Remove excess fat & skin from the thighs
The thighs are one of the primary “problem areas” of the body for many women; even for people who have achieved significant weight loss and many fitness goals, the effects of aging and fluctuations over time can mean that the thighs continue to have loose skin or a flabby appearance. Particularly for people who have had a substantial weight loss, loose, excess skin on the thigh area can be significant, leading to a lack of body confidence when wearing short skirts, swimsuits, leggings or other body-conscious clothing.
A thigh lift is a plastic surgery procedure that can help address these concerns by removing excess fat and skin from the outer and inner thighs.
The experienced plastic surgeons at Cold Spring Plastic Surgery have a long record of successful procedures, especially for people who have achieved major weight loss goals yet struggle with loose skin or stubborn fat in the thigh area. The procedure can also be carried out in conjunction with liposuction to fully help patients achieve the thigh contour and tone that they desire.
Am I A Good Candidate For a Thigh Lift?
A thigh lift can be an excellent choice for people who want their thighs to appear more proportional in size, with a slender, toned contour.
In particular, this procedure is well-suited for people who have achieved significant weight loss or had bariatric surgery but continue to have the appearance of flabby or loose skin on the thighs. Especially after weight loss, this loose skin or stubborn fat can present an obstacle to wearing clothing that fits elsewhere on the body.
This procedure can also be a good choice for people who have seen a sagging or loose look develop on their thighs as part of the effects of aging.
It can help significantly to restore self-confidence and help people who have achieved major weight loss success to feel comfortable and proud in their new body.
When you come in for a thigh lift consultation with the Long Island plastic surgeons at Cold Spring Plastic Surgery, your surgeon will discuss your goals for the procedure and how a thigh lift can help you achieve your aesthetic vision. Your surgeon will ask you about your medical history and use your own pictures as well as before-and-after photos to help you envision the realistic, beautiful outcomes for this procedure.
A thigh lift can be a great option after people have completed their weight loss goals. Because further weight fluctuations can change the results of the surgery, this procedure is best for people who have already achieved their desired weight loss and plan to maintain their current weight.
How Is a Thigh Lift Performed?
There are two different type of thigh lift procedures, a medial thigh lift and a lateral thigh lift. Your Suffolk County plastic surgeon at Cold Spring Plastic Surgery will advise you of the best options to produce the individualized results that you desire. A combined lower body lift could also be an excellent option to achieve your goals.
For a medial, or inner, thigh lift, your surgeon will make an incision near the groin. Excess fat and loose skin will be removed through the inner area of the thigh. This procedure can also include liposuction, depending on your individual goals for the appearance of your thigh. Your surgeon will then recontour the area of your thigh stretching from the groin to the knee.
A lateral, or outer, thigh lift can be a more complicated procedure. Incisions will usually be made around the hip and potentially in the fold of the buttocks. In most cases, more tissue is removed when a lateral thigh lift is performed and the buttocks can be recontoured as well as the outer thighs.
What Is Recovery Like After a Thigh Lift?
The new, slender contour of your thigh will be apparent right away after the procedure is completed. However, you will have swelling, soreness and bruising for the first days after the surgery. Your surgeon will provide you with detailed care instructions to help protect the results of your surgery with an individualized recovery plan.
For the first 10 to 14 days after your surgery, you should stick to light activity and be careful when walking, sitting and bending, as these common movements can put stress on your sutures and incisions. You can return to work, but heavy labor or physical activity should be avoided. In the first month after the procedure, you can wear a compression garment to enhance the contouring results. Driving and walking for exercise can resume after two to three weeks, and you can also expect swelling to lessen around this time. Heavy lifting and running should be delayed until six to eight weeks after the procedure is completed. You can expect truly long-lasting results from a thigh lift, especially if you maintain your weight through healthful eating and exercise.
Come In for a Thigh Lift Consultation
After your weight loss success, the Huntington plastic surgeons at Cold Spring Plastic Surgery can help you achieve all of your goals for your appearance Call our office or use our convenient online form to make an appointment at our Suffolk County location to set up a consultation about a thigh lift. We work with patients from across the United States and around the world, and we look forward to speaking with you about how our plastic surgeons can help you achieve your aesthetic goals.