When does the swelling go down?

Following a thigh lift there is often swelling during the first few weeks. It is important to stay in a compressive garment during this time. The swelling is more following liposuction in combination with a thigh lift. The area that tends to take the longest to settle is the bit around the scar. This area can take a number of months to settle and can be improved by massage.

When can I go back to work following a thigh lift?

After a thigh lift your recovery and your job will dictate when you can return to work. I usually would advise patients to leave 2 weeks before returning to work although this does vary depending on each individual.

When can I get the wounds wet?

I normally advise patients to keep the wounds dry for the first week following surgery. Occasionally patients do get the wounds wet and this does not seem to be detrimental to healing. I would not advise bathing the wounds following surgery during the first week. After the first week one is able to shower and bathe normally. For a thigh lift I would recommend avoid swimming pools until the wounds have healed.

When can I fly following a thigh lift?

For all general anaesthetics I would recommend not flying for 4 weeks following any surgery requiring general anaesthetic. In certain scenarios it may be possible to fly sooner than this but the risks and complications e.g. DVT are increased if one flies sooner following a general anaesthetic. The risks are reduced if one wears thrombembolic stockings, drink plenty of fluids, mobilise during the flight and are only going on a short flight bit flying within 4 weeks is not recommended and patients wishing to fly before this should weigh up the pros and cons and alternatives.

When can I exercise following a thigh lift?

I would usually not recommend exercising in the first week. Walking is always encouraged although one needs to be careful not to stretch the skin of the thighs. Following review at one week I would usually discuss what exercises would be relevant to you. I always encourage patients to remain in compression garments for 4-6 weeks postoperatively and also encourage these tight pants to be worn as patients get back to normal exercise programmes. Gentle exercise such as running and cycling can often be commenced after 2 weeks and swimming is encouraged once the wounds have healed. It is important to limit the amount of mobilisation depending on how tight the scars are and this is individually related.

What is a seroma?

A seroma is a collection of fluid. It occurs following all types of surgery but is well described following thigh lifting. If present it can cause excessive swelling and occasionally it is necessary to drain the seroma. I use a technique that limits seroma formation and I usually do not to use drains. I use internal tissue glue that helps to prevent seroma formation and it is very rare with these preventative measures to encounter seromas. When choosing a surgeon one should ask about the techniques used and complication rates for the surgery you wish to undergo.

Is there a disruption in sensation following a thigh lift?

There will always be a disruption in sensation following a thigh lift. It can take months for this sensation to return. It is uncommon to have permanent sensory loss and massage in the postoperative phases can help.

I want to get rid of the excess tissue of my thighs – will a thigh lift help?

Surgery will often reduce both the skin and fat excess of the upper thighs. Liposuction can be performed on its own or can be combined with a thigh lift. There are different ways of removing the tissue and this is determined by what you are trying to achieve. The pros and cons of the different techniques can be discussed at a consultation.

How much does a thigh lift cost?

The cost of a thigh lift depends on what result you wish to achieve and the extent of the fat and skin excess. It is also dependent on the amount of liposuction required. A consultation will help to determine what type of abdominoplasty is best for you. You will always be able to discuss the cost of surgery after a consultation.

Do you advise embolic preventative measures for thigh lifting?

For all patients undergoing general anaesthetic preventative measures are advised. These may range from thromboembolic stockings through the peri and postoperative phase to flowtron boots while in theatre. It is uncommon to require additional preventative measures but occasionally may be required depending on your past medical history.