Your Initial Thigh Lift Consultation

The role of the consultation is to ensure that you feel informed, confident, and excited. During your initial consultation, Dr. Min will ask you about your desired appearance, as well as any wardrobe preferences that may help determine the location of your incisions. He will also ask you questions about your general health and activity levels to determine if he can meet your expectations. He will walk you through your options, explain the details of the thighplasty procedure in Bellevue, and answer any questions you may have. You will have an opportunity to view extensive before and after photos.

Prior to Your Thigh Lift Procedure

Prior to your surgery, we will schedule a preoperative appointment with Dr. Min. The purpose of this meeting is to make sure that your thigh lift procedure in Bellevue goes smoothly and efficiently. Our staff will review the risks and benefits of the procedure, as well as your consent forms, and answer any questions you might have.  You may be given your prescriptions to be filled prior to your surgery. You will be given a list of medications and supplements to avoid for two weeks before and after surgery. If you are a smoker, you will be advised to stop smoking at least two weeks prior to surgery. You should not smoke for at least two weeks following surgery.

Your Thigh Lift Procedure

We will do everything in our power to help you feel informed and relaxed on the day of your thigh lift procedure in Bellevue. After you arrive, you will meet with Dr. Min and with your anesthesiologist. Once any questions you have are answered, you will be given medication to help you relax. You will be brought into the surgical suite, where you will be prepped for surgery and given a general anesthetic. Surgery usually takes 2-3 hours. You will wake up in the recovery room, where you will be closely monitored. We will let you know how everything went and advise you on what to expect as you recover. You need to arrange for someone to pick you up and stay with you for the first couple of days as you adjust.

After Your Thigh Lift Procedure

You are still our patient after you leave, and we will be there for you as you recover to answer any questions you may have and advise you on any side effects you may be feeling. Thigh lifts are generally performed as outpatient procedures in Bellevue, but some patients may require an overnight stay before returning home. You can expect to feel tired and sore after the surgery, and you will experience some swelling and discomfort in the treated area, both of which can be managed with medication.

You will likely wear a compressive dressing for 1 week following surgery, and you will be able to shower normally after 5-7 days. While some movement is permissible, and walking is highly encouraged to promote blood flow, most patients will want to avoid strenuous exercise for several weeks. Dr. Min will advise you on the specifics of your recovery program. Most patients return to work in 1-2 weeks, but you should avoid strenuous activity or heavy lifting for at least 6 weeks and avoid high-impact activities (skiing, wakeboarding, contact sports) for the duration of your recovery (6-8 weeks). Your stitches will dissolve and be absorbed by your body, so you will not have to worry about getting them removed.