Thigh Lift Fort Worth
A thigh lift, also called thighplasty, is a body contouring procedure that lifts, slims and shapes the inner and/or outer thighs. A thigh lift can create a more proportional and contoured appearance to the thighs and lower body, and reduce chafing and skin irritation between the thighs. Many patients who undergo thighplasty have experienced pregnancy or major weight loss.
- How is a thigh lift performed?
- Will I have scars?
- What other procedures can enhance a thigh lift?
- Am I a good candidate?
- Thigh lift recovery & results
How is a thigh lift performed?
A thigh lift is performed using surgical excision and often liposuction to remove excess soft tissues in the thighs. Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Emily J. Kirby performs thigh lift surgery in her state-of-the-art, AAAASF-accredited City Surgery Center.
Will I have scars after my thigh lift?
Thigh lift incisions are typically placed in the groin, extending toward the crease of the buttocks, allowing scars to be easily hidden in most clothing. For patients who have lost a significant amount of weight, a vertical incision may be placed along the inner thigh.
Incisions are closed using dissolving sutures, meaning you will not have to have your sutures removed after surgery. Dr. Kirby will review your scar care plan and options to help ensure that your scars heal as beautifully as possible.
What other procedures can enhance a thigh lift?
If you struggle with excess fat and soft tissues, one or more of the following body contouring procedures may enhance your surgery:
- A tummy tuck, also called abdominoplasty, removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen and tightens the abdominal muscles. A combination of abdominoplasty and liposuction of the “flanks” can help to tighten the lateral thighs.
- A circumferential body lift removes excess skin and fat circumferentially 360-degrees, from the abdomen, flanks, and back. This is commonly performed in patients who have lost a great deal of weight but lack adequate skin elasticity.
- An arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, removes excess skin and fat in the area between the underarm and the elbow. The arm is reshaped, resulting in smoother skin and a more toned, proportionate appearance.
- A buttock lift removes and tightens loose tissues in the buttocks to achieve a firmer, younger-looking rear.
What kind of anesthesia will I have?
A thigh lift is performed under general anesthesia. You will be sleeping for the duration of your procedure.
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Benefits of a thigh lift
A thigh lift provides Fort Worth patients with a number of benefits, including:
- Slims and contours the thighs
- Reduces chafing between the thighs
- Reduces cellulite dimpling on the thighs
- Makes wearing clothing more comfortable and enjoyable
- Many scars can be hidden in your lower body’s natural creases
Am I a good candidate for a thigh lift?
Men and women who meet the following criteria may be good candidates for a thigh lift:
- Have excess skin and/or fat on your thighs due to pregnancy or major weight loss
- Are capable of maintaining a stable weight
- Are in relatively good health and are committed to leading a healthy lifestyle
- Do not have any serious medical conditions
- Are a non-smoker
- Have realistic goals of what your procedure may accomplish
Thigh lift recovery & results
After your thigh lift surgery, you should expect to have some swelling, bruising, and temporary changes in sensation in your thighs, buttocks, and groin for the first several weeks. During this initial recovery period, you should refrain from performing any excessive movements or lifting more than 5 pounds.
Dr. Kirby may apply compression garments for you to wear for the first 6 weeks following your surgery. You may also need to wear surgical drains for the first several days. Most people are able to return to sedentary work within 7 to 10 days, and light activity within 3 weeks. It typically takes thigh lift patients 6 weeks to fully recover from surgery.