Thigh lift surgery, or thighplasty, is a cosmetic procedure designed to reduce the amount of fat and loose skin from around the thigh area. The goal is to leave the thighs looking firmer and slimmer, and to eliminate any sagginess. The procedure is popular with women who have lost a significant level of weight and been left with excess or loose skin.
A thigh lift operation is usually carried out under a general anaesthetic and can take up to two hours. The surgeon begins by will making incision at the top of the thigh and proceeds to remove a section of skin and any excess fat. The remaining skin is then be pulled tightly together and held with stitches. Often the operation is performed in combination with liposuction.
After thigh lift surgery, your thighs may be very swollen and bruised for several days. A compression garment must be worn for a set period, and movement will be painful for the first few days. You will be able to leave the hospital after a day or two, and you can normally return to work after a couple of weeks.
Risks and side effects
As well as the risk of the general anaesthetic, a thigh lift can occasionally lead to infection and problems with wound healing. Fluid build up under the skin is also a potential complication which may require further surgery. Some patients may experience reduced sensation in the treated area.
Cost and prices
The price of thigh lift in a UK plastic surgery clinic can range from £3500 to £5500. If you choose to have thigh lift abroad you can save up to 50%. For example in Belgium a thigh lift costs just £2500.
NHS, private or abroad
Thigh lifts are not available on the NHS because they are a purely cosmetic procedure. However, the operation is offered by many private cosmetic clinics in both the UK and abroad.
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