Thigh Lift in Toronto, Ontario
A thigh lift, or thighplasty, is a cosmetic surgery procedure that can help to reshape the thighs by removing excess skin, and in some cases, fat. In many cases, a thigh lift is performed in combination with liposuction to provide a more comprehensive result of smoother, better-proportioned thighs.
Benefits of a Thigh Lift
- Bespoke clothing fits better
- Reduced friction between the legs
- Reduced sores and irritation from friction
- Attractive legs that fit your frame
- Increased appearance of muscle definition
- Reduced appearance of stretch marks
- Enhances hygiene
- Minimizes opportunity for infection
Types of Thigh Lift
Medial Thigh Lift
This "mini-thigh lift" procedure involves an incision along the inner thigh at the inseam area, and sometimes extending around the back of the thigh. It is recommended for removing sagging skin between the legs.
Lateral Thigh Lift
In the lateral thigh lift, Dr. Chivers makes an incision along the outer thighs to remove the excess skin known as "saddlebags," which can sometimes hang from the hips. He may combine this with other procedures for a comprehensive result.
Spiral Thigh Lift
For those targeting the back of the legs and buttocks, the spiral thigh lift incision is focused on the posterior side. Dr. Chivers makes the initial incisions at the gluteal fold under the buttocks, and then lifts, smooths, and removes skin until achieving the desired youthful contours. He employs deep sutures to close the wound and encourage safe healing over the next month and a half.
Thigh Lift at a Glance
Types of Anesthesia
It is typically recommended to take 2-3 weeks off from work after a procedure and wait for 4-6 weeks before resuming physical activity. This allows for adequate healing and reduces the risk of complications. However, the exact timeframe may vary depending on the specific procedure and individual recovery process.
Thigh LiftFrequently Asked Questions
Where are the scars for a thigh lift?
Thigh lift scars typically follow a T-shaped pattern. The horizontal part of the "T" usually runs along the top of the thigh, while the vertical part extends down the inner thigh to the knee. Initially, the scar may be red and prominent, but over time, it should soften and lighten, which usually takes 12 to 18 months.
Will a thigh lift get rid of cellulite?
While tightening the skin can temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite, it's important to note that a thigh lift involves removing excess skin and tissue, and does not specifically target cellulite. Although some patients may experience an improvement in the appearance of cellulite, there is a possibility that the repositioned fat and cellulite could return.
How do I sleep after a thigh lift?
After a thigh lift, it's recommended to sleep with your legs slightly bent, and placing a pillow under your knees can help improve comfort. Avoid stretching your legs out completely, as this could place additional stress on the thighs and sutures.
Tensors will be placed on your upper thighs after surgery and should be worn for the first week.
After the first week dressing change, you can switch to a compression garment, which should be worn for a total of 6 weeks.
Pain medication and antibiotics will be prescribed for the first week after surgery. Any post-operative pain is usually mild to moderate.
Patients can walk the day after surgery.
Drains, if used, will be removed painlessly after 1 week.
Incisions should be kept dry for the first 48 hours. Patients can shower after that.
Patients can return to light work duties after 2 weeks.
The ends of dissolving sutures will be trimmed at 3 weeks.
Full activities and exercise can be resumed after 6 weeks.
Immersion of incisions in baths, hot tubs, pools, and oceans should be avoided for 2 weeks.