One common part of the body that seems to be problematic for many women is the thigh area. It can store fat but can be very resistant to the effects of exercise and diet, even after some weight has already been lost. Some people who have already lost a lot of weight can still look very heavy because of how their thighs appear. This is why people look for other ways on how they can remedy their thigh problem. A way to make the thighs look better is via plastic surgery. The surgery that slims down the thighs is called a thigh lift procedure. It helps produce firmer upper legs by removing excess skin, fat, and tissue. There are different techniques that can be used by the surgeon depending on the type of thighs that a patient has. After the surgery, there can be some side effects that can be felt during recovery. By knowing these side effects, patients can prepare for them beforehand so they will be more comfortable during recovery. One of the common side effects of the surgery is nausea. This side effect is usually felt immediately after the surgery, and the main cause of it is the different chemicals, medication, and anesthesia used during surgery. This feeling eventually disappears in a few hours or days. If a patient remains nauseous after a few days, it would be best to bring it to the attention of the surgeon who did the procedure. Another common side effect is bruising and swelling of the area. Although this can also be uncomfortable and very unsightly, it will heal and gradually disappear, depending on how fast the body can heal. The site of the bruising is not necessarily on the site of incision but much further. The swelling appears much closer to the area worked on and can remain for several months after the surgery. Swelling results from the accumulation of fluid due to the surgery, while the bruising is due to blood. Either can be reabsorbed by the body on its own, but some can also be drained if there is really a large accumulation. The pain caused by the swelling can be dealt with through pain relievers. Patients are required by their doctors to move their legs after the surgery to make sure the formation of blood clots is avoided. This side effect is observed in patients who remain in a stationary position for a very long time. When the patient doesn’t move their legs or walk around, the circulation of blood is affected. This is why exercises are needed to help make sure that even if the patient doesn’t fully make use of their legs, they can still make sure that the blood circulates properly through them. Feeling numbness in the area is also a possible side effect. Damage to the nerves is possible during the surgery, but it can also heal and repair itself if the damage is not severe. This results in temporary numbness of the thighs after the procedure.