A thigh lift can help to restore shape to sagging skin that can occur after significant weight loss or merely due to aging. This procedure can lead to a major improvement in appearance and often times in comfort.
At the initial consultation, Dr. Casas will examine your areas of concern, noting the skin elasticity and the amount and distribution of fat and skin. Together, you will decide whether a thigh lift alone or in combination with a butt lift, abdominoplasty, liposuction, or other procedures will best achieve your expectations.
Whenever possible, Dr. Casas will conceal the incisions in areas that are covered by undergarments or bathing suits. The day after surgery, Dr. Casas will encourage you to move around a bit to promote blood circulation. However, she will ask you to avoid straining, bending, and lifting for at least four weeks to help reduce scarring. Narrow tubes placed to help drain fluid that creates swelling are typically removed within one week. Dr. Casas will ask you to continue to wear the support garment for a few months after surgery to further minimize swelling during the recovery process. Patients are typically able to return to non-strenuous work within two to four weeks. You may experience temporary numbness around the incision site until the nerves repair themselves, but you will be able to enjoy your reshaped thighs within months as your incisions fully heal and swelling has subsided.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage, administered by massage, is used after each procedure to reduce swelling. The number of sessions is individualized. It is important that patients follow a healthy lifestyle leading up to and following procedures, including non-smoking, a healthy diet and daily vitamins. Click here to learn more.