Thigh lift is a type of cosmetic surgery procedure designed to tighten the skin of the thigh and reduce
sagging in the inner or outer thigh resulting in smoother and contoured skin. The ideal candidates for
thigh lift are patients who have lost a lot of weight and the skin of the inner thigh sags or is droopy.
The incision is based on the areas to be treated and extent of correction. The surgeon typically uses an
incision that runs from the groin, around the back of the thigh and the crease of the buttock. The
underlying tissue will be tightened and skin will be reduced resulting in a more improve body contour.
The incisions are then closed with stitches which are either absorbable or non-absorbable.
Thigh lift surgery usually takes between 2-4 hours
Care after surgery:
Patient will feel some discomfort and tightness for the first 48 to 72 hours, but should begin to
feel normal after 3 days. Prescribed pain killers will be given to relieve discomfort. Swelling
may take 3-5 weeks to subside.
Patient will be fitted with a compression garment to protect the incisions and promote
shrinking and tightening of the skin after surgery. Drainage tubes are inserted to reduce
swelling and get rid of excess fluid. These tubes can be safely removed when the output of
drainage fluid is clear and already low.
Keep your legs slightly bent at the hips a few days following surgery. This will reduce pain and
minimized tension on the incision site. Wound dressing will be done on a daily basis so that
incision site remains dry and free from bacterial infection. You may take a shower for about 3
days after surgery. Early ambulation as soon as possible after surgery to reduce the risk of
developing blood clots.
Thigh lift surgery is generally well tolerated, but the recovery time is 2-3 weeks. We strongly
recommend strict bed rest for the first 10 days–avoiding all movement to help speed up recovery time.
Out of town patients who have the thigh lift must stay a minimum of 2 weeks in town.
We guarantee quality service and satisfying results of the operation but in cases of surgical
corrections, patient can assure a free of charge revision. Please see before and after photos of Dr.
Tanongsak patients in the Photo Gallery (photographs showed are with patient’s consent).
Risks and complications:
There are certain risks associated with any medical procedure. Some of the risks associated with thigh
lifts include: Scarring, infection, and bleeding, fluid accumulation, poor wound healing, asymmetry,
anesthesia risk, fat necrosis, blood clots, numbness, continuous pain, bruising and swelling, deep vein
thrombosis, unsatisfactory results and a possibility of a secondary surgery.
Types of anesthesia use:
The procedure can be done under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation.
You will be requested to sign in hospital consent form. Then you need five nights
admission to hospital for recuperation.
Preparation prior to surgery:
Assessment of the medical history (any allergies, serious medical condition and all
medications taken both prescribed and non-prescribed), physical examination, and laboratory
tests will be performed during consultation.
Blood and urine samples will be collected for routine preoperative laboratory tests.
Smoking must be avoided for about 3-4 weeks prior to surgery, as nicotine interferes with
circulation and will greatly affect healing process.
You will likely to be asked to stop drinking alcohol, a week before the surgery and throughout
your recovery period.
Avoid taking any medications such as hormones, anticoagulants, anabolic steroids and
supplements at least 4-6 weeks to prevent complicating medical factors prior to surgery.
Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase
Bruising and swelling can be minimized if you take certain nutritional supplements before
your surgery such as arnica and bromelain. Find out what your surgeon recommends you take
– or stop taking – before your surgery to improve the results and minimize the risks.