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What to Expect After a Thigh Lift

A thigh lift is a surgical procedure that is done to get rid of fat and loose, sagging skin. This form of plastic surgery improves the look of the thighs to get rid of the dimpled and "cottage cheese" look of cellulite. The majority of plastic surgeons believe that the thigh lift procedure is more effective at removing fat in the front and side of the thigh region as opposed to the inside and back of the thighs.

A thigh lift is done at a hospital on an outpatient basis and it can be done under general or local anesthesia. If general anesthesia is used then you will be asleep during the entire procedure. If local anesthesia is used then you will be awake during the entire procedure but will be given a light sedative and the area to be operated on will be numbed. A thigh lift takes approximately two hours to complete from start to finish.

Thigh lift surgery starts with an incision being made in the area of the groin, which is located in the vicinity of the hip. Once the incision has been made the plastic surgeon pulls the flap of the thigh skin upwards and then carefully separates the fat of the thigh from the thigh muscle. The surgeon then strategically removes the excess fat and skin and then puts the flap of skin back in place. When the surgery is finished the surgeon closes up the incisions by way of tiny stitches and then applies bandages over the surgical sites. A drainage tube may be inserted carefully under the skin at the site in order to drain excess blood that is left over from the surgery.

It is perfectly normal to be sore, bruised and swollen in the thigh region for the first few days after surgery. In order to decrease the amount of swelling and fluid absorption it might be necessary to wear a special compression garment for the first few days after the procedure.

Walking and driving will be impossible the first few days after surgery so make sure you have someone who can stay with you to help you around your home. It is recommended that you do begin to walk as soon as the discomfort and swelling has subsided, as this is good for the proper circulation of the blood. You will be prescribed pain medication to help you cope with the first couple days of discomfort.

The stitches from surgery will be taken out after approximately a week's time. It should take three to four weeks for the recovery period to get underway. After this period of time you can resume all of your regular activities including your exercise routine. It is recommended that you wear the compression garment all of the time for a month and refrain from strenuous exercise for a period of one month.

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