Despite following a proper diet and regular exercise, some individuals find themselves unable to lose fat from the upper thigh. They may consider a thigh lift to remove the excess skin and fat from the thigh region to improve its contours.
Some surgeons recommend a liposuction in combination with re-contouring of the inner thigh for best results. However, it will depend on the patient’s commitment to maintain these results by following a healthy lifestyle through a balanced diet and regular exercise.
Board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak provides thigh lift cosmetic surgery to patients in Houston, Texas, and surrounding locations.
Who Can Undergo a Thigh Lift?
A thigh lift plastic surgery is ideal for candidates with the following concerns:
- Cellulite-laden sagging thighs due to aging
- Large thighs that prevent one from wearing certain clothing
- Sagging skin in the thigh due to significant weight loss
- Disproportionate body contours with laxity of thigh skin or excess tissue in the inner or outer thighs
Types of Thigh Lift Procedures
Thigh lift procedures can be of two types – an inner (medial) thigh lift or an outer (lateral) thigh lift.
Inner Medial Thigh Lift
Here, the surgeon makes an incision in the groin region and through it, removes excess fat and skin to give a better contour to the inner thigh. In patients with greater fatty deposits, they may decide to also perform a liposuction. Then, they re-contour the part extending from the groin to the knee. The same procedure is repeated on the outer thigh region.
Outer (Lateral) Thigh Lift
This cosmetic procedure is more complex and requires a reshaping of the buttocks and the outer thigh region. More tissue is removed during this surgery which can cause the skin to grow less elastic. Maintaining the ideal weight post-surgery is therefore critical to the success of this procedure. There may also be greater scarring than with the inner thigh lift.
Will Scars be Conspicuous?
In an inner thigh lift surgery, the surgeon makes incisions in the groin region. But if greater amount of sagging skin has to be removed, they may choose to make the incision longitudinally along the line of the inner thigh.
In an outer thigh lift, the incision extends from the groin, moves around the hip and in some cases, even covers the buttock fold region. Experienced cosmetic surgeons ensure that the incisions are placed in areas where the scars can be concealed well with clothing.
Recovery from Thigh Lift Surgery
Immediately after the thigh lift surgery, patients begin to notice that the contours of their thigh have a new smooth and younger appearance than before. Most patients resume their regular activities after a week to 10 days of surgery.
However, there will be an initial period of soreness, bruising and inflammation around the sites where incisions were made. This gradually resolves over the next 3 to 5 weeks. Most surgeons advise their patients to wear compression garments to provide the new contours with the necessary support.
Female cosmetic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak receives patients from Houston, Texas, and nearby areas for thigh lift surgery.
Contact Houston, Texas Plastic Surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak:
For more information on procedures and treatments provided by board-certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak please call us to schedule a consultation at 713.354.5145 or click here. Offices in Houston, Texas.
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