What is a Thigh Lift?
A thigh lift procedure is designed for reshaping the thighs and focuses on reducing excess fat and skin. The result is an improvement in lower body and thigh contours/proportions and smoother looking skin.
Who Needs a Thigh Lift?
There are numerous people who struggle to keep their lower body in shape. This could be due to heredity, natural aging and/or various other factors. Sometimes, the stubborn fat in the thighs fails to respond to any form of diet or/and exercise, even after significant weight has been lost in various other parts of the body.
The excess skin, cellulite, and fat cells accumulated in the thigh area could make you appear older, heavier, and less toned than you actually are. This can be quite frustrating and make you feel less confident about your appearance. If your diet and fitness efforts have been unsuccessful in firming up your lower body, specifically the thighs, then you might like to consider a thigh lift procedure to achieve the desired results. A thigh lift will guarantee a more proportionate and youthful-looking physique and allow you to flaunt your body in swimsuits and other clothing without feeling self-conscious.
Dr. Feldmar can suggest different techniques for thigh lift and customize the procedure according to the specific needs of a patient after a detailed discussion during the initial consultation. He can work to formulate an individualized surgical plan so that you can flaunt toned and aesthetically appealing legs.
Here are some of the common reasons why people consider a thigh lift surgery:
- To improve the contours or proportions of their thighs and give them a more youthful and firmer appearance
- To overcome the problem of flabby and loose skin on the thighs
- When significant weight loss or bariatric surgery has left behind loose, drooping skin in the thigh area
- When you are unable to find or fit into clothes due to heavy thighs
Types of Thigh Lifts
An initial consultation with Dr. Feldmar will include a detailed physical examination and evaluation of medical history. This will help in determining which type of thigh lift would be suitable for the specific patient. There are basically three options- a medial thigh lift, a lateral thigh lift or a combination of the two.
In a medial thigh lift, the surgeon will make incisions in your groin area. If you need a substantial amount of excess skin removal, then a longitudinal slit might be considered along with your inner thigh. In this type of thigh lift, the surgeon will remove a portion of your inner thigh skin.
In the case of lateral thigh lifts, incisions might start from your groin and go all the way around your hip. An experienced surgeon will always try and make incisions in the area where clothing can hide scars. However, incisions in a lateral thigh lift are more extensive as compared to the medial lift.
A combination of different thigh lift techniques might be necessary in some cases. The specific thigh lift technique or combination of techniques will depend on various factors such as the amount of skin and fat that needs to be eliminated, the overall skin quality, and the targeted areas.
What to Expect
It is important to know what you can expect from a thigh lift before undergoing the procedure. Dr. Feldmar explains that a thigh lift is not primarily aimed at excess fat removal. The liposuction procedure, performed in isolation, could achieve that purpose. It is when a patient does not have a good skin elasticity that a thigh lift is recommended alongside a liposuction procedure.
For the laser-assisted liposuction procedure, the cosmetic surgeon will use a highly-concentrated beam of laser light that helps in breaking down the fatty tissue. The procedure ensures minimal bruising, bleeding and/or inflammation.
A patient will likely see some changes in the thigh area almost immediately after the surgery. But it could be a couple of months before the final outcome is completely visible. Patients usually report a significant improvement in the feel and appearance of skin quality after a thigh lift surgery.
It is natural for some of the visible scars to remain, but they are mostly hidden by clothes, especially in the case of medial thigh lift. The final changes in appearance are mostly long lasting, though you need to maintain a general level of fitness and steady weight. You must also acknowledge some loss of skin firmness due to natural aging.