Be honest. Do you wear long pants in the middle of summer to cover loose skin on your thighs? Do you worry people are staring at your thighs when you go walking or jogging? Are you uncomfortable about wearing shorts in public? Have you tried to reshape and tone-up your thighs with diet and exercise, and still they seem flabby? If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, a thigh lift may be the solution you’ve been looking for.
A thigh lift is a type of plastic surgery Dr. Deutsch provides for his patients to reshape and slim down their inner or outer thighs. Medically called thighplasty, thigh lift surgery removes loose skin and excess fat on the thighs while tightening the remaining skin, to reduce overall circumference and improve the contour and shape of the legs.
Realistically, loose or sagging skin may not be limited only to the thigh area, and for that reason, thigh lifts are often combined with other body contouring procedures to address sagging skin in those areas (buttocks, tummy, arms, etc.). Procedures often combined with thigh lifts include arm lifts, breast lifts, butt lifts, liposuction or tummy tuck. Keep in mind there is a limit to how many procedures can be performed at the same time, so patients must decide which areas are most important to address. (This is for safety reasons—to ensure patients aren’t under general anesthesia for too long, and to minimize the risk of complications during surgery and recovery.) Of course, many people are primarily concerned with their thighs and choose to have only a thigh lift as a stand-alone procedure, and that is perfectly fine.
Who’s a Good Candidate?
The best candidates for thigh lifts are people with sagging or excess skin on their thighs, along with persistent fat or cellulite. Often men or women opt for a thigh lift following extreme weight loss. Generally, patients who benefit most from this procedure are people who are at a stable and healthy body weight; are in overall good health; and do not smoke. The patient should have realistic goals for his or her surgery, and be willing to cope with the recovery process after the operation.
While a thigh lift can dramatically improve the appearance of the thighs, it may not be the right solution for everyone. If you are seriously overweight, a thigh lift may not provide you with the results you need and want; a diet and exercise program may be the answer. Or, if you are primarily interested in reduction of fatty deposits, liposuction may be the best procedure for you, as it is specifically designed for removing areas of stubborn fat, and is less invasive than thigh lift surgery.