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Recovery from Thigh Lift or Thighplasty Orange County
What kind of recovery should I expect after my Thigh Lift/Thighplasty Surgery?
Day of Surgery – Medial thigh lift surgery may be performed as an outpatient procedure, but you may choose to stay in the hospital overnight for a lateral thigh lift with lower body lift. If you choose to go home, you will spend an hour or two in the recovery room prior to being released in the company of a friend or family member. We also have a private duty nurse available to care for you in the comfort and privacy of your own home if you so choose.
Garment – When you wake up from your procedure, you will be in the recovery room and will be wearing a lower body garment. Plan to wear the compression garment for three to four weeks following surgery.
Resting – During the first week after your thigh lift, keep your legs slightly bent at the hips. This ensures that the tension on your incision line is minimized, reducing pain and resulting in a thinner scar during the initial healing process.Mild discomfort and tightness in the thigh area is common for the first 48 to 72 hours. After the third day, the pain will be resolved significantly and the tightness will begin to feel normal.
Dressing – For those who have had an inner thigh lift, it is important to keep the inner thigh and groin crease dry at all times. Place a 4 x 4 gauze on each side and change twice daily.
Painkillers – You’re likely to feel sore for a few days, but you should attempt to get out of the bed in 24 hours. Most of your discomfort can be controlled by the prescribed painkillers.
On-Q-Pain Pump – Alternatively, you may also be a candidate for a revolutionary new product for the management of post-operative pain, called the On-Q Post-Operative Pain Pump. Be sure to ask Dr. Agha about this during your consultation if you think you might be a good candidate for this system.The inner thigh incisions need daily care to keep them clean and dry. Other dressings can be changed on the third post-operative day. You may now take a shower. After showering, simply pat your incisions dry and replace your abdominal binder.
First Post-op Visit – Dr. Agha prefers to see you on Day 5 for your first post-operative visit. At this time, he will remove the drainage tubes that are used with the lateral thigh lift.
Swelling – Any swelling in your lower body and upper thighs may take three to five weeks to subside.
Driving – You may drive when driving does not cause pain. This usually occurs in 2-3 weeks. It is not safe to drive a car within twenty-four hours of taking pain medication as your reflexes and alertness may be altered.It is important that the surgical incisions are not subjected to excessive force, abrasion, or motion during the time of healing.
Walking – Even if you find standing difficult during the first post-operative week, it is still important to start walking as soon as possible, usually the evening of surgery. This is the best way to reduce the chance of getting a blood clot in the legs.
Light Exercise – Dr. Agha recommends a program of light exercise following surgery. The motion afforded by this activity will reduce swelling, decrease the possibility of developing blood clots and enhance skin tone.
Activities – During the first week after surgery, you want to avoid activities that raise your blood pressure. This could cause bleeding at the operative site, which could result in a hematoma (collection of blood). Walking is an excellent form of exercise, especially during the first week. Avoid exercises which directly stress the area of your surgery for a full four weeks. After this period, cardiovascular activities, such as riding a stationary bicycle or brisk walking, can be initiated. Avoid heavy lift, contact sports, and jogging for up to six weeks. Six weeks after surgery, you will be nearing your pre-operative state. Avoid stressing the surgical area to maximize healing and minimize scarring. During the early phase of healing, one must avoid irritation around the operative site as this can worsen swelling and fluid accumulation. This could cause the development of a seroma (fluid collection) or cause problems with the wound (dehiscence or opening of the suture line or widening of the scar). Even though the skin is closed, there are many activities taking place beneath the skin.
Healing – You will need a few weeks to recover and heal from a thigh lift procedure. The typical healing time is at least one to three weeks before returning to work.
Scarring – Every person’s body is different, and many factors contribute to scar healing. Your scars will be firm and pink for about six weeks. Nonsmokers and those who follow the Enhanced Recovery Nutritional Supplements routine have a better chance of having rapid healing and thinner scarring. Expect to wait at least nine months before your scars lighten in color and become as flat as the rest of your skin. Although they will never disappear completely, scars will not show under most clothing.
Follow-ups – Regular checkups protect against complications.
Emergencies – Some discomfort is expected following your surgery. Be sure to tell us if:
- There is an increase in swelling, pain, redness, drainage, or bleeding in the surgical area.
- You develop fever, dizziness, nausea or vomiting, or a general ill feeling.
- If you experience shortness of breath, chest pains, or unusual heartbeats, seek medical attention immediately. Should any of these complications occur, you may require hospitalization and additional treatment.
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