For many men and women, particularly those who have lost a significant amount of weight, loose skin is a frustrating and embarrassing issue. Excess, hanging skin can make it difficult – or even impossible – to comfortably and confidently wear certain styles of clothing. Participating in physical activities can also be a challenge. The countless personal, emotional, and logistical problems caused by excess skin can understandably take a toll on a person’s mental and physical health. Fortunately, plastic surgery offers men and women suffering from these issues an effective and life-changing solution after weight loss surgery. Board-certified and award-wining plastic surgeon Dr. J. Timothy Katzen and the caring team at J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills are dedicated to helping patients regain their confidence and take back control of their lives through a variety of innovative and exciting body contouring procedures.
What is a medial thigh lift, and who needs one?
One of the most common areas that people struggle to tone and tighten using diet and exercise alone is the upper, inner thigh. Weight loss, pregnancy, and the aging process can result in a variety of changes to the thighs, including excess, wrinkly skin, and unsightly cellulite. A medial thigh lift is a fantastic option to effectively address these complaints and to help patients achieve smoother, firmer, and shapelier thighs.
During a medial thigh lift, Dr. Katzen will either make a crescent-shaped incision from the groin to the crease of the buttocks or from the groin to the inner knee. Then, Dr. Katzen will excise loose, excess skin from the thigh. In some cases, liposuction may be added to a medial thigh lift to eliminate stubborn pockets of fat. Dr. Katzen will then stretch the remaining skin tightly over the thigh and close the incision with sutures. Patients in Beverly Hills, CA typically need about 6 – 8 weeks to fully recover from the thigh lift/reduction surgery. Light work may be resumed earlier if the patient is cleared by Dr. Katzen.
Can I have a tummy tuck at the same time as a thigh lift?
It is not uncommon for patients to inquire about combining multiple plastic surgeon procedures, particularly when it comes to procedures after massive weight loss. Dr. Katzen is proud to offer combination procedures if they can be combined safely. Before any surgery is contemplated, multiple blood and urine tests, EKG, and chest x rays are performed. Before surgery, you will be thoroughly examined by an internist who will check your labs along with Dr. Katzen. If medically cleared, you can have multiple procedures. Some of the procedures that are frequently combined with a medial thigh lift include:
- Tummy tuck or body lift: a surgical procedure designed to remove excess skin from the abdomen and tighten the abdominal muscles
- Butt lift: a skin removal and tightening surgery targeting a patient’s rear end for a firmer, smoother appearance
- Liposuction: the surgical removal of stubborn pockets of fat that have become unresponsive to diet and exercise
In a number of cases, patients in Beverly Hills, CA will choose to combine a thigh lift with one or more of these procedures as part of a larger transformative surgery. For example, a thigh lift, butt lift, and tummy tuck often make up a lower body lift procedure, while a tummy tuck and breast augmentation in conjunction with a thigh lift is a common surgical choice for the mommy makeover. During your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Katzen, you will be able to discuss your various areas of concern and find out how collective procedures, such as Dr. Katzen’s trademark 360 circumferential body lift, may help you achieve the dramatic results you are seeking.
Will I have scars after a thigh lift?
As with any procedure requiring an incision, patients should expect some level of scarring after a thigh lift. However, Dr. Katzen takes great care to place his incisions so that the resulting scar can be concealed or disguised as much as possible. The vast majority of patients report that the drastic improvement in their appearance and confidence is well worth the scars they have following the thigh lift. Dr. Katzen can also recommend treatments and topical agents to help promote proper healing of your incisions and improve the appearance of your scars.
Am I a candidate for a medial thigh lift?
In general, most men and women can be considered for a thigh lift. Ideal candidates for the procedure should be in good health, be at a healthy stable weight, be nonsmokers, and have concerns about excess, loose, or wrinkled skin on upper inner thighs.
The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for a thigh lift or another body contouring procedure is to be evaluated by a highly experienced and reputable plastic surgeon. Call the office of J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills today to schedule your consultation with board-certified and award-winning plastic surgeon Dr. J. Timothy Katzen today, and take the final step in your weight loss or body contouring transformation!
Call today to schedule a free consultation. For your convenience, Dr. Katzen has offices in Beverly Hills, CA, Las Vegas, NV and Dubai. Physical or virtual consultations can be arranged. Options include Facetime, Zoom, Skype, or WhatsApp virtual consultations. Call Dr. Katzen today for your FREE consultation to achieve the smaller thighs of your dreams