A thigh lift is performed to remove excess skin and fat from the upper legs. Candidates typically suffer from loose, inelastic skin after extreme weight loss due to diet, exercise or bariatric surgery. Because of this, the procedure is often combined with others such as breast lift, face lift or arm lift to retain an attractive body proportion.
Thigh lift is an excellent way to achieve firmer and more attractive upper legs. This procedure is especially helpful for those who struggle with loose, excess skin as a result of weight loss.
A thigh lift, or thighplasty, involves the removal excess skin, fat, and tissue to tone and refine the upper legs.
A Thigh Lift, or thighplasty, involves the removal excess skin, fat, and tissue to tone and refine the upper legs. For many people, the upper legs become an increasingly problematic area as they age, while others find that the thighs remain stubbornly resistant to diet and exercise after massive weight loss. Fat cells, cellulite, and excess skin can accumulate on the thighs, making people look heavier, older, and less fit than they actually are. Sagging skin on the thighs can also make people feel self-conscious about their appearance. While some people achieve good results with vigorous exercise and a healthy diet, others find it difficult or even impossible to tone their thighs.
Fortunately, plastic surgery offers a potentially ideal solution in the form of thigh lift surgery. Thigh lift is an excellent way to achieve firmer and more attractive upper legs. This procedure is especially helpful for those who struggle with loose, excess skin as a result of weight loss. A thigh lift, or thighplasty, involves the removal excess skin, fat, and tissue to tone and refine the upper legs.
Candidates for Thigh Lift
If your thighs sag, a thigh lift can help give you a trimmer, more youthful appearance. Many patients who wish to improve the appearance of their thighs are good candidates for thighplasty, but you will need to meet certain requirements to qualify for this surgery. These criteria help keep you safe during the procedure and maximize your chances for achieving your new look. Typically, you will be eligible for a thigh lift if you:
- Have unwanted skin and soft tissue along your thighs. Dr. Skalicky or Dr. Shafran may be able to remove thin layers of stubborn fats during your procedure, but thighplasty is not designed for this purpose and is no replacement for proper exercise and nutrition.
- Maintain a stable weight. If you have not yet reached your weight loss goals, losing further weight could cause your thigh tissue to droop again. In addition, gaining significant weight after your procedure can also interfere with your results. Rinklefree Plastic Surgery can work with you to determine a target weight for this procedure.
- Are in good general health. Chronic conditions such as uncontrolled diabetes could compromise your ability to recover well or safely go under the necessary anesthesia or sedation.
- Do not smoke , as this can disrupt the healing process and increase your risk for complications. If you do smoke, you may become a candidate for thighplasty if you agree to stop smoking for a prescribed period of time before and after your surgery.
- Do not drink heavily , since this can also impair your recovery and raise your risk of complications.
- Are psychologically healthy , since plastic surgery can be both physically and emotionally taxing.
- Have realistic expectations for your procedure. Rinklefree Plastic Surgery will give you more information about your potential results.
- Can commit to maintaining a healthy diet and exercising after your thigh lift to preserve your results.
Directly before your thigh lift, Dr. Skalicky or Dr. Shafran will assess your thighs one final time to ensure you are eligible for surgery (you should be free from infection and show no signs of weight fluctuation between your initial consultation and surgical date). Then, he may make marks on your thighs to serve as a surgical guide and help you understand what to expect for your incisions and results. Next, the surgical nurses will clean your thighs and prepare you for surgery. To keep you calm and comfortable, an anesthesiologist will administer either local anesthesia combined with intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. At this point, you will likely not remember the rest of your surgery or feel any sensation, since you will be partially or completely unconscious. Dr. Skalicky or Dr. Shafran, nurses, and anesthesiologists will monitor your vital signs throughout your thigh lift to make sure you remain safe and healthy.
To begin modifying your tissue, Dr. Skalicky or Dr. Shafran will make an incision into your thigh, according to the type of thigh lift you have chosen and your agreed-upon custom surgical plan. Using this incision, he will remove small amounts of stubborn fat deposits, as well as soft tissue. If you have more significant unwanted fat in your thighs, Dr. Skalicky or Dr. Shafran may need to first perform liposuction, during which he or she will make a tiny incision into your thigh and use a cannula (small tube) to dissolve fats with motion, vibration, air, lasers, or sound waves so they can be removed. Once Dr. Skalicky or Dr. Shafran have finished removing fat and soft tissue, he or she will pull your skin taut and trim it for a smooth, svelte appearance. Dr. Skalicky or Dr. Shafran may also tighten the thigh muscles for a firmer, fitter look. He will then close your incisions with sutures, placing drains to prevent fluid accumulation and infection.