About Thigh Lift Surgery
Losing weight is an impressive accomplishment for anyone. But people who make it to their ideal weight occasionally need one additional step to finalize their appearance. Depending on how long you had extra weight and how much weight you lost, excess skin may be a separate difficulty if the skin was not able to contraact to the new size and shape of your body. The thighs specifically are often an area of concern for patients. Newburyport, MA plastic surgeon Dr. Michele Sasmor offers thigh lift surgery (also called thighplasty) at RiverSong Plastic Surgery, which trims loose skin on the inner thighs to reveal a firmer, more contoured appearance. Thighplasty surgery has risen in popularity because it offers natural results for patients who don't want hanging skin on their thighs.
A thigh lift is a skin removal and skin tightening procedure that improves the appearance of excess skin. Thighplasty is typically an after weight loss procedure, however, some patients who have not lost weight are candidates for this procedure. It is also popular for older people who are concerned about excess skin due to age, as well as with women whose body shape changed due to pregnancy. If you have wrinkly, hanging, or loose skin on the upper thighs (either the inner or outer thighs or both), thigh lift surgery may be a big help. Please remember that if cellulite is your main problem, Dr. Sasmor can suggest other procedures that are designed to help decrease the appearance of cellulite.
During a thigh lift, general anesthesia is commonly administered. An incision is made close to the top portion of the thigh in the natural crease where the thigh attaches to the torso. This incision typically continues down to the mid-point or knee of the thigh area. This allows enough room to use liposuction (if necessary) to remove isolated pockets of fat, as well as to trim all loose skin at the top thigh area. The remaining skin will be pulled upward so it is tight and safely secured with sutures. In specific cases, an incision may be necessary in the buttock crease, depending on the amount of tissue being removed. This surgery at RiverSong Plastic Surgery reshapes the complete thigh area, leaving a shapelier, tighter, more contoured appearance.
What to Expect
Thigh lift surgery takes an average of 2 – 3 hours to complete. After the surgery is over, you will be monitored and then sent home to begin your recovery. You will be placed in a compression garment at the end of the surgery. There is typically swelling, discomfort, and bruising during the first days of recovery. Within a few days, most patients are up and slowly walking, which is recommended for improved blood circulation and expedited healing. The full recovery period typically takes about4-6 weeks. At-home wound care instructions provided by Dr. Sasmor will help the incision to heal well. Even though there will be some scarring, the new shape and contour of your thighs can help you raise your self-esteem, and you can show off your legs with pride.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does thigh lift surgery cost?
The total cost of thigh lift surgery will be based on many fees, including those for the surgical facility, anesthesia, tests, and more. As soon as Dr. Sasmor has created your custom thigh lift surgical plan in your consultation, she will be better able to estimate your costs. RiverSong Plastic Surgery can help you find low-interest financing that will make your thighplasty more affordable so you can focus on working with a skilled plastic surgeon, like Dr. Sasmor.
Will a thigh lift remove cellulite or stretch marks?
A thigh lift is the best choice to slim the contour and improve the appearance of your legs. Since the procedure calls for skin tightening and correcting excessive fat, it can improve the appearance of cellulite or other skin irregularities (like stretch marks) on your thighs. If you are interested in addressing cellulite or stretch marks, let Dr. Sasmor know during your consultation so she can adjust your surgical plan to match your goals.
How long will my results last?
If you follow a healthy lifestyle that includes a proper diet and regular exercise, you should enjoy the results of your thigh lift for a long time. Dr. Sasmor recommends you be at or near a healthy weight before surgery so it is easy to maintain your results. Pregnancy or significant weight changes after a thighplasty can compromise your results. During your consultation, Dr. Sasmor will discuss what you can do to make your surgical results last longer.
Can I combine a thigh lift with other surgeries?
You may consider combining a thigh lift with a tummy tuck or butt lift in a lower body lift. A thigh lift is also a common part of a mommy makeover or after weight loss surgery. During your consultation, talk to Dr. Sasmor about all your concerns and goals so she can create a treatment plan that will help you achieve the results you desire.
What about a nonsurgical thigh lift?
While there are nonsurgical options to tone your skin and reduce fat, they can help with small improvements. A thighplasty is the best way to address moderate to severe amount of excess skin and stubborn pockets of fat on your legs. If you are interested in nonsurgical procedures, ask Dr. Sasmor for more information during your consultation. She will discuss the benefits and drawbacks of surgical and nonsurgical thigh treatment options, as well as her opinion on which would be the best options for your goals.
Get Tighter, Toned Thighs
If you have excess skin on your inner or outer thighs that causes anxiety or embarrassment, we invite you to call RiverSong Plastic Surgery in Newburyport, MA to learn more about thighplasty. It is common for patients to combine this procedure with other contouring procedures, especially surgeries that correct the lower body, including stomach surgery or a lower body lift, depending on your individual needs. Schedule your consultation with plastic surgeon Dr. Sasmor and get the slimmer appearance you desire.