Thigh Lift

In certain circumstances, liposuction alone is not enough to address the excess fat and skin that has accumulated around the thigh region. Furthermore, when skin tone is poor and the principle problem remains an excess of loose skin, then a thigh lift is indicated. Dr Chaithan Reddy can arrange thigh lift surgery through his North Shore and Norwest, NSW plastic surgery centres to restore definition and tone to thighs encumbered by unwanted tissues, bringing them into improved proportion with the rest of the legs and body. Patients emerge from surgery looking trimmer, fitter, and altogether healthier.

The ideal thigh lift candidate:

Thigh lift surgery is a body contouring procedure designed to eliminate excessive skin and fat from the inner and or outer thigh region. It is very effective in removing the excess loose skin folds that result following weight loss. The approach to a thigh lift ranges from a ‘mini’ thigh lift to ‘traditional’ inner thigh lift incisions. The choice of procedure will depend on the amount of excess skin and fat that you exhibit.

The procedure can also be performed in combination with other body contouring procedures such as arm liftbreast lift, or tummy tuck. In the case of the tummy tuck, the incisions can be designed in such a way as to integrate the two procedures so that scar lengths are minimised.

What does a thigh lift entail?

We perform thigh lift surgery at any of several of our preferred fully-accredited hospitals which are located in Sydney in the North Shore and Northwest regions. You will be put under general anaesthesia for the duration of the 2-3 hour long operation. Prior to the commencement of the procedure, the locations of the incisions will be marked on your body and checked with you. After the anaesthetic has been administered and you are asleep, Dr. Reddy will confirm the incision markings again to make sure the proper amount of skin is removed. 

What to expect after the operation

Dr. Reddy will check up on you after you have woken up from your thigh lift to ensure that you are comfortable and well prepared for your recovery period. It is generally recommended that you stay in the hospital for a few days after a thigh lift procedure. This is to ensure that optimal wound healing takes place and that you are adequately mobile before returning home. A specific post-operative instruction plan together with 24-hour contact details will be given to you at the time of your discharge from hospital to ensure that you are completely at ease during your recovery period at home.

Often, thigh lift surgery involves the use of liposuction to break the fat cells apart while preserving important nerves and lymph systems. Following the making of the incisions, all the extra skin and fat will be extracted, a small drain will be placed, and the incisions will be sewn shut with dissolving sutures. Dressings will be applied as well as a surgical compression garment designed to apply pressure to the site of the procedure.

What to expect after the operation?

Dr. Reddy will check up on you after you have woken up from your thigh lift to ensure that you are comfortable and well prepared for your recovery period. It is generally recommended that you stay in the hospital for a few days after a thigh lift procedure. This is to ensure that optimal wound healing takes place and that you are adequately mobile before returning home. 

A specific post-operative instruction plan together with 24-hour contact details will be given to you once you are discharged from hospital, ensuring that you are completely at ease during your recovery period at home.

Thigh lift aftercare

We will provide you with extensive information about post-operative care including instructions for caring for yourself once you go home. We generally recommend that patients who have undergone a thigh lift procedure stay in the hospital for several days in order to ensure that optimal wound healing takes place and that you are adequately mobile before returning home.

We ask that you refrain from returning to work for two to three weeks after the operation because you can expect to experience minimal to moderate discomfort during this time. We also advise that you not drive any vehicles during the first two weeks following your surgical procedure. 

Avoid strenuous physical activity for a month to minimise the potential for excessive bruising, bleeding and swelling.

Thigh Lift FAQs

Since a thigh lift involves removing and tightening skin, it is possible for the procedure to reduce the appearance of cellulite. It is important to remember that cellulite is structural and any fat that is repositioned will more than likely reappear eventually. Leading a healthy lifestyle is the only long-term solution for getting rid of cellulite.

This depends on the type of thigh lift procedure required.  To remove the excess skin and tissue, incisions can be made beneath the bikini line so that any scarring is hidden in the crease of the groin. In individuals with a large amount of excess skin and fat, longer incisions placed along the inner aspect of the thighs are required to adequately treat the target areas. With the right care, it’s also possible to reduce the appearance of scarring after surgery.

Depending on whether or not you lead a healthy lifestyle that includes regular exercise and better eating habits, the results of thigh lift surgery can last a lifetime. It won’t prevent the ageing process from eventually taking its toll but if a patient doesn’t put on a significant amount of weight again, it’s possible to enjoy the results of this surgery forever.

If you have saddlebags (fatty deposits around your outer thighs) as well as sagging inner thighs, your lift may be paired with liposuction to achieve the desired outcome and better contours. You could also choose to just have liposuction but this won’t help with any loose skin that might be present. Dr Reddy can tell you whether this will be necessary during your consultation.

Thickened scars, excess bleeding and infection are some of the major adverse reactions that can occur but they are not common, especially if you have chosen a skilled surgeon and followed all of the necessary aftercare instructions.

Patients can expect to feel pain during the first week of their surgery but this can easily be managed with prescription medication. There will also be some swelling and bruising around the incisions.

A thigh lift can be performed on anyone over the age of 18 who is struggling with excess skin and fat on the thighs. However, patients should be close to or have achieved their ideal weight prior to surgery. 

To find out if a thigh lift could be the right option to address your concerns, contact us today at The Plastic Surgery Clinic & Medispa (Serving Sydney, Newcastle, and the other nearby communities). We will be happy to schedule you for a consultation with our plastic surgeon, Dr Chaithan Reddy.