It’s common to have loose or sagging skin on the inner and outer thighs after significant weight loss. Many people have mixed feelings about achieving their weight loss goals because there are no exercises or treatments that can effectively eliminate this loose skin. Thigh lift surgery smoothes and tightens the appearance of your legs to help you look as great as you feel.
Contact us online today to learn more about the options for a thigh lift. The Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery of Central Texas helps men and women from Austin, Round Rock and throughout Texas. Count on our team to help you look rejuvenated through cosmetic surgery.
Benefits of a Thigh Lift
Loose, hanging skin on the thighs can make men and women feel self-conscious about their appearance. It can also be uncomfortable, as the hanging skin can chafe, develop rashes and cause problems while walking or running. Although muscle tone can be tightened with targeted exercises, surgery is the only solution to remove excess skin.
Surgical removal of excess skin and tissue with a thigh lift can slim the lines of the inner and outer thighs. After healing, men and women find that physical activities can once again be enjoyed without discomfort. Most of our patients also notice a boost in their self-esteem after surgery.
It’s important to understand that a thigh lift is not a weight loss procedure. Although some fatty tissue may be removed during surgery, the focus is on removing loose skin rather than fat deposits. The best candidates for a thigh lift will be in good health. They should have already reached their target weight, and have maintained it steadily for several months.
Thigh Lift Procedure
The thigh lift reshapes and contours the thigh area by removing the excess skin on the inner thigh, outer thigh or both. Many surgeons prefer to perform the procedures separately, while others feel that combining inner and outer thigh lifts is appropriate for some patients.
- Outer Thigh Lift: This procedure begins with an incision along the waistline, similar to the primary incision used with a tummy tuck. Your surgeon then removes the skin from the top portion of the outer thigh. The remaining skin is smoothed and tightened along the leg.
- Inner Thigh Lift: The primary incision for an inner thigh lift is made along the groin, following the curve where the inner thigh meets the pubic area. Your surgeon removes a crescent-shaped patch of surface area, and the rest of the skin is pulled smooth and re-draped.
It’s common to include additional procedures as part of a thigh lift. Liposuction is frequently incorporated to remove fatty deposits for fine-tuning. A thigh lift itself can be performed as part of a body lift that reshapes and slims the entire lower body.
Recovery and Results
Most of our thigh lift patients experience some initial discomfort. Your surgeon may recommend that you wear compression garments to offer more support during healing and to minimize swelling. You should notice a change in your thighs immediately. As healing continues, your final results will become more visible. Most patients are able to return to work about two weeks after surgery.
A thigh lift from the Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery of Central Texas can help you feel more comfortable and satisfied with how you look. After surgery, you can expect your thighs to look slimmer and smoother, helping you feel better about your body.