Thigh Lift Surgery Sydney – Thigh Reduction Surgery to reduce excess leg skin by Dr Kernohan Plastic Surgeon
A Thigh lift, thigh reduction surgery or inner leg reduction are cosmetic surgery procedures that can help reshape your legs and thighs after significant weight loss. These thigh reduction procedures can help you reduce excess loose skin.
Specialist Plastic Surgeon, Dr Michael Kernohan performs Thigh Lift Surgery in Sydney Southwest Suburbs and the Southern Highlands NSW.
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What is a Thigh Lift Surgery?
Thigh lift surgery or thighplasty is a cosmetic procedure designed to reshape your thighs by getting rid of excess skin and fat.
What are the Different types of thigh lift surgery?
There are different types of thigh surgery for excess skin removal in different parts of the leg, groin and thigh:
- inner thigh lift or medial thigh reduction
- mini thigh lift
- outer (bilateral) thigh lift
- vertical thigh lift
- leg lift with liposuction
- Spiral thigh lift
Why Have Thigh Reduction Surgery?
If you are looking for a smoother contour and a more proportionate body, the thigh lift procedure can help.
The thigh surgery:
- Can remove and reduce excess skin
- Can reshape the thighs
- Creates a toned and symmetrical appearance
Benefits of Thigh Reduction Surgery
Here are some of the top benefits of having thigh lift surgery:
1. Less Excess Fat
Thighplasty will eliminate excess skin and fat. As a result, your legs will look smoother.
2. Reduced Skin Chafing
If you are prone to skin chafing and skin infections due to excess skin rubbing against each other, a thigh lift can help fix that for you.
3. Smoother Leg Skin
The thigh lift surgery tightens the skin on your thighs which can minimise the appearance of cellulite, stretch marks and give you smoother-looking legs.
4. Long-Lasting Results
The results of a thigh lift surgery can be long-lasting. So, you can enjoy the results of the surgery for years to come.
About the Thigh Lift Surgery Procedure
Prior to the thigh lift surgery, Dr Kernohan will ask you to stop taking medications that can increase the risk of bleeding and bruising. For instance, you need to avoid taking aspirin, supplements, ibuprofen and anti-inflammatory drugs. You will also be asked to undergo a medical evaluation to ensure you are in good health condition.
The surgery generally takes up to 2 to 3 hours to complete, but it can take longer, depending on the complexity of each case. General anaesthesia is used to ensure you don’t feel a thing during the procedure. The surgeon will create incisions based on the surgical approach discussed during the consultation.
Then, your surgeon will remove excess skin, fat, and then tighten the skin prior to closing up the wounds with sutures, followed by bandages. In some cases, Dr Kernohan can keep patients in the hospital overnight to ensure everything is functioning well.
Recovery after Thigh Surgery
Dr Kernohan will place bandages and drainage tubes (in some cases) at the incision site to avoid fluid accumulation. Make sure you clear out the drains as per the instructions given to you. You may need to come in to have the drains removed after a couple of days.
Make sure that you take at least two weeks off from work to rest and recover. During the first few days of recovery, you will might experience bruising, a mild level of discomfort, and swelling.
Here are a few tips to follow at home:
- Rest as much as possible during the first few days of recovery
- Take all the medications as prescribed by your surgeon
- Make sure to walk for at least 10 minutes a day to prevent the formation of blood clots
- Limit all other movements as they can put a strain on your incision
- Avoid strenuous exercises until you are fully recovered
- Aim at eating a healthy, nutrient-rich diet that is low in sodium
- Keep yourself hydrated
- Do not skip on your follow up appointments to ensure everything is functioning well
Thigh Lift Surgery Recovery FAQs
How long does recovery last after a thigh lift?
- The initial recovery period is of two to four weeks. Complete recovery can take anywhere from four to six months.
How do you sleep after a thigh lift?
- For the first week, keep a few pillows stacked underneath your legs to keep them in an elevated position. Avoid full leg extension for the first week.
How long do you wear a compression garment after a thigh surgery?
- You can wear a compression garment for three to four weeks after a thigh surgery.
When can I have a bath after the thigh reduction surgery?
- Avoid soaking in the bathtub for at least three weeks after a thigh surgery. Take a quick shower and avoid getting your incisions wet.
Does a thigh lift surgery leave scars?
- Yes, thigh lift surgery leaves scars but they will be typically covered by undergarments.
Do thigh lift scars go away?
- The scars will definitely become less visible with time. They will not completely dissapear on their own but you can always opt for scar removal treatment options.
Longer term Results of Thighplasty
The results of the thigh lift surgery will become evident in a matter of six to eight weeks. They will continue to improve over the next four to six months as the swelling goes down completely. Results of the thighplasty are usually long lasting. Make sure to avoid weight gain or loss to prevent sagging skin from re-occurring at the level of the thighs again.
Risks and Potential Complications of Thigh Lift
Every surgery comes with a certain degree of risks and complications. If you choose the right surgeon and stick to all the pre and post-surgical instructions, the chances are you won’t experience any issues during the recovery period. Keep in mind that swelling and bruising often occur after undergoing a surgical procedure, but they subside in time without any additional treatment.
For more information visit Dr Kernohan’s risks of surgery page.
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Thigh Lift Cost Sydney – How much is a Thigh Lift in Sydney ? – Thighplasty Prices & Fees
A thigh lift in Sydney can cost around $12,000 to $20,000+. The thigh lift procedure is a complex procedure that should only be performed by an experienced plastic surgeon.
A lower fee might represent the doctor or surgeon’s lack of experience, a lesser quality facility where the procedure is performed or other serious issues that should be avoided.
How to Fund Your Thigh Lift Surgery
In some cases, the insurance companies and Medicare might cover the cost whereas, in others, you will have to pay for it out of your own pocket. If you are wondering “Will Medicare cover my surgery”, you can check out more details here.
Contact Dr Kernohan’s team for a cost estimate or to schedule an appointment now.
How to Find the Best Thigh Surgeon in Sydney
Choosing the right surgeon is critical when undergoing plastic surgery. Here are a few tips that can help:
- Have a close look at the credentials and experience of the surgeon – look for a specialist plastic surgeon
- Make sure that the surgeon performs thigh lift surgery as one of their procedures for post weight loss patients
- Look for before and after photographs of past clients
- Go to consultation and make sure the surgeon answers all your questions and you feel completely comfortable
Thigh Lift FAQs
Here is a list of frequently asked questions about thigh lift surgery:
How do I fix saggy skin on my thighs?
- A thigh reduction surgery is one of the best and most effective ways to fix sagging skin on the thighs.
Why are my inner thighs so flabby?
- Inner thigh flab can be attributed to excessive weight loss, muscle tone loss and natural ageing.
How do you know if you need a thigh lift?
- Generally speaking, if you have excess skin around the inner and outer thighs as a result of weight loss, age or muscle mass loss, a thigh lift may be the right procedure for you.
How is excess skin removed from thighs?
- A thigh lift is a surgical procedure that is used to remove excess skin from the thighs. The surgery is generally performed under general anaesthesia and requires proper care during the recovery phase.
Do I need a thigh lift or thigh liposuction?
- If you don’t have too much excess skin, fat deposits, and your skin has good elasticity, liposuction might be the right procedure for you. However, if you are dealing with a lot of loose skin, a thigh lift is the right option. In some cases, the surgeon will combine both techniques to achieve desired results.