Would you like to tighten up your flabby thighs? A thigh lift can get rid of the loose, sagging skin on your thighs and make them smoother and more contoured. But what can you expect when recovering from a thigh lift.
What exactly is a thigh lift?
A thigh lift or thighplasty is a procedure that is done to tighten and contour the thighs, by removing excess fat and loose skin. The procedure can be done on the inner or outer thighs, or on both.
What to expect when recovering from a thigh lift
After a thigh lift patients can expect swelling and bruising, which takes about 4 weeks to subside. Patients may also experience minimal pain, but medication is prescribed to ease discomfort.
Walking is encouraged as soon as possible to avoid clots in the legs, but strenuous activity and heavy lifting should be avoided for at least 6 weeks.
Surgical drains are sometimes put in during a thigh lift, to help drain away excess fluid that may accumulate in the wound. The drains are usually kept in place for one week.
Patients are also required to wear compression wraps around the thighs for up to 6 weeks after surgery. Compression wraps help minimize swelling, and ensure that the thighs retain the desired shape (learn more).
Recovery time after a thigh lift varies depending on the extent of the procedure, but patients generally need 2 weeks to recover. However, it’s essential to follow the post-op instructions of your plastic surgeon to ensure optimal results after a thigh lift.
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