What To Expect After Thigh Lift Surgery?

Whether from age or lifestyle, many men and women struggle with excess and sagging skin as well as pockets of fat on the upper portions of their legs. These troublesome issues on the thighs can cause people to feel self-conscious and embarrassed. And while loose pants and dresses can hide problematic thighs, the reality is that simply hiding the legs doesn’t fix the issues. That’s where a thigh lift comes in.



Thigh lift surgery can completely transform your upper legs to get rid of cellulite, fat cells, and loose skin. After your thigh lift, you will be able to feel comfortable and confident with your appearance, allowing you to wear the clothing you’ve always wanted and participate in the activities you enjoy. However, like any plastic surgery procedure, before you can achieve your transformative results, you need to recover from your surgery, and this reality causes many people to put off their cosmetic procedure. As with anything, though, the worry about what recovery might be like is worse than what it actually is. Below, you’ll find some information about thigh lift recovery so that you can better understand what to expect.

Thigh Lift Recovery

While the exact time varies with each patient and procedure, thigh lift recovery generally takes about six weeks. It is important to understand that a thigh lift, like any cosmetic procedure, is an intentional injury to the body, so you need to make sure that you allow your body the time to heal itself. 

During your thigh lift recovery, you will need to make sure to rest. Additionally, eating healthy food and drinking plenty of water is essential to speeding up your recovery and ensuring positive results. Beyond rest and eating well, there are other ways to help you recover from your surgery to get yourself ready to show off your stunning results.

What Are Other Ways to Help You Recover?

You will experience bruising and swelling during the week or two after your procedure, especially around the incisions. You will likely experience some discomfort and pain; however, prescription and over-the-counter medications can be taken to help minimize any pain. It is important to follow any medication you take as directed. 

While it is important that you rest as much as necessary during the first two weeks after your procedure, you will want to get yourself up off the bed and take short, slow walks. Doing so will help speed up your recovery (and minimize any complications you may experience). The reason for this is that walking helps circulate blood throughout your body so that your incisions heal quicker. Additionally, blood circulation keeps blood clots from forming in your legs. Besides regular walks, however, it is important that you minimize all physical activity (and refrain from any strenuous activity until you are cleared by your plastic surgeon).

In the End…

You need to remember that plastic surgery takes a toll on your body, so it is important to listen to what your body is telling you. If something causes you pain, then that is your body telling you to slow down. Lastly, it is essential that you follow all of your post-op instructions, including going to your follow-up appointment. If you have any questions about your recovery, then feel free to contact your surgeon at any time.  


For more information about thigh lift surgery at Synergy Face + Body, please feel free to call us. If you are Inside the Beltline, call 919-335-6372. If you are in Raleigh, call 919-510-5130. You can also contact us online by filling out our online contact form.