Tone Your Figure with a Thigh Lift
Carrying around sagging, excess skin on your inner or outer thighs can be frustrating, especially if you have worked hard to achieve slimmer legs. Dr. David Passaretti can perform a thigh lift at our Darien office to correct this condition. During your thigh lift, also called thighplasty, he will remove skin and fat to give your thighs a smoother, tighter appearance. He may also combine this procedure with liposuction to treat stubborn fat deposits or resolve any irregularities in the shape of your legs. Often performed on patients who have lost a large amount of weight, a thigh lift can give you the beautiful figure you have always wanted. To learn more about this procedure or schedule a consultation with Dr. Passaretti, contact our office today.
Determining Your Candidacy
Most patients with drooping, excess skin on their thighs are candidates for thighplasty. Most often, it is performed on people who have lost a dramatic amount of weight. This procedure is particularly beneficial for patients who have not achieved their desired results with diet and exercise alone. It is important to remember thighplasty is not a replacement for proper nutrition and fitness. To be eligible for this surgery, you must have a relatively stable weight, be a non-smoker with good overall health, and commit to a healthy lifestyle to maintain your results.
How Is a Thigh Lift Performed?
Thigh lift surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia and lasts approximately two hours. During your procedure, Dr. Passaretti will make incisions on the insides, backs, or outsides of your legs, depending on which part of your thigh you want to reshape. In many cases, he can make incisions along your bikini line to better hide your scars. Dr. Passaretti will use his skill to ensure your scarring is as minimal and discreet as possible. Once he makes the incisions, Dr. Passaretti will pull your skin taut and redrape it over the thigh. Next, he will remove excess skin and fat tissue before closing your incisions. Thighplasty can also be combined with other body contouring procedures or liposuction for even more comprehensive results.
The Recovery Period
The best way to ensure a smooth recovery after a thigh lift is to follow all postoperative directions and attend scheduled follow-up appointments. You will need to get plenty of rest and have a caretaker help you with many of your daily activities for at least the first week. Prior to treatment at his facility, Dr. Passaretti can provide patients with detailed instructions for a safe thigh lift recovery. He can review how to properly care for your surgical sites and recommend appropriate medication to aid in healing.*
While every recovery process is different, there is a typical recovery timeline most patients can expect after a thigh lift. Throughout this process, you will have periodic follow-up visits with Dr. Passaretti to monitor your progress and maintain your surgical sites.
Directly after Surgery
When your procedure is complete, Dr. Passaretti may bandage your incisions and insert drains to prevent blood and fluid from accumulating around the surgical site. He may also provide you with a compression garment intended to hold your incisions in place and reduce swelling. You will need to stay in the office until your anesthesia has worn off completely. During this time, we can provide you with detailed instructions about caring for your incisions and taking your medications.
You should make sure to have a friend or loved one take you to and from your surgery, as well as stay with you for the first week or so. If at any point during your recovery you experience shortness of breath, chest pain, or unusual heartbeats, you should seek medical help immediately.
First 48 Hours
Your caretaker will need to help you with regular activities like making food and going to the bathroom. To manage swelling and bruising, you can apply ice packs for twenty-minute increments. During the first 24 hours, rest is very important. You should not climb stairs, squat, or perform any strenuous activities. However, taking short walks around your home keeps blood circulating which can accelerate recovery.
After two days, you may shower. You will need to remove your compression garment and bandages carefully to wash your thighs. It is important to be gentle, as your incisions are still healing.
One Week After Surgery
You should attend your first follow-up appointment with Dr. Passaretti about a week after your procedure. He can examine your thighs and discuss any questions you have. Depending on your rate of healing, he may remove sutures and drains. At this point, you probably no longer need a caretaker, although you may still need help caring for any children. If you underwent any other body contouring treatments, including tummy tucks, liposuction, and arm lifts, this initial recovery may be longer as your body heals in multiple areas.
Two to Three Weeks Later
At the two to three week mark, many patients can return to work and begin carefully sitting on their thighs, often with the help of pillows. You should still wear your compression garment at all times, except when washing or changing your bandages. Dr. Passaretti may clear you for gentle exercise and driving. Your scars may seem more pronounced or red at this point, but they will start to fade in the following weeks and months.
While you may begin exposing your thighs to sunlight two to three months after surgery, waiting longer can allow the skin to heal further and scars to fade better.
After One Month
With Dr. Passaretti’s approval, you may be able to stop wearing your compression garment approximately one month to six weeks after surgery. Your swelling and bruising should subside. If not, contact our office right away as it may signal a complication. Six to eight weeks after surgery, you can begin lifting items over five pounds. Dr. Passaretti may also clear you to resume your regular exercise regime.*
While you may begin exposing your thighs to sunlight two to three months after surgery, waiting longer can allow the skin to heal further and scars to fade better. Sun exposure can exacerbate scarring, so be sure to wear at least SPF 15 sunscreen whenever your incision sites are exposed. *
Your recovery process should take about six to 12 months as your tissues settle into their new positions and all swelling dissipates. Mini thigh lift patients may recover more quickly. You should continue attending follow-up appointments as directed.*
Benefits and Risks
A thigh lift offers distinct advantages. Removing excess skin can:
- Make it more comfortable for you to walk and exercise
- Improve your self-confidence
- Help your clothing fit better, further improving your comfort and self-esteem
Like any surgery, thighplasty carries some risks, including infection, blood clots, bleeding, numbness, skin discoloration, asymmetry, persistent pain, skin irritation, venous complications, and fluid accumulation. Dr. Passaretti will use his surgical expertise to minimize your already low risk of complications.
Learn More During a Consultation
If you are tired of the discomfort and frustration that results from excess thigh skin and fat, a thigh lift can improve your shape and confidence. Contact our office today to learn more about this procedure and schedule a consultation with Dr. Passaretti.