04 May Wait, What’s a Thigh Lift?
Natural ageing isn’t an isolated process. At some point or another, each area of your body will begin to experience a loss in volume or skin elasticity. While some changes to your body may be tolerable, others can cause cosmetic concern and affect your quality of life.
Many plastic surgery procedures involve some lifting — breast lifts, facelifts and arm lifts are some of the most popular methods today — but what about other regions of the body? Are they able to receive the same sort of lift, too? Although you might be familiar with several different forms of lifting surgery, the thighs are usually left out of the equation.
Your thighs can become susceptible to ageing with hanging skin and localised fat lining the legs and taking away from the toned aesthetic that you may consider attractive. Fortunately, a lifting technique is available specifically for the thighs.
What’s a Thigh Lift?
A thigh lift is a procedure that removes excess fat and skin from the upper region of the leg in order to make it look slim and toned. Due to natural ageing or weight loss, skin on the thighs can lose its elasticity, resulting in wrinkled and sagging skin that obscures the contours of your body.
The goal of a thigh lift is to improve the curvature of the legs which will help you look younger and more athletic. Liposuction is a common technique used in tandem with thigh lift surgery to produce the best result.
What Can You Expect After a Thigh Lift?
Once all swelling subsides, you should notice a significant difference in the size and shape of your thighs. Not only will they appear slimmer but also the skin will look tight and you will have more curvature that helps you better fit into flattering clothing.
Although you shouldn’t expect your thighs to look drastically different in muscle tone, the reduction in skin and glandular tissue will refine your legs and improve the proportions of your body overall.
Are You a Candidate for Thigh Lift Surgery?
If you have recently lost a significant amount of weight but see no results when you try to shape up your thighs on your own, then surgery may be the next best option. A thigh lift targets what a healthy diet and exercise cannot: the loose skin hanging from the legs.
Thigh lift surgery, however, should not be sought after as a replacement for weight loss. You should be at your ideal weight and in good general health before undergoing surgery. Even after your thigh lift and once you have recovered fully, you should continue to eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly to maintain your results.
Dr Ritz can help you decide whether a thigh lift is a viable option during a consultation. With an examination and a discussion of your cosmetic goals, you can determine if you should receive surgery.