What to Expect during Thigh Lift Recovery

If you have decided to undergo thigh lift surgery, Dr. Matt G. Chhatre can explain the thigh lift recovery process at his Kansas City, MO-area practice. He can discuss your estimated timeline for recovery, and review possible post-surgery symptoms. Dr. Chhatre will also provide you with instructions on how to care for the incision sites, and talk to you about activities that you should avoid during your recovery. Understanding the recovery process and following the post-operative instructions can help speed healing time and lower surgery-related risks. To learn more about thigh lift surgery and what to expect during your recovery, contact us today.

Thigh Lift: An Overview

Young woman standing on a boat.Thigh lift surgery involves the removal of excess skin and, in some cases, stubborn fat deposits from your upper legs. If weight loss has left you with sagging skin on your thighs, a thigh lift can enhance their shape and tone. This procedure can also reverse the natural effects of age and gravity.

Dr. Chhatre offers several thigh lift techniques, which differ primarily based on the location and size of the incisions. Some thigh lift techniques are more extensive than others, therefore, the method you select can impact your expected recovery time. Dr. Chhatre will review these techniques with you during your initial consultation to determine if you are a good candidate, and which technique is most appropriate for you. 

Estimated Recovery Timeline

It may take up to 12 months to see the full effects of your thigh lift, but you will be able to resume your normal activities long before this time. For the first 24 hours after surgery, you should avoid most activities. A friend or family member will need to stay with you for the first day to assist with daily tasks, such as meal preparation. You may want to apply ice to minimize swelling and bruising. You may also need to take prescribed medications every few hours.

Two days after your thigh lift, you can shower. Your compression bandages and garment should be removed before you shower, so that you can gently wash your thighs. You will be scheduled for a one week follow-up with Dr. Chhatre, so that he can monitor your progress.

You should wear your compression bandages at all times, unless otherwise instructed. The compression bandages will minimize irritation, and they will help your skin conform to the new shape of your legs.

In most cases, you can return to work two to three weeks after your surgery. You may need to sit on cushions or pillows at your desk to protect the incision sites. You can also begin driving and engage in gentle exercise during this time. Compression bandages will usually be removed after one month, and you can resume regular exercise in six to eight weeks. However, you should wait for Dr. Chhatre’s approval before you begin a workout routine.

Caring for Your Incisions

Dr. Chhatre often places surgical drains in the incision sites during a thigh lift. After your surgery, it is important that you clean them regularly, according to your post-operative instructions. You should wear your compression bandages at all times, unless otherwise instructed. The compression bandages will minimize irritation, and they will help your skin conform to the new shape of your legs. For the first few weeks after your surgery, you should also avoid climbing stairs, squatting, or any activity that mat place tension on the incision sites.

Common Post-surgical Symptoms

Thigh lift surgery is a low-risk procedure. However, there are some common symptoms you should be aware of, including:

  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Soreness and inflammation
  • Tight feeling or temporary numbness in your thighs

A thigh lift will result in scarring, though you can typically conceal them beneath clothing and swimwear. Using plenty of sunscreen while outdoors can further minimize their appearance. Vitamin E and certain topical treatments may also help.

Learn More about Recovery

Dr. Chhatre strives to provide excellent care through every step of your thigh lift surgery, including recovery. Contact the team at Summit Plastic Surgery & Med Spa today to learn more about what to expect after your thigh lift procedure.