Love your Thighs
- 20 January 2016
After so many years, gravity can certainly take a toll on aging skin. Skin, by nature, gets more elastic with age and thus, it will inevitably become loose and saggy. At first thought, your facial features may come to mind. And this is true. That’s why we have facelifts and all the other wonderful facial rejuvenation methods.
But, don’t think that the rest of your body is immune from the aging process!
There are countless surgeries to help tighten your skin and improve your overall body contour. One main area that many women notice early on in the aging process is their thighs beginning to sag. When this process starts, the knees tend to hold much of the weight from the excess skin. These folds can be hard to hide in high climates where pants are far from ideal. In the beginning stages, panty hose or tights can help disguise the imperfections, but after a while, surgical intervention may be necessary.
What is it?
A thigh lift is done by surgically removing excess skin in the thigh and upper leg region. Sometimes, depending on what your plastic surgeon deems necessary, liposuction can be done in conjunction the lift. Either way, the area is tightened to create an overall better contour to the lower part of your body. Usually, the results create a youthful and more proportionate body figure.
The healing process
The healing process for a thigh lift can vary drastically based on an individual and their overall health prior to the operation. There are a few things you can do to ensure a full, healthy recovery in a timely manner.
- Don’t smoke. Smoking can greatly extend the length of the recovery period.
- Achieving a healthy body weight can aid in shortening your length of recovery as well as reducing the chance of complications.
- Eat a well-balance diet during the recovery period. Consuming the recommended amount of protein is needed since this is the main component to facilitate skin regrown.
You should review the estimated duration of your recovery specifically with your surgeon, but you can expect to have limitations through the first 8 weeks post-op. Things like heavy lifting and extensive exercise should be avoided until medically cleared by your surgeon.
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A thigh lift recovery is different than some other plastic surgeries because we use our legs to walk and with that the strain of gravity is put on the surgical sites. The stretching and pulling of these sites should be carefully monitor and held to a minimum to ensure optimal healing.
As with any surgical procedure, infection is a risk. Make sure you understand the proper care for any drains or tubes that are in place, and understand what medications you need to take during the recovery period.
Signs of Infection or complications
Monitor the surgical sites for infection. These include:
- Surgical wound separation. If you lose your stiches or drains prior to when the surgeon recommended, you should get medical assistance. Having an open wound can easily lead to infection in a hurry. If you notice that your stitches are out, and your wound is open, consult your surgeon.
Surgeries have risks, but the gains from going through with a thigh lift can be extraordinary. The healing process can make or break the surgical experience. So, take care of yourself and ask questions!