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Weight fluctuations, genetics, pregnancy, and natural aging may leave you dealing with sagging skin on your thighs that is resistant to diet and exercise.
A thighplasty, also known as a thigh lift, reshapes the upper legs by reducing the excess skin and fat. There are two thighplasty methods that can be used for this surgery, depending on the amount of fat that needs to be removed. These methods include the inner or outer thigh lift.
A Compression Garment May Be Needed
You will most likely be requested to wear a compression garment following your surgery to protect the incisions, promote blood circulation, reduce swelling, and help form your new thigh contours.
A compression garment is a piece of thick elastic fabric that places consistent pressure on the treatment areas.
It is necessary to wear your garments around the clock for the amount of time your surgeon recommends—usually four to six weeks.
There Is a Balance Between Not Enough and Too Much Activity
It is common for you to feel sore and tired after undergoing a thighplasty. While it is essential that you rest and not overexert your body, you still need to stay active.
This activity includes getting up for leisurely walks multiple times a day. Staying too stagnant is just as harmful as participating in strenuous exercise before you are ready.
Your walks should start slow and short and gradually increase as the days go by. These walks will promote blood circulation, which will reduce the chance of blood clots.
Most thighplasty patients can return to more strenuous activities after four to six weeks.
Clean Incisions Means Healthy Incisions
Keeping incisions clean and dry is important for preventing infections. You will be provided with information about how to care for your incisions, how often to change your dressings and bandages, and how to maintain your surgical drains, if necessary.
Surgical drains are sometimes required to drain excess fluid. These drains will be removed a few days after your surgery.
A Healthy Diet Is Non-Negotiable
The dietary choices you make following your thighplasty can accelerate or lengthen the healing process.
While you may be tempted to opt for “comfort” food like burgers, chips, and pizza, your body may regret it in the long run. Processed foods and sugars interrupt the healing process and make it difficult for your incisions to close properly and for the swelling to subside.
Alternatively, foods that are high in lean protein and nutrients like Vitamins A and C and antioxidants can promote the healing process by reducing inflammation and stimulating cell renewal.
Try to focus on foods like:
- Fish, such as salmon
- Chicken breasts
- Vegetables, such as spinach