Depending on the kind of plastic surgery, the aftercare process can differ. The recovery might take longer and different side effects can occur. Many patients experience discomfort from time to time after having a thigh lift surgery. This happens because of the nature of the procedure. The area where the incisions are made takes quite some time to heal completely. Moreover, it entails that the patient needs to practice extra precaution when taking care of the wound. With a thigh lift, it is common to experience some side effects. Their knowledge will help you keep better prepared during the recovery process.
Although the recovery process of a thigh lift is difficult, you should not expect the worst to happen because of that. The difficulties that accompany the recovery process of this surgery should be expected. The surgeon removes a crescent-shaped patch of the skin from the inner side of your thigh to tighten it. Possibly, liposuction is needed on other areas of your thigh as well. On average, the inner side of the thigh heals slowly.
You might experience other problems such as leakage from the wounds. The edges of the wound can also reopen. There’s no need to panic if these things are happening to you. In this guide, we’ll provide you with all the thigh lift aftercare tips that you need to know about.
What Results Can You Expect from Your Thigh Lift?
A thigh lift surgery intends to contour the upper leg, which is what’s known as the thigh of the leg. Essentially excess fat is suctioned out of the thigh. The surgeon also tightens the skin, which has stretched to accommodate the layers of fat beneath, so that it doesn’t hang loose.
In a thigh lift, the surgeon won’t always make an incision in the inner thigh area. The patient can undergo an outer thigh lift, inner thigh lift, or both surgeries at the same time. What surgery you end up getting will depend on the results that you’re seeking to achieve from the surgery.
If someone you know has gotten a thigh lift surgery in the same areas that you did, you shouldn’t expect to have a similar recovery process to that person. The way your body heals will very likely differ from that other person. Your genetics, age, anatomy, and pain tolerance can largely impact the recovery process, which is why it is probably not a good idea to compare your recovery to someone else.
On average, though, there are certain commonalities in the experiences of the patients who have thigh lift, which is why we wanted to share them with you.
Why Is the Thigh Lift Recovery Process Difficult?
In general, the deeper and larger the wound, the longer it will take for it to heal completely. Certain factors can also cause poor blood flow to the legs, which further makes it difficult for the wound to heal quickly. Other than that, a wound in the thigh area generally takes longer to heal.
This makes the aftercare process more difficult as you’ll have to deal with its side effects for longer. The longer it takes for the wound to heal, the more likely it is for you to deal with issues. This will again take you a few steps back in the recovery process. Keeping this in view, you can expect the aftercare process of thigh lift a little more difficult compared to other plastic surgeries, such as breast augmentation, facial surgeries, or liposuction.
What Should You Expect to Experience During the Thigh Lift Aftercare?
Normally, patients experience swelling and bruising in the surgical areas during the recovery process. You will need to wear the special compression garment that is provided to you to take care of the swelling. The garment will provide you with greater support and keep the incisions safe. Swelling and bruising might last for a few weeks after the surgery, but it will go away.
Since the surgery has taken place on the thigh area, any movement will impact it. The surgeon might ask you to limit your movement for a couple of weeks after the surgery. Extreme stretching or bending can rip open the wound and make it bleed. However, you will have to move around a little to ensure sufficient circulation of blood in that area.
You’ll quite likely experience pain and soreness after the surgery. Once the anaesthesia wears off, you’ll begin to feel pain. Our surgeons prescribe you painkillers to deal with the pain. Leakage through the wounds is also common. And your wounds can also open up at the edges. Don’t worry about this. You need to make sure that you are properly and regularly changing your bandage dressing. The leakage and small wound openings will go away on their own. These might end up affecting your work, though, at least for a few months.
When Do You Need to Seek Medical Attention?
If you experience shortness of breath, chest pains, or arrhythmic heartbeats, you should immediately get in touch with us. If you have an infection at the surgical site, then too you should make sure to contact us. Redness, tenderness, warmth, pus oozing from the surgical incision, and delayed healing of the wound are some of the signs of infection. Keep an eye out for these.
What’s the Recovery Timeline of Thigh Lift?
Below we have summarised the things that you might experience during the recovery process of your thigh lift and how long it might take for your body to overcome those complications. In any case, your surgical area should be kept safe from any sudden movements or excessive force.
|Expected Side Effects||What To Do|
|1 Day After Surgery||Tiredness, soreness, and/or nausea||Have someone accompany you. Avoid driving, take ample rest and stay hydrated.|
|2-28 Days After Surgery||Swelling and bruising in the surgical area. This may be accompanied by leakage and small wound openings.||Make sure you’re wearing your compression garment. |
Regularly, carefully, and properly change your bandage dressing.
Avoid activities that require too much movement. Take short walks, though. It can help improve blood circulation to the wound, which can help in faster recovery.
To reduce the swelling, avoid any foods that are salty. Stick to a low-sodium diet.
|1-2 Months After Surgery||You might still have swelling around the surgical area. However, you will notice that the scarring has started to fade.||You can continue with your day-to-day activities at this point in your recovery phase.|
|1 Year After Surgery||You will see the final results of your thigh lift surgery after a year. |
The swelling usually lasts for around 6 months after the surgery. Still, you might have some swelling after a year.
You will also notice that your scar has largely faded away. It will take some time to completely go away.
|To get rid of the swelling, make sure that you exercise. |
You can try to reduce the appearance of the scars by using bio-oil.
What Are Some Tips for Recovering Successfully from Thigh Lift Surgery?
In order to ensure a successful recovery, first and foremost, you need to follow the instructions of your surgeon. Depending on the patient, the surgeon can provide you with special aftercare instructions. Other than that, you need to do the following things for a successful recovery.
Regularly Change the Dressing
Problems such as wound leakage and small openings will be taken care of on their own if you regularly change the dressing. It is one of the most important parts of the recovery process. The surgeon will guide you on how to change the dressing. Make sure that you do exactly as you’re told by the surgeon.
You’ll quite likely change the dressing a month after the surgery has taken place. However, this isn’t always the case. How soon you have to change the dressing depends on the area where the surgery has taken place.
Take Your Prescribed Medicines
After the thigh lift, the surgeon will prescribe you some medicines. He/she will provide you with antibiotics and painkillers. For antibiotics, you need to be very careful; they should be taken after every 12 hours.
Keep the Wound Clean
Do not let dirt and sweat fester in the wound for long periods of time. It can cause an infection and delay the healing. You should make sure to clean the surgical area with soap.
It’s better if you take some time off work. You might tire yourself out or end up injuring yourself. Therefore, rest as much as you can. But this doesn’t mean that you’re on complete bed rest. Take short walks to help with blood circulation. This can play an important role in a successful recovery. Accompanying your rest should be hydration.
Wear Your Compression Garment
You will have to wear the special compression garment for at least 6 weeks. Sometimes, 4 weeks will suffice, but that depends on your history and surgery.
Summing Up the Discussion
Thigh lift surgery can contour your legs in the way that you desire. For some time after the surgery, you might experience some difficulties. But it’s only temporary and part of the recovery process. If you feel that something’s not right or have any questions about your aftercare process, you can always contact our Aftercare Team at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our dedicated team will be happy to assist.