What is a thigh lift?

What is a thigh lift? | Houston, TexasThe upper legs become an increasingly troublesome area for some women as they age. Some others may have thighs that remain unresponsive to diet and exercise after massive weight loss.

The thighs can accumulate fat cells, excess skin, and cellulite, making an individual look older, heavier, and less fit than they actually are.

Loose skin on the thighs can make a person feel self-conscious about their appearance. Some people may be able to accomplish good results with an aggressive diet and exercise regimen, others may find it challenging or even impossible to tone their upper legs.

Thankfully, cosmetic surgery offers a potentially optimal solution in the form of thigh lift surgery. A thigh lift is an optimal procedure to achieve tauter and more appealing thighs.

This surgical procedure is particularly helpful for people who struggle with sagging, excess skin resulting from significant weight loss. A thigh lift (thighplasty) involves removing excess fat, tissue, and skin to tone and sculpt the thighs.

There are various techniques available to cosmetic surgeons which enable them to individualize the thigh lift procedure to the exact needs of each individual patient. The surgeon will work with the patient to develop a customized surgical plan tailored to their unique goals and desires to enable them to enjoy more appealing legs.

Board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak provides thigh lift to patients in Houston, Texas, and surrounding locations.


Inner Thigh Lift

As the name suggests, this type of thigh lift treats the inner thigh. This procedure is helpful for individuals who have problems in removing excess fat from this body area through diet and exercise. An inner thighplasty may also be used to correct reduced skin elasticity which may occur due to extreme weight loss or the aging process.

In an inner thigh lift procedure, the plastic surgeon will place an incision in the area where the thigh connects to the pubic region. This allows them to access the underlying tissue while making the incision as inconspicuous as possible.

Any resulting scars can be easily concealed by underwear. The plastic surgeon will then remove a wedge of skin and possibly fat from the area and tighten the skin that remains to enhance the leg contours.


Bilateral Thigh Lift

The bilateral thigh lift plastic surgery procedure is also known as the “outer thigh lift.” This procedure is meant to tighten the skin on the front and outside of the leg.

In the bilateral thigh lift, the surgeon will place an incision at the top of the leg, where the lower edge of a pair of underwear or bikini bottom would lie, creating a “V” shape.

This incision may wrap around the patient’s hip or butt area, depending on their needs. The surgeon will then eliminate a specific amount of skin, and pull the remaining skin up and attach it to the same region so that it is smooth.

In this manner, a bilateral thigh lift tightens skin along the right as well as the left side of the leg.  

This procedure is particularly effective for those people who have excess skin after massive weight loss as it can be used to eliminate more substantial amounts of tissue in comparison to other techniques. This procedure can also help lift the posterior along with the thighs.

Female cosmetic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak receives patients from Houston, Texas, and nearby areas for thigh lift.
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 713.322.7265 or click here. Offices in Houston, Texas.