Pregnancy, aging, and significant weight loss can leave you with excess skin on your thighs, leading to a flabby appearance or sagging skin that is a dimpled. A thighplasty is a cosmetic surgical procedure that removes this excess skin and improves the appearance of the thighs. Your thighs will be contoured to help them look slimmer and make them more in proportion with the rest of your body.
Thighplasty is not a weight loss tool. It is usually the right solution for a person who feels unhappy with the way their thighs look and is close to their ideal weight. Dr. Mark Prysi is a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in helping women attain and retain the body they desire.
The Benefits of a Thigh Lift
Excess skin will be removed from the thighs during this procedure, which will leave you with more shapely and firmer legs. Liposuction can also be used during the procedure to remove excess fat deposits. This ensures that the resulting contour is smooth.
Since the thigh muscles can lose definition over time, this can contribute to a saggy appearance. When a thigh lift is performed, the thigh muscles can be tightened or tied together. In addition to the tightening of skin and muscle, stretch marks can be minimized, leaving you with softer and more attractive looking skin.
The Thighplasty Procedure
A thigh lift is typically an outpatient procedure. An epidural or general anesthesia may be used. The incision pattern will vary based on the type of thigh lift a person will use. The three types of thigh lift procedures that are commonly used include an inner thigh lift, medial thigh lift, and bilateral thigh lift.
In most cases, an incision is made that goes from the groin area down toward the knee on the inner part of the leg. Excess skin is removed. If necessary, liposuction is used to remove unwanted fat deposits. The surgeon will reshape and tighten underlying tissue and may tighten or tie loose muscles.
Toward the end of the thigh lift surgery, the remaining skin will be lifted and smoothed. Sutures will be put in place to keep the incision closed. The surgery usually takes about two hours.
Recovering after a Thigh Lift
After going through a thigh lift, you should expect soreness, swelling, and bruising near the incision site. Compression garments are typically worn in order to minimize swelling and promote healing. Depending on the techniques used during your procedure, a drain may be put in place in order to reduce the risk of infection and allow excess fluid to be collected.
Anti-inflammatory and pain medications are usually used after the surgery to help you feel comfortable. The sutures will be removed about two weeks after the procedure.
Showering is usually possible 48 hours after the procedure. An individual should not take a bath, use a hot tub, or go swimming until their surgeon has permitted these activities. Most individuals can get back to work seven to ten days after the surgery. Other normal physical activities can usually be resumed four to six weeks after the surgery.
How to Reach Your Goals
Dr. Mark Prysi is an internationally renowned expert in cosmetic plastic surgeries. Learn more about how Dr. Prysi is helping Naples and South Florida residents achieve their goals by contacting his team at Prysi Cosmetic Surgery today by calling or filling out our online form.