If you have loose, saggy skin or excess fat in your thighs which does not respond to diet and exercise, a thigh lift can reshape your legs, giving them a smoother, more toned appearance. A thigh lift can do wonders for your self-esteem and make you more comfortable in your clothing.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Jay H. Lucas, M.D. has extensive experience performing thigh lifts and can advise you on the best approach to adding definition to your inner and/or outer thighs. Based upon the degree of excess skin and fat you have, Dr. Lucas will develop a surgical plan togive you the legs you’ve always wanted.
Dr. Lucas’ recommendation will depend upon your goals and your anatomy. If you have just a small amount of excess fat on your thighs, but your skin is smooth and tight, liposuction alone may be enough to produce the results you desire. VASER® assisted liposuction is often a good option.
If, however, the skin on your upper legs is loose and saggy, then Dr. Lucas may recommend thigh lift surgery to tighten and smooth your thighs. This can be done in one of two ways, depending on the degree of correction necessary. For a small amount of excess skin, an incision can be made in the crease of your groin and the skin pulled up and tightened. For a larger volume of excess skin, a longer incision is made down the length of your thigh – from the groin toward the knee – and excess skin is removed. In either case, Dr. Lucas will contour the tissue to give your thighs a toned, more youthful appearance.
When discussing thigh lift surgery with Dr. Lucas, consider the tradeoff between contour and scarring. The more skin that is removed, the more extensive the scarring. Dr. Lucas will advise you during your consultation of the best option for your anatomy.
You can expect to be up and walking around immediately following your surgery, and back to your normal activities within about 4 weeks. We will provide you with compression tights to wear for a couple weeks to keep you comfortable and ensure the best aesthetic results.
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Lucas to learn how a thigh lift may help improve your appearance and boost your confidence please call The Lucas Center for Plastic Surgery at (865) 218-6210.