As a person ages, the appearance of the thighs can become less than ideal thanks to excess skin that can be the result of the aging process as well as a large weight loss or pregnancy. In order to rejuvenate the look of the thighs, many female patients are turning to a thigh lift to improve their appearance. In addition, they are looking to celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez and Bella Hadid for inspiration thanks to the appearance of their upper legs on the red carpet.
When it comes to a thigh lift, AKA thighplasty, the goal is remove excess skin and fat from the thighs so the patient will achieve an improved look to the upper legs. The type of incision that is performed during a thigh lift depends on the amount of skin, excess tissue and fat that is being addressed on body of the patient.
Thigh lift techniques include:
It should be noted that both of the above thigh lift techniques can be combined with liposuction in order to remove stubborn areas of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. During the procedure, the doctor can perform a thigh lift on one area of the thigh while the doctor also performs liposuction on the other area of the thigh.
An ideal candidate for a thigh lift is a person whose thighs have a dimpled appearance due to sagging skin or they have thighs that have a flabby appearance. Ideal thigh lift candidates also know that this procedure is not a surgical weight loss technique. Instead, it is ideal for people that are close to their ideal weight and want to improve the shape, contour and look of their thighs.
No matter which type of thigh lift procedure is performed, the patient will experience some bruising and swelling in the treated area after the (typically) two or three hour surgery. In addition, patients will need to wear compression garments to minimize the swelling and promote the healing process. Depending on the patient, some people might need to have drains placed in order to collect any excess fluids that exit from the area of the body with the incision. Any surgical sutures will likely be removed within two weeks.
In general, patients can return to work within seven to ten days after their surgery. After a recovery period of four to six weeks, patients can resume normal physical activities. Any scars are hidden with the natural creases of the body and they will fade over time.
The final results of a thigh lift are not seen immediately by the public thanks to the bruising and swelling that occurs after the surgery. There will be some visible changes but the final results will not be seen until after all of the bruising and swelling fades. In general, it can take about a year for the final results to be seen no matter what type of thigh lift is performed.
If patients follow the advice of their doctor, and if these patients also remain in overall good health, the results of a thigh lift can last anywhere from 20 years or longer.
Patients that are interested in undergoing a thigh lift should schedule a consultation appointment with a board-certified doctor experienced in providing the natural, long-lasting results desired by patients. The doctor will examine the patient and let the person know the type of thigh lift that will provide the best results. In addition, the doctor can set realistic expectations so the patient will not be disappointed or surprised by the final results. Once the doctor and the patient are on the same page regarding the procedure and the results, a thigh lift surgery can be scheduled.