Thigh Lift Surgery

Thigh Lift Surgery

The skin and tissue on the thighs are affected by genetics, age, and weight changes. Each of these contribute to making the thighs appear less than ideal, which can be frustrating. You might be prone to cellulite or have experienced stubborn, sagging skin after weight loss. Fortunately, plastic surgery can help alleviate problems that even the healthiest lifestyle might not be able to achieve. Thigh lift surgery, also known as a thighplasty, could be the solution to your obstinate thigh issues.

Overview: What is a Thigh Lift Surgery?

A thigh lift is a surgical procedure that reshapes the inner and outer thighs by removing excess skin and fat from the upper leg. This provides a smoother, shapelier contour for the lower body and accentuates muscle definition, creates smooth skin, and a more youthful thigh shape. In addition to removing excess skin due to weight loss or age, and reducing the bumpy appearance of cellulite, a thigh lift can also reduce the appearance of stretch marks, which often accompany the above concerns. It is not uncommon to combine a thigh lift surgery with another procedure or cosmetic surgery. Some popular procedures to combine with a thigh lift include an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) or butt lift. This combination is sometimes called a lower body lift or 360-body lift. Some prefer to combine thigh lifts with other body contouring procedures such as a breast augmentation, a breast lift, or other procedures that are specifically designed for the removal of excess or loose skin caused by a loss of skin elasticity or significant weight loss.

Thigh lift surgeries, like most surgical or cosmetic procedures, are customized to your individual needs as the patient. Each technique requires you to be put under general anesthesia, and the incision patterns include the following techniques:

Thigh lifts are often done using a technique that initializes the incision in the groin and extends the incision downward where it wraps around the back of the thigh, or through a technique that places the incision along the inseam, from the groin to the knee before removing excess skin in the area.

Depending on the anatomy of the patient, a minimal incision inner thigh lift may only be needed. This would allow for a more discreet incision in the groin area. For patients who desire more outer thigh definition, an incision that begins in the groin and extends around the hip and onto the back may be more efficacious.

If you have excess fat in your hip and thigh area, you may be a good candidate for receiving liposuction before skin removal to improve your contours once your skin is repositioned. Your plastic surgeon will also remove redundant and sagging skin before placing deep sutures. Sutures will be embedded into the underlying tissues. This placement encourages the formation and support of the newly shaped contours. Once the deep sutures are in place, your surgeon will use additional sutures and skin adhesive tapes to close the skin incisions before wrapping the thighs in compression garments.

Candidates for Thigh Surgery

If you dislike your thighs due to the way sagging, aging skin, cellulite, or excess fatty tissues make smooth, shapely legs impossible, you might be a great thigh lift candidate. To have the procedure done, though, you will need to be in good general health and at a relatively stable weight. Evaluate your medical history and consider the number of fat deposits and loose skin you have on your thighs.

Good candidates will have excess soft tissue along the inner or outer thigh area as well. Sometimes this happens after extreme weight loss such as post-bariatric patients who have lost a massive amount of weight after their bariatric surgery. Excessive skin laxity in the thigh area is a problem for those who have lost a considerable amount of weight and removing the remaining loose skin in the upper leg can have a positive impact on the appearance of the thighs.

A thigh lift procedure is not recommended for those with an unstable weight as fluctuations can interfere with the success of your immediate and long term results.

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