Diminished skin elasticity from the natural aging process and/or significant weight loss can create a range of cosmetic concerns in many different body areas. In the upper legs, both factors usually result in excess skin and stubborn fat around the inner and outer thighs that usually can’t be resolved with exercise and dieting efforts. These issues may mask the athletic contours of the legs, as well as cause skin irritation and impeded mobility from uncomfortable thigh friction. A thigh lift, medically known as a thighplasty, is designed to reduce the amount of excess skin around the circumference of the thighs for natural-looking definition and improved contour in the upper legs.
What Can a Thigh Lift Address?
Our plastic surgeon, Joe Gryskiewicz, MD, FACS, performs the procedure to sculpt and shape the thighs into a smoother aesthetic result for your silhouette. A thigh lift is principally used to resolve excess or hanging skin around the thighs, but the procedure can also be combined with liposuction techniques to remove localized fat and allow a firmer and more toned thigh appearance. Depending on your unique needs, a thigh lift can:
- Minimize loose skin around the inner and outer thighs
- Create an improved contour in the upper legs
- Allow individuals to wear more form-fitting clothing
- Reduce irritation and/or skin rashes caused by skin folds or friction between the thighs
Good candidates for the procedure are at or near their ideal weight and have realistic expectations for the outcome. “Dr. Joe” can examine your unique situation and help you determine whether a thigh lift can help you reach your cosmetic goals. Some individuals opt for an arm lift, as well as a thigh lift, to reduce skin laxity in their figure more comprehensively.
How is a Thigh Lift Performed?
While a thigh lift is usually tailored to accommodate each patient’s unique needs and desires, “Dr. Joe” generally performs the procedure in a way that can minimize visible scarring for natural-looking cosmetic enhancement. Depending on which approach would be most effective for you, he will utilize either an inner thigh or outer thigh incision. Excess skin is then carefully removed and the remainder is redraped to create a smoother and more defined thigh appearance. If liposuction is utilized during treatment, stubborn fatty deposits will also be extracted for a firmer aesthetic result. A thigh lift is generally performed as an outpatient procedure and individuals will usually be able to return home the same day with a friend or family member.
What is Recovery Like for a Thigh Lift?
Following a thigh lift, a compression garment or bandage is typically applied around each thigh to aid in the natural contraction and healing of your skin. Most patients report minimal discomfort after the procedure and oral pain medications should cover any pain or discomfort. A tincture of time will manage any bruising or swelling that may occur. Individuals can typically return to their normal routines within seven to ten days; however, intense physical activity and strenuous exercise should be avoided for four to six weeks. The cosmetic result from surgery should be immediately apparent and should improve as healing progresses. Patients can enjoy a slimmer and more defined upper leg appearance and maintain this outcome for an extended period of time with a healthy diet and normal exercise regimen.
Questions? To learn more about our surgical and non-surgical body contouring procedures, please contact our practice today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Joe Gryskiewicz.