Some people carry weight around their thighs due to factors like genetics or childbearing. It’s also common for the thighs to have leftover sagging skin after extensive weight loss. The thigh lift is an effective way to contour and tighten the area with long-term results.
The thigh lift is a body contouring procedure that removes stubborn fat and excess skin from the upper legs. It’s commonly performed after weight loss or childbearing and combined with other procedures like the tummy tuck or liposuction.
There are two different incision techniques used during a thigh lift. The first is the inner incision, which is placed along the crease where the leg meets the groin (sometimes called a minimal incision thigh lift). Another incision can be placed along the inseam for more substantial correction. The second option is the outer thigh lift, which uses an incision beginning in the groin, around the crest of the hip, and across the back. Each option can be easily concealed within clothing, and your plastic surgeon will help you determine the best option for your needs during your consultation.
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Good candidates for a thigh lift are patients who have stubborn fat and loose skin around the thighs and hips because of weight fluctuations, pregnancy, or genetics. The thigh lift is not a weight loss procedure, and you should be at a healthy and stable weight before considering surgery. This will help you maintain your thigh lift results by preventing weight fluctuations.
A thigh lift is typically performed using general anesthesia. It begins with a predetermined incision performed by your plastic surgeon. The underlying fat will be removed, and your plastic surgeon may perform liposuction on the surrounding areas. Then, the skin is pulled tighter, and any excess is removed. Finally, the incisions are closed, and you’ll be fitted with compression garments for your recovery. Afterward, you can return home.
You can expect to take 1-2 weeks away from your normal schedule to rest and recover. You should plan to limit your activity level during this time and arrange for help around your home with child and pet care, cleaning, and errands. You’ll be given detailed aftercare instructions from our team that details things like bathing, incision care, drain care, and prescription medications. You can expect swelling to last for the first few weeks – wearing your compression garments as much as possible can reduce swelling and help the skin adhere to the new contours. It can take a few months for swelling to subside completely, but you’ll see noticeable improvement in your figure. Your plastic surgeon will indicate when you can return to your normal activity level after surgery.
The thigh lift is the most effective way to achieve slimmer, more toned legs. To learn more about your body contouring options, contact our Draper, UT office by calling or filling out our online form.Contact Us