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Clinic 805 - Surgical Procedures > Thighplasty


Thighplasty is an improvement of the inner and/or outer thigh contour by removal of skin and fat. Incisions may be made on the inner/outer thighs or flank area, depending on your needs.

Dr. Smith will meet with you in consultation prior to booking surgery. Pre-operative photographs may be taken at this time, or on the day of surgery.

This procedure is performed at our private clinic under general anaesthetic. You will be required to fast after midnight the night before. Wear loose fitting/comfortable clothing to the clinic. You must have someone drive you home and stay with you after surgery.

Patients may be discharged from the clinic with a Foley catheter still in place (for approximately three days). You will be given instructions on care for this catheter. You may experience a moderate amount of incision discomfort for the first five days; therefore, pain medication will be provided as needed. You will be asked to wear a thigh binder (or spandex tights/shorts) to support your incisions and dressings for several weeks post-operatively.

Thighplasty surgery requires a constant level of home support. You will need to have this organized and in place prior to booking their surgery. A care giver will need to help you with medication, positioning, mobility, hygiene, dressings, and meals. This 24/7 care is recommended for at least 3 – 5 days post-op.

You will be asked to position yourself to minimize tension on your incisions. Because of prolonged immobility post-operatively, your legs may be tensored and we ask that you move your legs periodically in bed to prevent deep vein thrombosis (blot clots). Once the mobility increases, this will no longer be a concern. You will be instructed on wound care and dressings by one of our nurses.

Most patients are up and about in approximately 5 – 7 days post-operatively. You will be back to full activity at 4 – 6 weeks. Our office nurse will see you in follow-up 5 – 7 days post-op, and subsequently as required.

Dr. Smith will meet with you approximately 3 – 6 months after your surgery to assess results and take post-operative photographs.