Massive swelling following medial thigh lift??
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What is 'massive'?
swelling after surgery is normal and it can take a few weeks for most of it to go away, months to be completely resolved.
If you really have 'massive' swelling, you may have serous fluid (seroma) that needs drainage. It's best to be seen by the surgeon who performed your surgery.
Swelling Following Thigh Lift Surgery
Patients undergoing thigh lift surgery inevitably develop swelling following this procedure. The procedure causes disruption of the lymphatic channels and cellular injury, which causes swelling.
Significant improvement in swelling can be seen in the first three weeks following surgery, with the majority gone in about three months. Small amounts of swelling may persist up to a year following surgery.
We generally recommend the use of compression garments for about three weeks following surgery. We also recommend a low salt diet before and after this procedure. Light exercise is usually started early in the post-operative period and we want patients to ambulate as soon as possible following surgery. Massage is also helpful in the treated areas and helps mobilize fluid and ultimately decreases swelling. All of these steps help to minimize the duration of swelling following surgery.
If you're concerned about post-operative swelling following thigh lift surgery, it's appropriate to consult your surgeon. Your surgeon should be able to discuss your concerns and alleviate your anxiety.