ABOUT THIGH LIFT SURGERY
Weight loss is a huge triumph for any individual. However, in some cases, men and women who achieve their weight loss goals sometimes require one extra thing to complete their physical transformation. Based on the amount of time you were overweight and how much of that weight you lost, hanging skin can be an added concern if the skin wasn’t able to adapt to the smaller shape and size of the body. The thighs are particular areas of trouble for many people. Portland, OR board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Aric Aghayan offers thigh lift surgery (known as thighplasty) at Après Plastic Surgery, which trims away the excess skin from the inner or outer thighs to create a tighter, more contoured look. This surgery has increased in popularity since it can give natural-looking results for anyone battling loose skin on the thighs.
Thighplasty is a skin tightening and removal treatment that addresses hanging skin. Thigh lift surgery is considered a post weight loss treatment. Thigh lift surgery is often used on people who have lost 100 pounds or more. It’s also helpful among older patients who are battling loose skin caused by natural aging, as well as women whose weight has changed after pregnancy and childbirth. If you have loose, hanging, or wrinkly skin on your upper legs (whether it’s your outer and/or inner thighs), thigh lift surgery can be helpful.
For thigh lift surgery, general anesthesia is typically used. A surgical incision is placed near the top of the leg in the natural fold where the thigh meets the torso. The incision usually extends along to the midway section of the thigh. This permits enough space to perform surgical liposuction (if needed) to eliminate stubborn pockets of fat and to trim away the excess skin in the top of the thigh area. The skin will be stretched upward so it can be tightened and secured with sutures. In some patients, an additional incision may be made underneath the butt or in the outer thigh area, based on the quantity of skin and tissue being addressed. Thigh lift surgery at Après Plastic Surgery corrects the entire thigh area for a tighter, shapelier, more contoured look.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Thighplasty takes about 2 – 3 hours to perform. Once the procedure is done, you will be monitored and assessed before you are allowed to go home to recover. There is usually bruising, swelling, and discomfort during the first few days of recovery. In several days, you should be able to get up and slowly walk around, which is necessary for circulation and healthy healing. The overall recovery time usually lasts around 6 – 8 weeks. Wound care instructions given by Dr. Aghayan will help your surgical incision heal properly. Although you will have some scarring, the improved contour and shape of your legs will help you regain your self-confidence.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How much does thigh lift surgery cost?
Your cost for a thigh lift will be based on different fees, like facility fees, tests, anesthesia, and others. Once Dr. Aghayan has developed your unique thigh lift treatment plan during your consultation, they can then estimate your costs. Après Plastic Surgery will help you locate low-interest medical financing, which can help make your thigh lift surgery easy to afford so you are able to concentrate on getting the results you want from an experienced plastic surgeon, like Dr. Aghayan.
Will a thigh lift remove cellulite or stretch marks?
Thigh lift surgery is a great way to achieve nicely contoured and slimmer legs. Since a thigh lift includes tightening of the skin and removing stubborn fat, it also improves the visibility of cellulite and stretch marks on your upper legs. If you’re concerned about stretch marks or cellulite, let Dr. Aghayan know in your consultation so they can customize your treatment plan to fit all of your goals.
How long will my results last?
After your surgery, if you stay healthy with regular exercise and a balanced diet, you should maintain your thigh lift results for many years. Dr. Aghayan advise you be at or near a sustainable weight prior to thigh lift surgery so it’s easy to keep your results. Significant weight changes or pregnancy following your thigh lift can alter your appearance. In your consultation, Dr. Aghayan will talk about what will help your results last.
Can I combine a thigh lift with other surgeries?
Many patients combine a thigh lift with a butt lift or tummy tuck to create a custom lower body lift. Thighplasties are also a common part of after weight loss surgery or a mommy makeover. In your initial consultation, talk to Dr. Aghayan about your wants and goals so he can develop a comprehensive surgical plan that gives you the best results.
What about a nonsurgical thigh lift?
Although there are nonsurgical treatments for fat reduction and skin tightening, these are best for mild improvements. Thigh lift surgery is the best way to correct significant amounts of loose skin and stubborn fat on your thighs. If you’re considering nonsurgical options, ask Dr. Aghayan to give you more information in your initial consultation. They will tell you the pros and cons of both thigh lift surgery and nonsurgical options, plus their recommendation on which would be best for your needs.
GET TIGHTER, TONED THIGHS
When you notice sagging skin on your thighs that creates embarrassment or anxiety, we encourage you to contact Après Plastic Surgery in Portland, OR to find out more about thigh lift surgery. It’s typical for patients to combine a thigh lift surgery with one or more body contouring surgeries, particularly ones that address nearby areas, such as abdominoplasty or a lift for the lower body, based on your specific wants. Schedule your appointment with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Aghayan to get the tighter look you want.