WILL ANESTHESIA AND PAIN RELIEF BE USED DURING / AFTER A THIGH LIFT?
We will make sure you are comfortable throughout the whole procedure. You will be given a local anesthetic and IV sedation for what is often called “twilight sleep.” This is lighter anesthesia than a full general anesthetic, but you will be very relaxed and will not feel any pain. For some patients, however, thigh lifts are preferred under general anesthesia.
WHAT HAPPENS IMMEDIATELY AFTER A THIGH LIFT?
The incisions will be dressed, and your thighs will probably be fitted with a compression garment to inhibit swelling.
You can go home shortly after the procedure, but someone will need to drive you home.
HOW LONG WILL COMPLETE RECOVERY FROM A THIGH LIFT TAKE?
Most patients take 2-3 weeks off from work after a thigh lift. You can expect some bruising, soreness, and swelling for a period of time. Dr. Lewis will monitor your progress in post-operative visits, and he will remove the sutures and dressings during one of these visits.
It may take a few weeks for the swelling to completely resolve so that you can see the final slimmer contour of your thighs.
Please refrain from strenuous exercise for several weeks after your procedure, as it can worsen your swelling and bruising and inhibit the progress of your recovery. Dr. Lewis will let you know when you are safe to exercise again.