Life takes its toll…on every part of the human body. The thighs are a good example. Maybe you’ve gained and then lost a good deal of weight. Or maybe your skin is genetically prone to losing its elasticity and is now hanging on your thighs.
Not exactly what you want to present to the world the next time you go to the beach! And to add insult to inelasticity, fatty deposits on the inner and outer thighs are especially resistant to changes in diet and exercise. If you’ve lost the weight, it can be discouraging that your thighs are now loose and hanging, not taut, as you had hoped.
Sounds like a thigh lift from the doctors at Elite Plastic Surgery is in order.
What is a thigh lift?
Thigh lift surgery reshapes the thighs by reducing excess skin and removing excess fat. The goal of the surgery is to make the thighs smoother, better proportioned in comparison to the rest of the lower body, and more contoured.
Know that a thigh lift is not intended strictly to remove fat pockets, however. Liposuction can do that job, especially if your skin still has good elasticity. A thigh lift is first and foremost about removing excess sagging skin.
As with most surgeries, there is no exact procedure for every patient. Incision patterns are based on the areas to be treated, the degree of change needed, and the preferred techniques of the surgeon.
The most common technique for a thigh lift places the incisions in the groin, extending downward and wrapping around the back of the thigh. The underlying tissue is then reshaped and tightened, excess skin is trimmed, and then the skin is re-draped over the thigh.
Incisions may also extend from the groin around the top of the hip or other locations. The goal is to be able to hide the incision scars under clothing or swimsuits, but incisions with thigh lifts can be extensive.
After the procedure
After your procedure, you will be required to wear compression garments over your thighs to minimize swelling and help the body adapt to its new contours.
Want to get rid of those saggy thighs for good? You probably won’t be able to do much with diet and exercise. But a thigh lift from the experienced team at Elite Plastic Surgery will do the trick. Call us at (616) 459-1907 to schedule a consultation.