What Is 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
"My name is Jacki and I had the RNY gastric bypass 4.5 years ago. I went from 365lbs. down to 230lbs. Even though I was so happy with my results, nothing prepared me for how much excess skin, fat, and tissue I would still have. I was heartbroken because I had done all of this hard work to lose weight and feel normal, yet I still got stares; now they weren't from being morbidly obese, but because I had all of this unattractive hanging skin. About 2.5 years ago I started to do my research and came across Dr.Katzen as one of my prospect surgeons. I had my consult and to be honest, he was nothing as I had imagined. Most doctors (especially in the Beverly Hills area) are all about the money. Dr.Katzen is not only one of kindest doctors I have met, but his artistic skills are impecable. Then, to make things even better, I got to see his work shine on TLC's The Real Skinny. Right then and there, I knew Dr.Katzen was the only surgeon I would trust my body with. On September 9, 2013 I had a 360 Body Lift and staged liposuction of the thighs, which removed a whooping total of 50lbs! Dr.Katzen was patient with me and answered any and all questions that I had. I had such an amazing experience with him. It has been a huge honor and I can not imagine finishing up my journey with anyone else than Dr. J. Timothy Katzen (I plan to still do a medial thigh lift, arms, breasts, and torsoplasty)!"- J.H. / Yelp / Mar 21, 2014
"After losing over 100 pounds, I worked out to try and tone my body but it didn't quite work out as I hoped for it to be. I went to Dr. Katzen for a butt and thigh lift. He's a skilled surgeon and is so very kind."- Anonymous / RateMDs / Jun 03, 2016
"I had bariatric surgery and lost 125 lbs. I was so excited to have lost this much weight but so disappointed that my weight loss had a great deal of residual hanging skin. I had to wear loose blouses and pants to hide all the skin that was left over from losing weight so quickly. I attended a seminar and had a consultation with Dr. Katzen the same day.I had my first surgery exactly one year after my gastric bypass. I had a circumferential body lift and a medial thigh lift. My second surgery was a breast lift, and quite a bit of liposuction. Three weeks ago I had a TCA peel on my face and I am hoping to have another peel or some laser treatment.My experience with Dr. Katzen has always been very positive. I knew when I first consulted with him that I had met the surgeon I had been looking for. First of all, he has the proper credentials I was looking for.Dr. Katzen specializes in post op bariatric surgery patients and sculpturing the patient’s body while removing all the hanging skin. My only concern was my age since I am almost 64 but he said no problem as long as I was healthy. I asked if I was his oldest patient and he quickly replied no, his oldest patient was in his 70’s!I think you gain a lot of confidence just by going into his exam rooms. Each room is filled with diplomas and certificates on all the walls. Aside from all this, Dr. Katzen has a very gentle spirit and is a good listener. Do not be timid in asking him anything that may be bothering you because he always has the right answer. He genuinely cares about each patient and he makes you feel like you are the only one he has but then we all know how busy he is. He is always available to his patients. His staff is very competent and professional. They will get you the answer you need very quickly. I now can ride my bike for 6-7 miles and not even feel tired. I swim daily, I lift my grandchildren up in my arms. My husband and I have always wanted to take scuba diving lessons but I refused to get into a wet suit. Now I have nothing to hold me back. I believe that God has blessed Dr. Katzen with amazing talent and I am so very thankful that I was lead to find him.So I say to him again, muchas gracias Dr. Katzen."- Anonymous / RateMDs / May 27, 2015
"I cannot recommend Dr. Katzen highly enough. He truly listens to you, he is just as excited about the results as you are and will work to help you be the very best you can.His office staff is friendly, knowledgeable and will work with your insurance company to get as much done for you as they can. I have done both my abdominoplasty and medial thigh lift and will be doing the backside and outer thighs soon. I remember how excited he was when he did the first surgery and each time as they put me under the last thing I remember is him holding my hand. You cannot find a more caring, knowledgeable and talented surgeon."- Anonymous / RateMDs / Apr 06, 2015
"After losing 219 lbs I decided I had no choice but to get reconstructive surgery. I looked at 3 plastic surgeons before I chose Dr Katzen. I went to 2 of his seminars and meet many of his patients. He is very knowledgable and caring. When I had a consult with him he made me feel very comfortable and he is very confident in his work. I had a lower body lift and thigh lipo on June 5th and on Aug 28th I had a mons lift and a thigh lift. All my reconstructive surgery turned out excellent, especially my flat stomach. Never in my life have I had a flat stomach. I walk around trying to show family and friends my new stomach. I love my new belly button...I have some friends and work acquaintances that want to meet him for consultation after seeing the work he did on me. I healed great and had no complications.I I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Dr Katzen. I will be having my a BL/BA and arm lift next year with Dr Katzen. He is a Miracle Worker."- Anonymous / RateMDs / Apr 03, 2015
Who Is An Ideal Candidate For a thigh lift?
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.
Thigh Lift Surgical Technique
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 Can I Expect After a Thigh Lift?
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 About A Thigh Lift
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 a 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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