. If you are committed to maintaining a healthy and moderate weight lifestyle, a thigh lift can help you regain your youthful thigh lines.

If you want to read about Body Lift you can read this article.

You can improve your appearance with a thigh lift (Thighplasty)

before & after thigh lift

Am I a good candidate for this surgery?

Candidates for hip lift surgery are:

      • People whose weight is relatively constant.
      • People who have extra-soft tissue along the inner or outer surface of the thigh.
      • Healthy people who do not have medical conditions that interfere with wound healing or increase surgical risk.
      • Non-smokers.

What to ask in a counseling session?

Your fitness after a thigh lift depends on the fact that during the counseling session, you correctly answer questions that are asked about your health status, your desires and, lifestyle.

Discuss the questions below during your consultation:

      • Why do you want to do this, what do you expect from the result?
      • Medical status, drug allergies, and medical treatments.
      • Consumption of medicine, vitamins, herbal medicines, alcohol, and cigarettes.
      • Previous surgeries.

What happens during a thigh lift surgery?

Your surgery may be performed at a hospital, an independent outpatient center, or an established surgical complex. Most thigh lifts take at least two to three hours, but in rare cases, it may take longer. For your safety during surgery, various monitors are used for checking your heart, blood pressure, pulse and, oxygen levels. 

The first stage - anesthesia

Medications will be prescribed to help you relax during the surgery. The surgery can be performed with either intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend you the best option.

Second stage - surgical incision

Incision patterns depend on the areas that need to be treated, the preference of the patient, and the surgeon. One regular procedure of thigh lift is to position incisions in the groin and stretch them down and twist them to the back of the thigh. The underlying tissue is stretched and shaped, and the skin is reduced and re-stretched to create a smoother, more adequate design for the body. You may be a good fit for a small incision in the inner thigh lift, in this case only one incision is made in the groin area. Your surgeon will determine the appropriate type of surgical incision.

Improving the external design of the thigh may require extending the incision from the groin to the buttocks, or in some cases making an incision from the groin to above the knee in the inner thigh. Your plastic surgeon will cut the tissue through these incisions to make the lower body design smoother and more elegant. Advanced techniques usually place the incisions inconvenient positions that are hidden by most types of clothing and swimwear.

The third stage – stitches

Deep supporting sutures in the underlying tissues help to form a new design. Skin incisions are closed with sutures.

inner thigh lift

What are the risks and side effects of thigh lift surgery?

The decision to perform a thigh lift is very personal and you have to decide whether the benefits of the procedure are in line with your goals and whether the risks and potential side effects are acceptable. Your plastic surgeon or medical staff will explain the details of the risks of this surgery to you. You will be asked to sign a form to indicate that you fully understand the type of action you are taking and the risks and possible side effects.

After completing the steps, you will be transferred to recovery and you will be closely monitored there. At Ermateb we provide you surgeons who will perform thigh lift surgery the safest way possible. But there are some complications to any surgery, including:

      • Pain that may be prolonged.
      • Deep vein thrombosis and cardiopulmonary complications.
      • The stitches may be seen or irritable, in this case, they will need to be removed.
      • Adverse outcomes such as exposed scar site
      • Unacceptable deformity, 
      • Wrinkling of the skin near the suture line or at the cutting edges.
      • Possibility of need for reoperation.
      • Risks of anesthesia
      • Blood clots
      • Skin discoloration or swelling
      • Wound opening
      • Death of fat tissue in the skin (fat necrosis).

How long is the Recovery period?

After the operation, the incision is covered with a dressing or bandage. Your area of operation may be placed in a compression bandage or elastic bandage to reduce swelling. A small thin tube called a drain may be temporarily inserted under your skin to drain wound fluid or blood that collects at the site.

You will receive special instructions including:

      • How to take care of the operation site.
      • Medications you should use to complete your recovery process and reduce the chance of infection.

The results of a thigh lift will be apparent almost immediately, although it may take several months for the final results to be completed. Some scars will be visible, but the results are long-lasting as long as you keep your weight steady and exercise. Therefore, most of your surgery outcomes will be relatively constant.

How much will a thigh lift operation cost?

Cost is very important in beauty practices and can vary. The cost of the surgeon varies depending on his skill and experience, which of course also depends on the type of operation and the place where the operation is performed. Talk to your surgeon about this.

Costs include:

      • Surgeon's cost
      • Hospital costs
      • The cost of anesthesia
      • The cost of medicines

If you are interested in having a thigh lift surgery, Ermateb suggests one of the best services with fully trained doctors who you can find since customer care and safety are our priorities.

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