A thigh lift procedure can be done as part of a lower-body lift or on its own to tighten the skin and underlying structures of your upper legs. This is especially helpful for bariatric patients who have lost significant amounts of weight and are now left with drooping skin. If you’re unhappy with the shape of your thighs due to weight loss, understanding this procedure will help you make the best decision possible.
How the Procedure Works
During a thigh lift, incisions are made in the groin and along the tops of the thighs. The skin is then loosened from the underlying tissues, which can also be lifted and tightened. Sutures are placed to hold up the tissue, followed by the skin being pulled tightly, trimmed and sutured. The scars are strategically placed, so they will be covered by a bathing suit and no one need to know you’ve had any work done.
The Advantages of a Thigh Lift
There are both aesthetic and practical benefits to be gained from a thigh lift. As far as appearance is concerned, a lift will smooth out baggy skin and make stretch marks less noticeable. This is especially true if you have hanging skin in the saddlebag area, which can show even through clothing. As for the practical benefits, patients who receive a thigh lift may experience less chafing on the insides of their legs from exercise. Those with a lot of extra skin can also expect to experience less skin breakdown or fungal infections such as candida post-op.
Optional Add-On Procedures
It’s quite common to have a thigh lift performed as part of a series of procedures to tighten skin and improve overall aesthetics. Popular surgical combinations with a thigh lift include:
- Tummy tuck
- Buttock augmentation
- Knee lift
- Liposuction to further contour problem areas
- As many patients don’t want to have multiple surgeries if it can be avoided, it’s common to have several procedures done in one fell swoop. If you’re interested in a combined surgery to address more than one issue, talk to Dr. Stephens during your consultation.
Risks and Possible Complications
The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery states that most patients are satisfied with their results and heal up nicely. However, as with any surgery, the risks of fluid collection, infection and, rarely, a pulmonary embolism remain. To reduce your risk factors, you’ll want to follow all of your surgeon’s protocols concerning hygiene, exercise and lifestyle.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you are unhappy with the look of your thighs or the excess skin is causing you discomfort, a thigh lift at J. Anthony Stephens, MD could help. We’ll work with you to create a treatment plan that is tailored to your needs. Contact J. Anthony Stephens, MD today to schedule your consultation.