About Thigh Lift Surgery
Losing weight is an impressive accomplishment for anyone, but those who make it to their ideal weight occasionally are in need of one more step to finalize their accomplishment and appearance. Depending on how long you had extra weight and how much weight you lost, sagging skin may be a separate issue if the skin was not able to mold to the new size and shape of your body. The thighs are specifically an area of concern for a number of women and men. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Timothy Katzen offers thigh lift surgery (also called thighplasty) at his practice in Beverly Hills, CA, which trims loose skin on the outer or inner thighs to reveal a firmer, more contoured appearance. Thighplasty surgery has risen in popularity because it provides natural results for patients who don't want hanging skin on the thighs.
Thigh Lift Reviews
"Could not be happier with the results and treatment I received by Dr. Katzen and his staff. I had a 360 Body Lift and Medial Thigh Lift. These are major surgeries, but Dr. Katzen was professional and eased any fears. He is at the top of his game and good bedside manor, which is tough to find. I love my new body and am truly thankful to Dr. Katzen and his staff for the way they have allowed me to enjoy this new body that I have dreamed of for so long."- J.B. / Google / Jul 19, 2019
A thigh lift is a skin removal and skin tightening procedure that improves the appearance of extra skin. Thighplasty is typically an after weight loss procedure. It's commonly performed on patients who have lost 100 or more pounds. It's also popular for older women and men who are concerned about excess skin due to age, as well as with women whose body shape changed due to pregnancy. If you have excess or wrinkly skin on the upper thighs (either the inner or outer thighs or both), thigh lift surgery may be a big help. Please remember that if cellulite is your main problem, Dr. Katzen can suggest other procedures that are designed to help decrease the appearance of cellulite.
During a thigh lift, general anesthesia is commonly administered. An incision is made close to the top portion of the thigh in the natural crease where the thigh attaches to the torso. This incision typically continues down to the midpoint of the thigh area. This allows enough room to use liposuction (if necessary) to remove isolated pockets of fat, as well as to trim all loose skin at the top thigh area. The remaining skin will then be pulled upward so it's tight and safely secured with sutures. In specific cases, an incision may be necessary for the outer thigh area or underneath the buttocks, depending on the amount of tissue being removed. This surgery at J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills reshapes the complete thigh area, leaving a shapelier, tighter, more contoured appearance.
What to Expect
Thigh lift surgery takes an average of 2 – 3 hours to complete. After the surgery is over, you will be monitored and then sent home to begin your recovery. There is typically discomfort, bruising, and swelling during the first days of recovery. Within a few days, most patients are up and slowly walking, which is recommended for improved blood circulation and speedier healing. The full recovery period typically takes about 6 – 8 weeks. At-home wound care instructions provided by Dr. Katzen will help the incision(s) to heal well. Even though there will be some scarring, the new shape and contour of your thighs can help you raise your self-esteem, and you will finally be able to display your legs with pride.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will a thigh lift remove cellulite or stretch marks?
A thigh lift is the best choice to slim the contour and improve the appearance of your legs. Since the procedure calls for skin tightening and correcting excessive fat, it can improve the appearance of cellulite or other skin irregularities (like stretch marks) on your thighs. If you are interested in addressing cellulite or stretch marks, let Dr. Katzen know during your consultation so he can adjust your surgical plan to suit your goals accordingly.
How long will my results last?
If you follow a healthy lifestyle that includes a proper diet and regular exercise, you should enjoy the results of your thigh lift for a long time. Dr. Katzen recommends you be at or near a healthy, sustainable weight before surgery so it is easy to maintain your results. Pregnancy or significant weight changes after a thighplasty can compromise your results. During your consultation, Dr. Katzen will give you advice on what you can do to make your surgical results last longer.
Can I combine a thigh lift with other surgeries?
You may consider combining a thigh lift with a tummy tuck or butt lift in a lower body lift. A thigh lift is also a common part of a mommy makeover or after weight loss surgery. During your consultation, talk to Dr. Katzen about all of your concerns and goals so he can create a treatment plan that gives you the results you want.
What about a nonsurgical thigh lift?
While there are nonsurgical options to reduce fat and tone your skin, they typically only produce small improvements. A thighplasty is the best way to address moderate to severe amount of excess skin and stubborn pockets of fat on your legs. If you are interested in nonsurgical procedures, ask Dr. Katzen for more information during your consultation. He will discuss the benefits and drawbacks of surgical and nonsurgical thigh treatment options, as well as his opinion on which would be the best fit for your goals.
Get Tighter, Toned Thighs
If you have extra skin on your inner or outer thighs that causes anxiety or embarrassment, we invite you to call J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills to learn more about thighplasty. It's common for patients to combine this procedure with other contouring procedures, especially surgeries that correct the lower body, including stomach surgery or a lower body lift, depending on your individual cosmetic goals. Schedule your consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Katzen and attain the slimmer appearance you desire.
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