A thigh lift is more a cosmetic procedure than a health necessity. The patient wants a better body and goes in for body sculpting through plastic surgery. Almost any part of the body can be improved by plastic surgery and it is quite a common procedure today. It involves surgery, hospitalization and a recovery period of a few weeks.
Breasts, abdomen, thighs, buttocks, nose, lips, ears, arms, legs and other parts of the body can be sculpted by a good plastic surgeon and made as perfect as possible. Sudden weight loss, ageing, previous operations, loss of parts of body due to accidents or birth defects are generally corrected through plastic surgery.
The thighs are body parts which are vulnerable to sagging, wrinkling; dimpling which look ugly and patients may want to go in for thigh lifts. There are many types of thigh lifts depending on where the problem is and how the corrective surgery can be done to improve it. Selection of a renowned plastic surgeon, discussion with him on the merits and demerits of the procedure, the actual procedure, and the cost can be discussed well in advance. As plastic surgery is not an emergency, one can wait and see when it can be done. It can depend on leave, or help available, as the patient will need at least some help in the initial stage s of the recovery.
In the thigh lift surgery, an incision is made in the groin area or in the crease of the buttocks, depending on the surgery and the part to be contoured, the excess skin and fat removed, the area cleaned and stitched with suitable suture material and bandaged. The patient may be discharged in a few hours and told to start walking within forty-eight hours, avoid squatting or bending and have a shower after that period. He may expect some edema or redness or soreness in the area, which can be controlled by medicines. The recovery after a thigh lift is generally complete in two weeks after which the patient can go back to his normal duties.
The price of the thigh lift depends on whether it is done on the upper thigh, median thigh or inner thigh, whether it is a combination of liposuction, butt lift along with thigh lift. Generally the thigh lift cost is around $7,500 to $10,000. This may or may not include hospitalization charges. The plastic surgeon charges around $3,5000 to $ 5000 for the inner thigh or outer thigh. Some doctors’ offer discounts if thighplasty is done along with butt lifts or abdominal lifts. The fees also depend on the operating surgeon and it is best to find out beforehand what the procedure would cost.