If you had to wear shorts or a swimsuit right now, would you say that you would feel confident? Sadly, a lot of people would answer that question with a "no". This is especially the case if a person has a lot of sagging skin on their thighs due to massive weight loss. Loose, excess skin can understandably make a person very reluctant to show off their legs. If you are so self-conscious of your thighs that it is interfering with your quality of life, you could benefit from a thigh lift.
Who Is a Good Candidate for a Thigh Lift? When someone is very overweight, the best thing they can do is develop and stick to a healthy diet and exercise routine to reach a healthy weight. An active, health-conscious lifestyle will almost always lead to weight loss. A person may not have any control over where they lose the weight, but some fat will usually come off the thighs. While this is generally seen as a good thing, those who have lost very large amounts of weight can be left with sagging skin that doesn’t snap back. This is usually when a person will explore their skin tightening options. If you have a lot of loose, sagging skin on your thighs, a thigh lift procedure may be the right course of action for you. This procedure can help you feel confident when others see your legs. You will feel a lot better about the way you look when you wear shorts, swimsuits or short skirts. You will no longer have to worry about excess skin on your thighs. Instead, you will feel proud that they are toned and firm, finally reflecting the hard work it took to get to your goal weight.
The Different Types of Thigh Lifts Dr. Katzen can perform a thigh lift in four different forms: a crescent lift, long incision, knee reduction and calf reduction. A crescent lift is ideal for patients who are only experiencing small amounts of sagging thigh skin. The crescent thigh lift procedure involves removing excess fat and skin to give the thighs a better shape. The long incision technique, which gets rid of excess fat, tightens muscles and removes sagging skin, is typically best for patients who are dealing with both loose skin and stubborn fat. Typically, a knee reduction is performed on patients who are struggling with unusually excessive amounts of fat and skin just above the knee, while a calf reduction is usually reserved for those who are still dealing with excess skin and fat in the calves after weight loss. Depending on the type of thigh lift you choose, Dr. Katzen may perform liposuction along with your procedure. This is necessary when a patient still has stubborn fat on their thighs despite consistent diet and exercise and a stable weight. For example, liposuction is typically performed along with long incision and calf reduction procedures.
Is a Thigh Lift Right for Me? The best way to have your personal needs addressed is to come in for a consultation. Some patients can achieve surprising results with just liposuction. If your problem primarily involves sagging skin, a thigh lift is usually the best option. At the offices of J. Timothy Katzen, M.D., a thigh lift can help you attain the figure you’ve worked so hard to achieve. Contact us at either of our offices in Beverly Hills or Las Vegas to schedule your consultation and find out if this procedure is right for you.