The Side Effects of Thigh Lift Surgery By Gregory Mesna on October 18, 2016

A woman in a bikiniWhen patients meet for a consultation at our Minneapolis plastic surgery center, we make sure to cover all phases of the surgical treatment process. We believe that when patients understand what to expect, they are more likely to be relaxed and confident should an issue arise. This is why so many patients come to us to discuss their aesthetic goals and cosmetic needs.

When it comes to thigh lift surgery (thighplasty), we want to make sure patients know about the various side effects they'll face. Let's do a quick rundown of the basics below.

About Thigh Lift Surgery

Thigh lift surgery is performed in order to reduce loose skin, sagging, stretchmarks, and other cosmetic issues that affect the appearance of the thighs. The procedure will involve incisions made along the groin and inner thighs. Through these incisions, excess skin and tissue can be removed and the remaining thigh skin can be pulled tighter to improve the overall appearance of the legs.

There are different variations on the thigh lift to target different parts of the upper leg area. The exact surgery for you and your needs can be discussed in greater detail during the consultation process.

Pain and Discomfort

Pain and discomfort are both common after undergoing a major surgery. In many cases, the soreness will be its most pronounced in the first few days after surgery. Patients can take pain relievers as recommended to address serious discomfort as it arises. By the end of the first week, patients should be past the major pain and discomfort.

Bruising After Surgery

Bruising is to be expected after any surgery. The purple and discoloration will be most noticeable around the incision sites. In general, major bruising should fade or be in the process of fading by the end of two weeks. The bruising should be mostly gone by the end of a month, though some residual discoloration may last for a week or so after.

Swelling After Surgery

Swelling is another common side effect after surgery. The most pronounced swelling will be apparent in the first week or so. By the end of two weeks, swelling should start to subside, sometimes in a substantial manner. Major swelling should be down by the end of the month, with some residual swelling to follow. Minor swelling may take several weeks to finally dissipate.

Post-surgical Scarring

Scarring is a reality after you undergo any sort of surgery. Thankfully the scars left behind after a thigh lift are well concealed by most bottoms, undergarments, and bathing suits. The scarring will be noticeable during the early stages of healing. After a few months, the scars will begin to fade. They may never become imperceptible, though they should continue to fade in the months ahead.

Speak with Your Surgeon About Your Concerns

As you heal, you may have concerns that arise that require answers and attention. Should this happen, be sure to speak with your surgeon right away. Getting these matters addressed in a timely manner can help prevent serious complications and improve your overall healing process.

Learn More About Thigh Lift Surgery

For more information about thigh lift surgery and how it can help you look great and feel confident, be sure to speak with an experienced plastic surgeon today. We will work with you to go over the risks, benefits, and side effects of the procedure in greater detail.

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Dr. Gregory T. Mesna

Mesna Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Center

Gregory T. Mesna MD, FACS, is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 20 years of top-level experience. He performs a wide range of surgical and non-surgical procedures to enhance and rejuvenate the face, body, and breasts. He is proud to be affiliated with:

  • The American College of Surgeons (Fellow)
  • The American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • The American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • The Minnesota Society of Plastic Surgeons

You can request a free consultation at our office in Minneapolis, MN, by contacting us online or calling (952) 927-4556.

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