About Thigh Lift Surgery
Losing weight is a huge triumph for any individual. But men and women who achieve their weight loss goals sometimes need one extra step to complete their physical transformation. Depending on how long you were overweight and how much weight you lost, excess skin may be a separate difficulty if the skin was not able to adapt to the new size and shape of your body. The thighs, specifically, are an area of concern for many patients. Port St. Lucie, FL plastic surgeon Dr. S. Darrell Lee offers thigh lift surgery (known as thighplasty) at Lee Plastic Surgery and Laser Center, which trims away excess skin on the inner and outer thighs to create a tighter, more contoured appearance. This surgery has risen in popularity because it offers natural results for patients battling loose skin on the thighs.
Thighplasty is a skin removal and skin tightening procedure that addresses excess skin. Thigh lift surgery is considered an after weight loss procedure. It is often performed on patients who have lost 100 pounds or more. It is also popular among older people who are battling loose skin due to age, as well as with women whose weight changed due to pregnancy. If you have hanging, wrinkly, or loose skin on the upper thighs (either the inner or outer thighs or both), this surgery may be an option. Please keep in mind that if cellulite is your main concern, Dr. Lee can suggest other procedures that can help reduce the appearance of cellulite.
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During a thigh lift, general anesthesia is typically used. An incision is made near the top of the thigh in the natural crease where the thigh meets the torso. This incision usually extends down to the midway point of the thigh area. This allows enough room to use liposuction (if needed) to remove isolated pockets of fat as well as to trim away all loose skin at the top of the thigh area. The remaining skin will be pulled upward so it can be tightened and safely secured with sutures. In some cases, an incision may be necessary in the outer thigh area or underneath the buttocks, depending on the amount of tissue being removed. This surgery at Lee Plastic Surgery and Laser Center reshapes the entire thigh area, leaving a shapelier, tighter, more contoured appearance.
What to Expect
Thighplasty takes about 2 – 3 hours to complete. Once the surgery is over, you will be monitored and then sent home to recover. There may be swelling, discomfort, and bruising associated with the immediate recovery. Within a few days, most patients are up and slowly walking around, which is necessary for circulation and healthy healing. The overall recovery period typically takes about 6 – 8 weeks. At-home wound care provided by Dr. Lee will help the incision to heal properly. Even though there will be some scarring, the new shape and contour of your thighs will help you regain your self-confidence, and you can show off your legs with pride.
Plan Your Procedure
Get Tighter, Toned Thighs
If you have excess skin on your thighs that causes anxiety or embarrassment, we invite you to call Lee Plastic Surgery and Laser Center in Port St. Lucie, FL to learn more about thigh lift surgery. It is common for patients to combine this procedure with other body contouring procedures, especially ones that address the lower body such as abdominoplasty or a lower body lift, depending on your specific needs. Schedule your consultation with plastic surgeon Dr. Lee and get the tighter appearance you desire.