A thigh lift, or thighplasty, is designed to improve the appearance of the thighs by reducing excess skin and, in some cases, excess fat.
This surgical procedure offers smoother, better-toned thighs with more proportionate contours in relation to the lower body.
Laxity on the thighs can create folds of skin that look unattractive. Most people turn to thigh lift surgery to improve the sagging skin on their inner or outer thighs. A thigh lift removes excess skin and fat to reveal tighter, smoother contours.
After massive weight loss, stubborn fat is likely to remain. The appearance of cellulite will likely become more prominent, and skin dimpling will worsen. Thigh lift surgery removes excess folds of skin and fat to reveal more slender and toned thighs.
When there is loose, flabby skin on the thighs, it can make it uncomfortable to wear jeans or partake in daily activities. After thigh lift surgery, you will likely feel comfortable enough to wear different styles of clothing that fit your new thigh contours.
It is usual for patients to experience swelling and bruising immediately following the surgery. A compression garment or elastic bandage may be worn for several weeks following surgery to reduce swelling and support newly formed tissues. Small, thin tubes will be placed underneath the skin to drain any excess fluid and blood that accumulates.
Patients should engage in light walking and stretching to improve blood circulation. It is common to have minor swelling and soreness near the incision sites. Only light activities are recommended for the first week to ensure the recovery process is not disrupted. The drains are usually removed after one week.
Dr. Chiu will provide specific instructions regarding how to care for your incisions and help reduce the risk of infection, as well as when you can return to work and your normal activity level. Non-impact activities are typically started at two weeks.
Most patients feel ready to return to their normal activities. The general swelling should be gone with small pockets of edema remaining. These will improve faster with massages. Discomfort should subside, and your new thigh contours will start to finalize.
Dr. Chiu is an exceptional surgeon with an exhaustive amount of experience in a range of body contouring procedures. With his thorough understanding of plastic surgery aesthetics, he makes sure to take a unique approach to each surgery depending on the needs of the patient. Regarded in the industry among colleagues, patients, peers, and international media as one of the best plastic surgeons in the world, Dr. Chiu can provide you with the results you are looking for.
You may be the ideal candidate for thigh lift surgery if you:
It is common for patients to combine their thigh lift with additional body contouring procedures like tummy tuck surgery (to tone and sculpt the midsection) or the Brazilian Butt Lift (to improve the size and shape of the buttocks).
In cases where there is reduced skin elasticity and a substantial amount of excess fatty deposits, Dr. Chiu may recommend a combination of liposuction, which eliminates stubborn fat from areas that are difficult to target with diet and exercise.
Your scars after thigh lift surgery will depend on the technique used and your physical anatomy. Some patients are more prone to scarring than others. All scarring will fade with time.
Scarring will develop along the incision lines after thigh lift surgery. The scars for a medial thigh lift often run along the groin area and inner thigh while scars for an outer thigh lift run around the hips.
Results will be apparent almost immediately following your surgery and will continue to improve as bruising and swelling resolve. Full results can take several months to develop.
As long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle and remain at a stable weight, the results of your thigh lift will be long lasting. Significant weight fluctuations will affect the quality of your results.
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