Introduction to Thigh Lift
Inner thigh lift surgery may be done on its own, or performed alongside other body lift procedures. It is designed to remove excess skin and fat that often remains after significant weight loss.
Who is suitable?
Many of our patients who come to us for inner thigh lift surgery have recently lost a significant amount of weight (either through diet and exercise or weight loss/bariatric surgery). As a result, many patients have excess skin around the inner thigh area and would like this removed so they can regain their shape and confidence.
Due to the weight loss that often occurs before the surgery, we like to ensure that our patients are not malnourished. We may therefore check a patient’s nutritional status and overall health to make sure that their body can heal properly after the procedure.
Before thigh lift surgery
Before surgery, there are several things we require so that your procedure goes as smoothly as possible.
One of the most important things is to stop smoking as smoke introduces toxins into the blood that can increase the risk of healing problems, skin loss and complications. We also ask that smokers stop at least 6 weeks before their surgery date and don’t start again until wounds have completely healed.
We also ask patients who are undergoing this procedure to stop taking oral contraceptive pills (alternative methods are fine), aspirin or anti-inflammatory drugs. This is because some of those pills can increase the risk of bleeding. And finally, we ask that patients do not take off-the-shelf herbal medicines or nutritional supplements.
To ensure that you are fully prepared for the surgery, we will ask you to attend a medical examination at a pre-operative assessment clinic where certain tests may be carried out to ensure your safety during anaesthesia and surgery.
The procedure and risks
This surgery is carried out under general anaesthetic and requires an overnight hospital stay.
An inner thigh lift involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the thighs. The position and size of the scars from a thigh lift can vary depending on each patient's individual requirements. Once the skin and fat is removed, the incisions are stitched back together (using dissolvable stitches). In certain cases, this procedure can also be combined with liposuction to improve the results.
After the surgery, it is normal to expect some bruising but other risks can include infection, bleeding, haematoma, pain, skin loss, unevenness, wide, lumpy, red or visible scars.
Aftercare and results
Your wellbeing is our number one priority and so we offer a comprehensive and personalised aftercare package, all included in your treatment.
After you are discharged, we will provide you with post-operative care instructions and you will have 24-hour access to trained staff who will be on hand to advise you should you have any questions or concerns.
After the surgery, we will arrange appointments for follow-up examinations with your surgeon to monitor your progress and check that you are recovering well (it usually takes 2-4 weeks to recover and heal from this procedure).
2 weeks after surgery, one of our trained staff will see you and check on your progress. Your surgery will see you after 6 weeks for a follow-up and (if necessary) again after that until you are fully recovered. These follow-ups are standard and will be provided at no extra cost.
In the unlikely event of a problem, we will make arrangements for you to be seen by trained staff, and if needed, by the surgeon who performed the procedure. As all our surgeons live and work in the area, it is always possible to see your surgeon at short notice. Our surgeons don’t leave the country or local area after performing the surgery. On the rare instance that a surgeon has to leave the local area for other commitments, we will always arrange for another trained plastic surgeon from our team available to provide you with comprehensive care.
In the unlikely event of a complication directly related to your surgery, we will provide or arrange further surgery and/or treatment at no extra cost for up to 1 year.
How long will it take to recover?
Depending on the person, the recovery period will usually take around 4-6 weeks.
Will the scars be noticeable?
The scars may be noticeable if a long vertical scar (extending from the groin down to the knee) is needed. The exact position and size of the scars will depend on each individual patient's requirements, and can be discussed with your surgeon.
When can I return to work?
Depending on the type of work, you can usually return to work within 2-3 weeks.
When can I drive?
We ask that you don’t drive for at least a month after the procedure. Your surgeon will be able to advise you on when it is safe to drive.
When can I exercise?
We recommend gentle exercise (short walks) after being discharged from hospital. Your surgeon will be able to advise you on when strenuous exercise is safe.