Thigh Lift in Miami, FL
What is a thigh lift?
Most of the time, patients have undergone massive weight loss experience skin laxity that may occur prominently in the thigh area. This portion of the patient’s body is very prone to fat due to the large amounts of lipase enzymes that promote fat growth and accumulation. In cases when the patient loses the fat but this skin does not go back to its original form and begin to sag unattractively, surgeons would typically recommend a thigh lift procedure to enhance the shape and form of the thighs. This technique improves the appearance of the inner and outer thighs to make them more proportional to the rest of the body and give the patient a firmer and more appealing shape.
Who are good candidates for a thigh lift?
To be considered for a for a thigh lift procedure that will reshape the thighs, the patient must be of relatively stable weight and have a prominent amount of excess skin tissue along the inner or outer thigh region. These patients must also be healthy, with no underlying medical conditions that could lead to unforeseen complications during or after the surgery. It is also preferable that these patients are not smokers, or are nicotine free, before the surgery. Most patients wanting to undergo a thigh lift are those who have lost and gained a significant amount of weight. As with any other type of surgery, a consultation with the doctor is advisable to help determine if this procedure is right for you.
What happens during a thigh lift?
Dr. Alan Serure performs a thigh lift procedure usually under general anesthesia. The incisions will follow, and the pattern of these will depend on the extent of the area that needs correction and on the patient and doctors preferences. When performing the thigh lift, doctors may use one of several different thigh lift techniques:
- A lateral thigh lift is intended to address excess skin along the front and on the outside portion of the leg. During this procedure, the incision will be created at the top of the patient’s leg, usually where the underwear comes up to. This ensures that subsequent scarring will be concealed along the natural crease of the leg. The specified amount of extra skin from the leg region will be removed and the remaining skin pulled up to be attached to the upper portion of the original incision. This technique may be done on both sides of the legs to help make skin look tighter and firmer.
- A medial thigh lift specifically addresses excess skin and tissues along the inner thigh. The incision will be made along the junction of the thigh and the pubic area so that the wound and the resultant scar will be inconspicuous after the surgery. Next, the surgeon removes a specified amount of underlying fat tissue and excess skin. The incision will be closed and the resulting thigh area will have tighter skin, remarkably enhanced leg contour, and improved skin elasticity.
What results does a thigh lift procedure give rise to?
If the patient examines themselves closely right after a thigh lift surgery, they will see that the results of the procedure are immediately visible, but masked by the swelling, bruising, and redness that naturally affects the surgical site after the operation. Over time, the wounds will heal, the swelling and redness will go down, and the full effect of the thigh lift procedure will be fully evident. The patient’s newly contoured, firmed, and more toned thighs are essentially permanent, as long as the patient is able to maintain a stable bodyweight moving forward. Scarring is also expected to improve over a period of one year. Most patients are concerned that as they age, the skin will also begin to sag, but after a thigh lift the appearance of the thighs are expected to be relatively enduring.