A thigh reduction, also known as a thigh lift, is designed to remove excess skin present around the inner or outer thighs to create a shapelier lower body contour. Patients who have reached their ideal weight and are self-conscious about excess skin on their thighs are ideal candidates for this surgery. Whilst it may remove some fat deposits, a thigh reduction is not designed for patients only wanting fat removal. If there is significant fat deposits and excess skin, liposuction can be used in combination with thigh reduction techniques. It may also be performed alongside other surgeries which can be common for massive weight loss patients.
What can be achieved with a thigh reduction?
The following benefits can be achieved with a reduction surgery:
- Improved self-esteem and confidence
- Removal of excess skin that can cause chafing and discomfort
- Partial removal of excess fat
- Improved lower body contour and thigh shape
How is a thigh reduction performed?
A thigh reduction is conducted under general anaesthetic. The surgery involves the removal of excess skin and tissue around the thighs to tighten and lift the remaining skin. There are two different types of incisions used in thigh reduction surgeries, and plastic surgeon Dr Grant Fraser-Kirk will create a tailored surgical plan with the most suitable option for each patient. These incisions are strategically placed in areas commonly covered by most swimsuits or bikinis.
Thigh reduction incision types:
- Inner Thigh Lift Incision
Incisions are placed in the groin that extend down and wrap around the back of the thigh.
- Outer Thigh Lift Incision
Incisions are placed in the groin that extend around the hip and across the back of the thigh.
Once the appropriate incision is made, Dr Fraser-Kirk will reshape and tighten the underlying tissue, removing the excess skin. The remaining skin is draped and tightened over the new thigh contours, and the incisions are closed with sutures. The surgery will take between two to four hours to complete.
What can I expect during recovery?
Immediately after surgery, dressings or bandages are applied to the incision areas and covered with a compression garment. This will help to minimise swelling and support the new body contours. Temporary drains may also be inserted to remove excess fluid or blood that may build up post-surgery. Patients may experience some pain or discomfort, which can be managed with medication, as well as some bruising and swelling around the thighs. Patients may be required to stay overnight in hospital or longer, depending on the extent of the surgery and post-operative healing.
General recovery instructions:
- Take sufficient time off work and usual activities. This can be between one to three weeks, depending upon the patient’s recovery condition.
- Take prescribed medications and lotions.
- Avoid strenuous activity for at least six weeks. This includes any swimming or heavy lifting.
- Avoid driving during the recovery period.
- Attend all post-operative appointments to monitor healing.
During your recuperation, it will be important to prioritise your general health and wellbeing, as well as following all post-surgery recovery instructions. This will ensure optimal healing for the best possible outcome and help to minimise scarring where possible. Dr Fraser-Kirk will endeavour to be available for any concerns or issues that may arise post-surgery.
How much will a thigh reduction cost in Sunshine Coast?
The cost for thigh reduction surgery is different for each patient because the surgery is tailored to a patient’s individual needs. The cost will vary depending upon the complexity and length of surgery and is influenced by other factors, including hospital fees, surgeon costs, anaesthetist fees, and post-operative care costs. During a consultation with Dr Fraser-Kirk, costs will be outlined to you once your personal needs and desired surgery outcomes are evaluated.
If you have any questions regarding cost, please contact us.
What are the associated risks and complications?
Risks and complications are always present to some degree with any procedure a patient undergoes. These are the associated risks and complications with a thigh reduction surgery, including:
- Anaesthesia complications
- Allergic reactions to dressings, sutures, or antibiotic agents
- Excessive bleeding
- Fluid accumulation
- Poor wound healing
- Wound separation
- Fat necrosis
- Skin discolouration
- Skin loss
- Poor scarring
Following the personalised recovery instructions given by Dr Fraser-Kirk will help to mitigate the post-surgery risks. It is important to monitor the thighs during this time and contact Dr Fraser-Kirk should any of the risks and complications listed arise after surgery.
Book your consultation with Dr Grant Fraser-Kirk today
An in-depth consultation with Dr Fraser-Kirk is crucial to assessing your suitability for a thigh reduction surgery, as he will evaluate your general health and wellbeing, what areas of the thighs concern you, and what you hope to achieve with this procedure. We aim to provide tailored surgical solutions that empower our patients with their best lifestyle.