By reducing excess skin and fat on the thighs, a thigh lift will sculpt the upper legs, making them more attractive and proportionate to the rest of the body.
The Thigh Lift Procedure
A thigh lift, or thighplasty, can shape and tighten the inner and outer thighs by removing excess skin and stubborn fat.
Many individuals who struggle with these issues have recently achieved significant weight loss. Excess skin often become a problem with these patients because carrying excess weight on the body for an extended period of time can overstretch the skin. In many cases, even after fat loss is achieved, the skin does not snap back and instead, sags and hangs loose. This can cause its own complications.
With thigh lift surgery, Dr. Aghayan will use both liposuction and a tightening technique to trim and shape the thighs. Although incisions are necessary for this procedure, they will be placed in hard-to-notice locations so that visible scarring is minimal. What you’ll be left with are slimmed, toned thighs.
Benefits of a Thigh Lift
With a thigh lift, you can expect the following benefits.
In many cases, cellulite and skin dimpling will be greatly reduced or even eliminated after a thigh lift is performed.
Hanging, flabby skin on the thighs can cause significant discomfort when walking, exercising, or wearing tight clothes. In some cases when there are significant skin folds, it can be difficult to keep up with hygiene as well. A thigh lift takes care of these issues by eliminating the excess skin, leaving you with tighter, smoother thighs.
The vast majority of patients who undergo thigh lifts report feeling more confident and self-assured about their legs and overall profile. When a thigh lift is part of an overall body transformation after
Ideal Candidates for Thigh Lifts
Thigh lifts are most recommended for individuals who have lost a significant amount of weight — often 100 pounds or more. Of course, anyone can benefit from a thigh lift. Sometimes, the natural aging process or pregnancy may be the cause of loose hanging skin on the thighs. Anyone with this issue may be a good candidate for thighplasty.
Before undergoing surgery, it is important that candidates be at a relatively stable healthy weight. The closer you are to your goal weight, the better. It’s also important to have a healthy outlook concerning surgery and reasonable expectations about the recovery process and your results.
How to Prepare for Thigh Lift Surgery
If you think you could be a good candidate for thighplasty, start by scheduling a consultation appointment at Après Plastic Surgery. List all of the concerns and questions you wish to ask Dr. Aghayan at this appointment, and bring them with you, along with a list of your current medications.
Dr. Aghayan will perform a short physical exam and ask you about your goals for surgery. Your medical history will be discussed, and if you are indeed a good candidate, Dr. Aghayan can schedule your surgery and give you additional guidelines to follow as your procedure date approaches. These may involve additional lab tests or examinations.
Thigh Lift Procedure Details
General anesthesia is typically used for thigh lift surgery. Once the anesthesia has been administered, Dr. Aghayan will then place a surgical incision near the top of the leg in the natural fold where the thigh meets the torso.
This incision will then extend to the thigh’s midway section.
Any fat-reducing liposuction that is required will be performed at this time. Excess skin will be trimmed away from the top of the thigh, and the remaining skin will be pulled taught so that it can be tightened and secured with sutures.
In some patients, an additional incision may be necessary beneath the buttocks or on the outer thigh. Exactly where and how Dr. Aghayan performs his incisions will be based on the quantity of skin and fat being addressed.
Possible Thigh Lift Risks and Complications
Although the majority of patients have no complications with thigh lift surgery, it’s still critical to understand the potential risks and complications that come with any cosmetic procedure. When it comes to thighplasty, these include:
What Is Recovery From a Thigh Lift Like?
After your surgery, we will monitor you closely for a short period of time and then discharge you to go home. Be sure that a trusted relative or friend is available to drive you.
Some swelling, bruising, and discomfort is normal during this first period of recovery. Dr. Aghayan will give you advice and options regarding pain reduction. You’ll be able to get out of bed and carefully walk around after a few days. It is important that you do this in order to improve circulation and facilitate healthy healing.
Full recovery usually takes approximately six to eight weeks. During this time, it is crucial that you follow the incision care instructions provided to you by Dr. Aghayan. This will improve your healing and ensure that scarring remains minimal.
Consider the following procedures to complement your thigh lift.
When loose, hanging skin on the thighs is an issue for patients, chances are, the same issue is present on the abdomen. Just as a thigh lift can remove excess skin from the thigh area, a Portland tummy tuck can remove excess skin from the abdomen — tightening the abdominal muscles in the process.
Portland liposuction is already a part of the thighplasty procedure. If additional stubborn fat is an issue for you in surrounding areas, you may choose to extend this liposuction to these locations as well. The abdomen, buttocks, and upper arms are common target areas for liposuction.
Lower Body Lift
A Portland lower body lift is an all-in-one surgery that targets loose skin and small pockets of excess fat on the entire lower body, including the buttocks, thighs, and lower abdomen. If all of these spots are areas of concern for you, Dr. Aghayan may suggest you forego the single thigh lift and opt for an entire lower body lift instead
Thigh Lift (Thighplasty) FAQ
These are the most common questions we receive about thigh lifts.
Will a thigh lift remove cellulite or stretch marks?
In many cases, yes. Because thigh lift surgery is essentially tightening and smoothing the thighs overall, the same technique can actually smooth cellulite and dimpling as well. When stretch marks are present, these can also frequently be reduced or eliminated by removing the affected skin when it is unessential and smoothing any remaining creases.
If cellulite and stretch marks are areas of concern for you, be sure to let Dr. Aghayan know at your consultation appointment so that he can customize your treatment plan accordingly.
Can I combine a thigh lift with other surgeries?
Yes. Many patients choose to undergo a thigh lift as part of a complete body transformation after significant weight loss or pregnancy (mommy makeover).
Thigh lifts are often combined with procedures such as liposuction on other parts of the body, tummy tucks, breast lifts, breast augmentation, arm lifts, and more. For optimal results, be sure to discuss all of your areas of concern with Dr. Aghayan at your consultation appointment.
Do thigh lift scars go away?
Whenever incisions are necessary in a cosmetic procedure, scars are inevitable. Fortunately, Dr. Aghayan is highly skilled at placing his incisions in inconspicuous locations.
A thigh lift generally involves an incision made at the top of the leg in the natural fold where the thigh meets the torso. This incision will extend to the midway section of the thigh. In some cases, additional incisions may be required beneath the buttocks or on the outer thighs. With proper care after surgery, these scars will fade and soften so that they become barely noticeable.
How long does a thigh lift last?
Results from your thigh lift should last for many years. This will be especially true if you are able to achieve your ultimate goal weight prior to surgery.
In order to maintain your results for as long as possible, Dr. Aghayan also advises his patients to maintain a stable healthy weight after surgery. Regular exercise and a balanced diet will help. Keep in mind that pregnancy or significant weight changes after thigh surgery can affect your results.
Dr. Aghayan will give you additional guidelines to help make your results last at your consultation appointment.