Thigh Lifts & Reductions
Thigh lift surgery is a form of body contouring which is aimed at improving the upper leg. It involves removing both excess fat and skin from the area, improving the shape and appearance of the thighs.
What is a Thigh Lift?
Tightening skin naturally in the thighs can be a difficult process, particularly as some people naturally hold more fat in this part of their bodies. It’s through no fault of their own as this is largely a result of genetics. And even if weight is lost in this area the resulting sag to the skin can be displeasing. That is why thigh lift surgery becomes an extremely viable solution.
The Thigh Lift Manchester Consultation Process
A consultation will be held in order to ascertain what you want to achieve by having thigh lift surgery. Should you have unrealistic expectations or be seeking surgery on the advice or persuasion of a third party, then you may be deemed unsuitable for surgery. It is also incredibly important to be honest and open about your health during this consultation. Any long-term health problems should also be addressed, as they may affect your ability to undergo any type of surgery.
Liposuction will likely be performed alongside the thigh lift. Doing so ensures that excess fat is removed from the area, allowing the removal and tightening of the skin to achieve the best results aesthetically. Often, you may also desire liposuction in the adjacent areas surrounding the thighs after the initial procedure. This helps achieve a smoother appearance all around.
Pre-Surgery Preparation for a Thigh Lift
A thigh lift is typically performed using general anaesthesia. So, if you feel unwell for any reason – even a simple cold – the surgery must be postponed to prevent complications. You should also stop smoking at least 6 weeks prior, avoid anti-inflammatory drugs or any herbal supplements before your surgery. Some tests may also be carried out prior to surgery to confirm your suitability, depending on any pre-existing medical concerns.
What to Expect During a Thigh Reduction?
A typical thigh lift can last anywhere between 1 and a half hours to 3. Initially, liposuction will be performed in order to remove any excess fat prior to removing the skin. An incision will be placed on the inside of your thigh, extending perhaps as far as the crease of the groin or downwards towards the knee. The length of this incision will depend entirely on the desired outcome of the surgery. Excess skin is then removed and the internal lining of the thigh skin is then tightened using dissolvable stitches. A compressive dressing will then be applied in order to ensure swelling post-surgery is kept to a minimum.
What is the Recovery Period?
Typically, the recovery for your thigh reduction surgery wounds is anywhere between four to six weeks. A week after the surgery you will be invited to the clinic to have your wounds checked to ensure healing is going well and there is no growing infection. During the rest of your recovery, your surgery wound will heal and the bruising – which is typical after most types of surgery – should recede. To ensure the best scar quality you should begin an intensive massage routine.
Excessive or intensive exercise should be avoided at least in the first week after surgery. But, you should be able to return to your normal exercise routine at around two to three weeks following a thigh lift.