Classically, a patient is eligible for a thigh lift if he/she:
• Has unwanted skin and soft tissue along the thighs – The plastic surgeon may be able to eradicate thin layers of fat cells during the surgery, but thighplasty was not developed for this reason and is no replacement for regular exercise, good diet and nutrition.
• Maintains a stable weight – If the patient has not yet reached his weight loss goals, losing further weight can cause thigh tissue to droop again. Furthermore, gaining excess weight after the surgery can also hamper with the results. Surgeons may be able to work with the patient to settle on a target weight for this surgery.
• Is in good general health – Conditions such as diabetes can compromise the patient’s ability to recover well or safely go under the required amount of anesthesia.
• Does not smoke – Smoking can disturb the healing process and increase the patients risk for complications. If the patient does smoke, he may become a candidate for thighplasty if he agrees to stop smoking for a certain period of time before and after the surgery.
• Is not an excessive alcoholic – this can also impair the recovery process and raise risks of complications.
• Is mentally healthy – this is because plastic surgery can be both physically and emotionally strenuous.
• Has realistic prospects for the surgery – Surgeons provide patients with more information about potential results.
• Can stick to maintaining a good healthy diet and exercising after the patient’s thigh lift to preserve results.
It does not matter if the patient is not a viable candidate for a thigh lift, the surgeon can recommend a different procedure to help the patient enhance the appearance of his/her thighs.