Thighs that appear saggy or lumpy can be repaired with a thigh lift, a surgery that removes loose skin and tightens underlying tissue. This contouring procedure is especially popular among weight loss patients who have extraneous skin as a result of a large weight loss. San Antonio plastic surgeon, Dr. Chan, will trim away excessive fat on the outer and inner thighs. After tightening the remaining tissues, the thighs will be left looking smoother, slimmer, and more toned. A thigh lift is often performed in conjunction with other body contouring procedures for maximum results.
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A thighplasty is performed to enhance the looks of the inner thigh and/or outer thigh. During this procedure, an incision will be made near the top of the thigh (along the crease where the torso meets the leg), and ends at the inner aspect of the thigh. A large amount of tissue is removed from the top inner thigh area while the remaining skin is pulled up, tightened, and secured with sutures. This process reshapes the thighs, providing them a tighter, more contoured appearance.
A number of lower body contouring procedures, in addition to a thigh lift, can be combined to create a tighter lower body. A thigh lift with a butt lift is the most common combination. Some patients who are advised to have an outer thigh lift will generally need to have their butt lifted as well. With this, the outer thighs are pulled up and tightened with an incision that is made along the bottom of the buttock area. An incision can also be made around the lower back. This allows the surgeon to address the upper thighs, buttock, and hips in one surgery. This is commonly known as a lower body lift.
Thigh lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia at an accredited surgical facility. The surgery takes an average of 2 to 3 hours to complete, but could take longer if combined with another procedure. The recovery period typically takes about 6-8 weeks. Scars will also be a part of the procedure. Proper scar care is needed for the scar to heal safely. Patients generally find their self-confidence improve after surgery with the enhanced contour of their thighs.
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Thigh lift is the best choice to achieve nicely contoured and slimmer legs. Because the procedure calls for skin tightening and liposuction in cases of excessive fat deposits, it also improves the appearance of cellulite or other skin irregularities on the upper legs.
Because this surgery is invasive, it is recommended that patients limit strenuous activities until fully recovered. Patients may go back to a normal (light) routine 3 to 4 weeks after surgery. Exercise should wait until about 6-8 weeks post-op. When all wounds are completely healed, patients may begin lower body moves such as lunges or squats.
Patients who adhere to a healthy lifestyle that includes a proper diet and exercise routine will enjoy their surgical results for years. Pregnancy or any additional weight gain after this surgery could compromise the overall surgical effect. It is also advised that patients be at or near their goal weight before surgery.