Following thigh lift, the patient will be provided with a compression garment for two to four weeks to help tighten the skin and prevent swelling. It is not unusual to have some drainage from your incisions for the first couple of days. Some bruising, swelling and soreness in the treatment area are to be expected, but pain can be managed with medications prescribed by Dr. Danau. In addition, Dr. Danau will provide the patient with detailed postoperative instructions to ensure a smooth healing process, including how to change dressings and when it is acceptable to resume showering. Any pain resulting from the surgery should begin to subside after a few days.
Walking during the first 48 hours is encouraged. Climbing stairs, squatting and aerobic activities should be avoided for several days. Most patients have a “tight” and swollen feeling in the thighs. This gradually goes away. Most of the swelling is gone by six weeks time. Individuals with a “desk job” may return to work after one week. Positions that require lifting more than 25 pounds, prolonged periods of standing, walking, or heavy lifting should not be resumed for three to six weeks. The scars will begin to fade two to three months after surgery and will have diminished considerably in one to two years, though they will not disappear completely.