The operation is performed under general anaesthetic usually with one overnight stay.
In a standard thigh lift, an elliptical incision is placed in the upper thigh near the groin area so that the resulting scar is fairly well concealed. An elliptical section of tissue containing skin and fat is removed from the upper thighs and the remaining thigh tissue is pulled up to close the wound. In some patients where there is significant loose skin along the whole length of the thigh, an extended thigh lift may be required in which a ‘T’ shaped section of skin and fat may need to be removed. This leaves a ‘T’ shaped scar with a transverse scar in the groin area and a vertical scar along the inner aspect of the thigh extending from the groin scar to the knee. The wound is cauterised to stop any points of bleeding and closed with absorbable sutures so there are no stitches that need to be removed.
During the operation, ‘drains’ (thin plastic tubes) will be inserted into the wound and come out through a small hole in the skin. These drains help to remove any excess fluid within the wound and are usually removed the following day if the amount drained from the wound is minimal or kept in for 2 to 3 days.