A Thigh Lift involves removing excess skin and fatty tissue from the upper leg to reduce the floppy skin or pockets of fat from the hip to the knee. This drooping, saggy skin is typically not able to be corrected with exercise. While you may be able to tone the underlying muscles of the leg, the stubborn fat pockets and excess skin often remain. Many patients who choose this procedure have experienced a major weight loss, have noticed laxity in their skin has increased with aging, or have hereditary factors that have contributed to this issue.
If the sagging skin on your upper legs prevents you from wearing your favorite clothes or from feeling comfortable crossing your legs or even walking, you should consider a thigh lift to restore a smoother, more youthful looking contour to your upper legs. You may be a good candidate for a thigh lift if you are a relatively healthy adult at a stable weight who is looking to change the appearance and laxity of their upper legs. It is vital that you have realistic expectations and a positive outlook. Achieving a full thigh lift is impossible without a scar. Patients typically have an incision that runs from their groin to their knee along their inner thigh, but most patients feel the scar is well worth the benefits of surgery.
BENEFITS OF SURGERY
- Eliminates saggy, excess skin
- Removes pockets of unwanted fat
- Restores a tighter, smoother contour to the thigh
WHAT TO EXPECT
Once the decision is made to move forward with surgery, our team will schedule a pre-procedure visit and select your surgery date. A thigh lift will be performed under general anesthesia, meaning you will be asleep for the operation. Surgery typically takes about two hours to complete. You will have a scar along your inner thigh where the excess skin was removed, but patients most often find the benefits outweigh the scar. You will go home the same day as surgery to recover. We recommend you plan for extra help around the house for the days following your procedure as you adjust and recover. Recovery for each patient varies and depends on your lifestyle.
YOUR CONSULTATION FOR THIGH LIFT
If you are considering a thigh lift or wondering if it may be the right procedure for you, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Szymanski to review your goals and desired results. It is important that you understand and have realistic expectations for the procedure before moving forward. During your appointment, Dr. Szymanski may have you undress to more fully evaluate the area and talk through you concerns.
Deciding if a plastic surgery procedure is the right choice for you is your individual decision. We want you to feel comfortable and confident throughout the process. Before your first consultation with our office, we recommend you write down any questions you have and bring your list with you. It can also be beneficial to bring someone with you who is supportive and a good listener. If you find you have a lot of questions after your consultation, a second appointment to address your questions with Dr. Szymanski is always an option.