A thigh lift aims to remove excess fat and skin in the thigh area.
If you decide on a thigh lift, the incision patterns depend on the type of lift you choose. An inner thigh lift requires incisions in the groin area, which may also wrap around the backs of the thighs. An outer thigh lift requires incisions that start at the groin and extend around the hip and across the back.
Once the excess tissue and skin is removed, the remaining skin is lifted before the incisions are closed. A dressing is applied to keep the incision sites protected. A compression garment needs to be worn after surgery to reduce thigh swelling and support the healing process.
All body contouring procedures of this nature require a general anaesthetic and are per-formed in an accredited medical facility.
Thigh Lift Before and After
Once you have met with your surgeon and a clinical plan has been established, our client support officers will organise a quote. Your quote will include a fee for your surgeon as well as an estimate of anaesthetist and hospital fees. There may also be costs associated with medication, pathology and post-surgery garments.
In some instances, a thigh lift is considered medically necessary, and will attract a Medicare item number. If you are insured, your private health insurer may also cover some of the costs of your procedure, provided you meet the eligibility criteria.
All surgical and invasive procedures carry risk, and these will be discussed during your consultation with your specialist plastic surgeon. All of our procedures are carried out in accredited hospital facilities with assistance from FANZCA qualified anaesthetists.
You will be provided with procedure specific information prior to your surgery with instructions to ensure that you are in prime condition prior to your procedure. You will also be provided with post-operative instructions outlining proper aftercare, including things to be aware of. Our specialised clinical team is available should you have any questions or con-cerns.
Prior to your procedure, it’s important to stay healthy. This means eating the right foods, getting enough sleep and exercise, and keeping your immune system strong. It’s also important to prepare for your recovery before your thigh lift. You may wish to pre-prepare some healthy meals, purchase some comfortable loose clothing and ice packs, and fill any prescriptions you may need in the week following surgery.
You will need to arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery and stay with you for a couple of days. This is particularly necessary if you have small children at home – you will need someone to assist you. You may wish to set up a recovery area where you can relax and sleep in an elevated position.
Discomfort, swelling, bruising and numbness are all normal after a thigh lift. This will ease over the following weeks, and our clinic team will be able to offer you advice on effective pain management. A compression garment may worn to reduce swelling and increase com-fort during recovery. To drain excess fluid, you may have drains which will be managed with the help of nursing staff.
Patients need several days to rest and recover after a thigh lift procedure. During the first few weeks after your procedure, heavy lifting, strenuous exercise and swimming is discour-aged. Smoking should also be avoided to accelerate the healing process and prevent compli-cations.
In rare cases, if a patient is unhappy with the final outcome, a second procedure may be required. If a patient gains and loses a significant amount of weight again, revision surgery is also necessary.
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