A leg lift or thigh lift, also known as a “thighplasty,” is a surgical procedure designed to tighten and firm the loose skin in the upper leg, thigh and buttocks which often results from significant weight loss or following liposuction for excess fat and tissue in the thighs. A thighplasty will reduce the sagging skin of the inner/outer thigh and buttocks, and may be performed in conjunction with a body lift (lipectomy) to improve overall body contour.
Thighplasty takes about 2 hours,
Usually performed under general anesthesia.
If you have a medical condition such as high blood pressure, it must be controlled before you can undergo this procedure. For at least two weeks prior to surgery, you must stop taking any blood-thinning medications and herbal supplements. After you have scheduled a surgery date, you will make an appointment for pre-admission testing and a physical exam. The surgery should take place within 2 weeks after the results of these tests have been returned. You will receive guidelines on eating and drinking, taking vitamins and medications, and smoking. Smoking should be stopped 2-3 months before the operation because it reduces the blood supply to tissue. In fact, some surgeons will refuse to perform elective surgery on smokers due to this risk. You should arrange for someone to drive you home from our Cincinnati offices after your surgery and to help you out for a few days if needed.
You may be released the same day of surgery or spend a night in the hospital, depending on the extent of surgery and how you are recovering. There will be some bruising and swelling, and a tight feeling in your thighs. Any pain and discomfort will be helped by medications prescribed by your surgeon. In addition to dressings, a compression garment and drainage tubes may be used for about 2 weeks to reduce the swelling and maintain the shape of your newly contoured skin. You can probably return to work within 2 weeks, but you should not drive for 2 weeks and avoid exercise for 4-6 weeks. Your surgeon will direct you to do some walking around to help reduce the swelling and to avoid blood clots in your legs. The swelling and bruising should disappear within 3 weeks, although you may have some swelling for 6 months or more. Your surgeon will schedule follow-up visits, and you should not hesitate to call your surgeon between visits if you experience unusual symptoms such as heavy bleeding or pain.