Weight loss is a huge triumph for any individual. 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, extra skin can be an added problem if the skin was not able to adapt to the smaller shape and size of the body. The thighs are particularly trouble areas for many people. New Jersey plastic surgeon Dr. Smita Ramanadham offers surgical thigh lifts (known as thighplasty), which trims away excess skin on the inner and 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 sagging 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 is also helpful among older men and women who are battling loose skin caused by natural aging, as well as women whose weight has changed from pregnancy and childbirth. If you have excess or wrinkly skin on your upper thighs (whether it is the outer or inner thighs or both), this surgery can be a good option. Please keep in mind that if cellulite is the bigger concern, Dr. Ramanadham can recommend different treatments that can help reduce the appearance of cellulite.
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 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 complete, you will be monitored and assessed before you are allowed to go home to recover. There is usually bruising, discomfort, and swelling during the first few days of recovery. In several days, many patients are 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. Ramanadham will help your surgical incision to heal properly. Although patients will have some scarring, the improved contour and shape of your legs will help you regain your self-confidence, and you can reveal your thighs with pride.
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. Ramanadham has developed your unique thigh lift treatment plan during your consultation, she can then estimate your costs. Our practice will help you locate low-interest medical financing, which can help make your thigh lift surgery as affordable as possible so you are able to concentrate on getting the results you want from an experienced plastic surgeon, like Dr. Ramanadham.
- 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 the skin and removing stubborn fat pockets, it also improves the visibility of cellulite and stretch marks on your upper legs. If you are concerned about stretch marks or cellulite, let Dr. Ramanadham know in your consultation so she can personalize 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. Ramanadham advises you be at or near a stable weight prior to thigh lift surgery so it is easier to maintain your results. Significant weight changes or pregnancy following your thigh lift can change your appearance. In your consultation, Dr. Ramanadham will explain what will make 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. Ramanadham about your wants and goals so she can develop a comprehensive surgical plan that gives you the best results.
- What about a nonsurgical thigh lift?
Although there are nonsurgical treatments for skin tightening and fat reduction, 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 are considering nonsurgical options, ask Dr. Ramanadham to give you more information in your initial consultation. She will tell you the pros and cons of both thigh lift surgery and nonsurgical options, plus her recommendation on which would be best for your needs.
GET TIGHTER, TONED THIGHS
When you notice hanging skin on your thighs that creates embarrassment or anxiety, we encourage you to contact our practice in New Jersey to find out more about thigh lift surgery. It is typical for patients to combine a thigh lift surgery with one or more body contouring surgeries, particularly ones that address nearby areas, such as an abdominoplasty or a lift for the lower body, based on your specific goals. Schedule your appointment with plastic surgeon Dr. Ramanadham to get the tighter look you want.