A Thigh Lift Can Reshape Your Upper Legs
A thigh lift from esteemed Oklahoma City, OK, plastic surgeon James B. Lowe can rejuvenate your upper legs, giving them a trimmer, more youthful appearance. This body contouring procedure removes excess skin and pockets of fat from the thighs, which can be the result of significant weight loss or the natural aging process. Dr. Lowe can customize your thigh lift with different techniques to give you the best results, and he always uses careful treatment planning and the most advanced, proven methods for your cosmetic surgery.
Patients undergo thigh lift surgery because it can have tremendous benefits for their appearance and quality of life.
Candidates for Thigh Lift
When skin stretches beyond a certain limit, it loses its elasticity. Many patients choose a thigh lift after they have lost a significant amount of weight and find that their skin does not conform to their new, smaller body size. Your body also produces less collagen as you grow older, which can cause your thigh tissue to sag and make your legs appear heavier than they are. If you are bothered by excess, hanging skin on your thighs and pockets of fat that do not respond to diet or exercise, you may be a candidate for a thigh lift. To qualify for treatment, you should be at a healthy weight. You should not undergo this type of body contouring surgery if you are aiming for further weight loss. In addition, you should be in overall good health, and not be actively smoking . An autoimmune disease, blood disorder, or skin condition may affect your candidacy for treatment. Dr. Lowe will provide a comprehensive consultation to determine whether a thigh lift is right for you.
The Thigh Lift Procedure
Thigh lift is typically performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia. Dr. Lowe will use one of several techniques, depending on your body type and your individual treatment goals. Options include:
- Inner thigh lift: Dr. Lowe will create incisions on the inside of your thighs along the pubic area.
- Outer thigh lift: The incisions will go on the outside of your legs, creating a “V” shape along your bikini line.
- Medial thigh lift: A medial thigh lift is similar to an inner thigh lift. However, the incisions will extend further back towards your buttocks.
- Mini thigh lift: If you wish require a smaller amount of excess skin removal, Dr. Lowe may create shorter incisions on the insides of your thighs.
Dr. Lowe will place the incisions carefully to minimize visible scarring. Then he will remove the excess, unwanted skin. Dr. Lowe may also perform liposuction as an adjunct to your thigh lift to achieve the best results. In the last step, Dr. Lowe will close the incisions and apply sterile dressings and compression bandages. You may also have drains placed to aid healing.
Following surgery, you may experience some swelling, bruising, numbness, and discomfort. Dr. Lowe can prescribe oral pain medication to relieve any discomfort, and he will give you patient information that includes specific instructions on how to reduce and manage possible side effects.
Risks and Benefits of Thigh Lift Surgery
Like all surgeries, a thigh lift carries certain risks. These can include bleeding, infection, blot clots, numbness, and skin irregularities. When performed by an experienced plastic surgeon, a thigh lift has a low risk of these serious complications.
Patients undergo thigh lift surgery because it can have tremendous benefits for their appearance and quality of life. After treatment, your legs will be slimmer, firmer, and more youthful-looking. Clothing will be easier to find and will fit better, which is likely to help you feel more confident about your body. You may even find that you are willing to engage in new social or physical activities. Removal of excess skin can also improve function and comfort, especially if you thighs rubbed together.
Contact Us for More Information
Our practiced is comprised of a team of caring professionals who are dedicated to helping you look and feel your best. To find out how a thigh lift can benefit you, contact Lowe Plastic Surgery today.