What is the Downtime and Recovery for a Thigh Lift?
Immediately following the operation, there will be typical swelling, bruising, and general soreness in the area. Compression garments are provided to keep down the swelling and facilitate healing. Both pain medication and anti-inflammatory medication are usually prescribed to alleviate discomfort.
In some cases, drains will be put in place. These are used to collect excess fluid around the incision sites. A damp area can more easily lead to infection, so keeping fluid in check is an integral part of recovery. If drains are needed, Dr. Linville will instruct you on all you need to know about these healing tools.
Dry and Clean
Surgical sutures should remain in place for about two weeks. During this time, you’ll need to keep physical activity to a bare minimum. The area should be kept dry as well. The use of bathtubs or swimming pools is to be avoided. A dry area heals much faster.
Showering after 48 hours, or as prescribed by Dr. Linville, is an option though.
Total Downtime for Thigh Lift
When considering a thigh lift, be prepared to take about 7-10 days off work. Once you return, still be careful around the surgical sites. Keep them dry and do everything you can not to irritate them.
Be prepared to put normal physical activity on hold for about 4-6 weeks. Once you have approval from Dr. Linville, you can resume your usual workout and physical routines.
Risks and Scarring
There will be an initial amount of scarring at the incision areas. However, Dr. Linville uses your body’s natural creases to hide them.
As time goes by, they will naturally fade and become even less noticeable.
Any other risks will be discussed during the consultation. It is essential to be open about your health and medical history before deciding on undergoing treatment.