If you have loose skin on your thighs after a significant weight loss or liposuction, a thigh lift (thighplasty) can help. A thigh lift can contour your thigh by removing fat add addressing signs of aging. By removing excess skin and tissue, Dr. Cho can reduce your thigh circumference and create the appearance of a more proportional thigh.
Thigh Lift Procedure Overview
Thighplasty, commonly known as a thigh lift, can improve the contour of your inner or outer thighs. By removing excess skin and tissue, Dr. Cho can reduce thigh circumference and create the appearance of a more proportional thigh. A thigh lift is typically performed for patients who have experienced significant weight loss or weight fluctuations. Common indications for thighplasty include: excess tissue in thighs, stable body weight, non-smoker (must quit several weeks prior to surgery), and motivated to improve body shape.
After your anesthesia takes effect, Dr. Cho will remove excess skin and fat before tightening and reshaping the remaining tissue. He will make the incisions that correspond to your specific thigh concerns, at the top of your leg, under your buttocks or along the length of your inner thigh. He will close the incisions using deep sutures to support the new position of your tissue, and he may place drains to prevent the accumulation of blood and fluid.
There are different types of thigh lifts that address different concerns. An inner thigh lift can help laxity that extends from the inner thigh to the knees. A mini thigh lift addresses sagging in the upper legs. An outer thigh lift is sometimes performed in conjunction with a lower body lift to remedy the area on the outside of the legs, and a posterior or spiral thigh lift tightens skin on the back of the thighs.
Some people have liposuction along with a thigh lift that removes excess skin from the thigh. An outer thigh lift is sometimes performed in conjunction with a lower body lift. The incision is made just below the butt and continues to the outside of the legs. A thigh lift can be combined with other body contouring procedures.
Beside scarring the most common risk after thigh lift surgery is infection at the incision site. There is also the risk of a seroma and having the wound open.
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