The purpose of a thigh lift is to reshape the thighs by reducing excess skin and fat. The goal is to have smoother skin and better contours for your thighs and lower body. While liposuction alone can remove excess fat deposits on the thighs, if the skin is hanging or lacks elasticity, it won’t be able to conform to the new body contours. The results of a thigh lift are almost immediately visible and skin quality is improved in both appearance and feel, however, it can take several months for the results to fully develop. There will be visible scars, but Dr. Clark will do his best to minimize these scars and hide them in areas that will be covered by clothing. As you age it’s natural to lose some firmness, but most of your initial improvement should remain as long as you maintain a stable weight and general fitness.
WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR THIGH LIFT SURGERY?
- Patients who have reached their goal weight, lead a healthy lifestyle and are committed to continuing with proper nutrition and an exercise program.
- A patient who has excess soft tissue along the inner (medial) thighs and/or the outer lateral thighs.
- Patients who have realistic expectations and goals of what thigh lift surgery can and cannot accomplish and have a positive outlook towards recovery.
- Healthy patients who don’t have any medical conditions that will impair their healing and who is not a good candidate for surgery.
This procedure can be carried out in either an outpatient or hospital setting and is generally done under general anesthesia. Incision patterns may vary based on the area or areas that are being treated, the degree of correction needed, as well as patient and surgeon preference. This is something Dr. Clark will discuss with you in detail and will determine what approach is appropriate.
Dr. Clark is an active member of two prestigious professional societies for board-certified plastic surgeons: The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).
Click here to review the educational material from the ASPS: https://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/thigh-lift
You will see what to expect from the surgery as well as helpful tips for recovery.