If you’ve made the decision to move ahead with thigh lift surgery, you’re probably excited just thinking about what your results will look like. Thigh lift surgery helps improve your natural contours and shape by reducing excess skin and fat on your thighs and lower body region. But the way you take care of yourself following surgery will end up playing a major role in your final results.
In most cases, you’ll be released to go home one to two days after surgery to relax and recover. Total recovery often takes at least two weeks, and you can usually resume vigorous exercise within four to six weeks. Schedule a consultation with Monarch Plastic Surgery to learn more about thigh lift surgery and to find out whether you’re an ideal candidate for this slimming body contouring procedure.
If you’re currently preparing for thigh lift surgery, here are tips that will help you experience a healthy, speedy recovery.
Don’t be alarmed by bruising and numbness
Bruising after surgery is normal, and usually disappears after three or four months. The skin around your thighs may also feel numb for up to several months as your legs adjust to your new contours. Notify your surgeon immediately if you see any blood clots or other irregularities on your thighs following thigh lift surgery, since these signs could indicate possible complications.
Wait at least nine months for scarring to minimize
Thigh lift surgery does produce a scar, but any scarring will eventually flatten and lighten in color within nine months to one year of having surgery. In fact, your scar may seem as if it’s worsening throughout the first three to six months after surgery, but this is completely normal, and part of your body’s natural healing process. Try to stay patient, and understand that with time, the appearance of your scar will improve, and can eventually be hidden successfully by undergarments.
Wear your compression garment consistently
Compression garments are highly effective after most body contouring procedures because they help reduce swelling, and aid in proper skin retraction so your body can reshape itself as intended. Compression garments also aid in pushing fluids into your lymphatic system for removal from your body, which accelerates the healing and recovery process. Wear your compression garment as often as recommended by your surgeon for the best results from thigh lift surgery.
Engage in light exercise
Walking and moving around in the days and weeks following thigh lift surgery helps accelerate your body’s healing process, and reduces your risk for developing blood clots. Talk to your surgeon about the types of exercises you can do safely after surgery that won’t increase your risk for complications. Avoid strenuous exercise routines at all costs.
Consume more fruits and vegetables
Fresh fruits and vegetables contain the vitamins and nutrients your body needs to heal and recover in a healthy, speedy fashion. Bump up your intake of your favorite fruits and vegetables, and benefit from a faster recovery. Avoid consuming processed foods, as well as foods high in sugar and fat, which lack nutrition and won’t offer your body the nutrients it needs.
While it may be weeks or months before you start feeling great again after surgery, these recovery tips can go a long way in making you feel better even sooner. Talk to your cosmetic surgeon to receive additional tips on recovering from thigh lift surgery.
Do you have sagging skin on your thighs that has lost elasticity? A thigh lift may be your solution to achieving smoother and more shapely legs! Schedule a consultation with Monarch Plastic Surgery, and show off your legs with increased confidence and self-esteem.