Thigh lift cosmetic surgery involves a considerable recovery process. If the patient follows the post-operative guidelines of the plastic surgeon, attends follow-up appointments, and ensures that the incisions are not exposed to contaminants, it can significantly expedite the thigh lift recovery process.
Board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak provides thigh lift to patients in Houston, Texas, and surrounding communities.
Immediate Post-Op Stage
After the thigh lift plastic surgery is complete, the surgeon will wrap the incisions in bandages, and the patient will likely have temporary drain tubes to prevent the accumulation of fluid. The plastic surgeon will direct the patient to wear a compression garment for the initial few days to hold the incisions in position.
Initially, the patient will not be allowed to sit to avoid strain on the incisions. After the effect of the anesthesia wears off, the patient will be given prescription pain medication to ease any discomfort.
When the patient is able to walk around in a comfortable manner, they will be permitted to leave the surgical facility with a responsible driver.
In the initial one to two days, the patient will need assistance with routine daily tasks as going to the bathroom or cooking.
Ice therapy should also be applied to the thighs during this stage to improve the inflammation. The patient should rest the body in such a manner that the thigh tissue is not stretched. Patients usually use extra pillows to take the strain off the legs.
The patient may cautiously shower after eliminating the compression garment and bandages two days after a thigh lift. In the initial week, they should remain at home, but undertake gentle walks and light activities within the premises to maintain the blood supply in the incision areas.
The surgeon may remove drains and sutures if the incisions have healed adequately at the end of the first week.
Next Few Weeks
Many patients may be able to resume work in the second week if they can cautiously sit on their thighs with the help of pillows. At this stage, the scarring will be more prominent. However, it will progressively subside in the following months. The patient should continue to wear the compression garment all the time, except when bathing.
The surgeon may recommend the patient to discontinue using the compression garment after a month. At this time, the inflammation and bruising would have resolved significantly. If the patient still experiences pain and swelling, it could be an indication of a complication, and they should inform the surgeon promptly.
Next Few Months
The patient may be able to resume their routine exercise regimen in around six to eight weeks after receiving clearance from the surgeon.
They may also be able to lift around five pounds at this time. The scars would have faded in around two to three months and may continue improving for several more months.
The recovery process will be completed in around six months to one year. At this time, the patient can enjoy their new, youthful thigh contours. Female cosmetic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak receives patients from Houston, Texas, and nearby areas for thigh lift.
For more information on procedures and treatments provided by board-certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak please call us to schedule a consultation at 713.354.5145 or click here. Offices in Houston, Texas.