A thigh lift, also called a thighplasty, involves removing excess skin and fat to give the patient a more contoured appearance on the upper leg. A lot of individuals that seek this type of procedure have lost a lot of weight, and the skin quality is such that it has become loose or saggy. In these situations, the skin fails to retract and tighten as it would normally, and the individual is left with excess skin that does not match the proportions of the leg after weight loss. Ultimately, the loose skin “hides” the normal contours of the leg, and the patient is left with the appearance of saggy skin around the thigh area. Most of our patients have tried very hard to lose excess weight and become healthier, which has a host of medical benefits. However, they have realized that the need for a thigh lift has moved beyond their ability to deal with or treat the excess skin with diet or exercise.
Some people might confuse a thigh lift with liposuction, but the real difference is that a thigh lift is concerned with improving the overall aesthetics of the thigh, which includes everything like the fat, skin, and the thigh’s shape. Because our board-certified plastic surgeons at Panacea Plastic Surgery tailor each surgery to the patient’s individual need, they might suggest a combination of liposuction and thighplasty to help you reach your personal goals.
Am I a candidate for a Thigh Lift?
You could possibly be a good candidate for a thigh lift if you meet some criteria. First, we would like to make sure you are close to your ideal weight and that your weight has been relatively stable for a little while. A thigh lift will not be a good option if you plan on losing more weight. Secondly, you good be a candidate if you are a healthy individual that doesn’t have any medical conditions or activities that could impair the healing process. Smoking is a prime example of such activities. Lastly, you might be the right candidate if you plan on maintaining your healthy lifestyle after the surgery. A thigh lift will help contour the leg and bring it into proportion with your current body weight. However, future weight gain and severe weight fluctuations could cause more skin laxity or sagginess in the future.
As always, the best way to find out if you are a good candidate for a thigh lift is to schedule your consultation with either Dr. Singh or Dr. Abboushi.
Consultation – The first step of a Thigh Lift procedure
Both of our board-certified plastic surgeons have years of experience in body contouring surgeries like thigh lifts. When you decide to schedule your consultation, you will get an opportunity to discuss your goals with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons. Either Dr. Sing or Dr. Abboushi, will sit and explain whether a thigh lift procedure will yield desirable results or not. During this consultation, our surgeons will also assess your skin quality, noting everything from the degree of skin laxity to thigh contour. This will help our surgeons to determine whether you are a suitable candidate for this cosmetic surgery. The best thing about this one-to-one consultation with an expert plastic surgeon is that you will have ample time to discuss all the questions and concerns you have regarding this procedure.
What to expect during a Thigh Lift surgery?
Thighplasty is an outpatient procedure; however, general anesthesia is administered for the comfort and safety of patients. Incisions are made on specific points where your doctor wants to remove the skin and fat. Our board-certified plastic surgeons are trained at placing incisions in less apparent places during the surgery as to not make the scar noticeable afterward.
The size of each incision depends on the amount of skin and fat, which needs to be cut off from the thigh. Once the surgeon has removed the excess skin, the surgeon tightens the skin and coves the underlying muscles to improve the contour. Overall enhancement of the thigh is the ultimate aim of a thigh lift surgery, and your surgeon can make multiple incisions to get the desired results.
Recovering From Thigh Lift Procedure
A thigh lift is typically performed under general anesthesia in an outpatient setting. An overnight stay may be required if the thigh lift is combined with other procedures (i.e., Tummy Tuck). Our team will provide you with a compression garment post-operatively to help reduce the swelling. Exercise and strenuous activity should be avoided for 4-6 weeks or until our surgeons release you for full activity. Recovery depends on the extent of your procedure. Your doctor will discuss pain management with you during your consultation.
Thigh lift conclusion
To learn more about getting a Thigh Lift or to schedule your consultation with Board-Certified Plastic Surgeons Dr. Abboushi & Dr. Singh, please fill out the form on this page or call Panacea Plastic Surgery at 770-929-0634. We look forward to working with you! Panacea Plastic Surgery serves patients in the Atlanta & Conyers, GA areas.