A thigh lift can eliminate the sagging skin and tissue that interferes with your physical activity and makes it difficult to find proper fitting clothing. A thigh lift is a body contouring procedure designed to remove excess fat and skin from your thighs and tighten the remaining skin and tissue for a more firm and toned appearance.
Ideal Candidates for a Thigh Lift
Ideal candidates for a thigh lift are those patients who have lost a significant amount of weight following bariatric surgery or pregnancy and who are embarrassed by excess skin and fat around the thighs that cannot be lost through diet and exercise. You should be at or near your ideal weight, a non-smoker, and in generally good health in order to undergo the procedure.
To determine if a thigh lift is the right procedure to restore a slimmer, more attractive appearance to your thighs, call our North Andover office at 978-687-1151 or our Nashua office at 603-882-2103 today to schedule your personal consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. George P. Chatson.
The Thigh Lift Procedure
There are a number of incision options and techniques that can be employed by Dr. Chatson to perform your thigh lift. In some instances, multiple incisions will be required to fully tone and reshape the thighs. These incisions are placed as inconspicuously as possible, but some scarring may be visible when you are without clothing. Your procedure will be as minimally invasive as possible and tailored to meet your exact needs.
While a thigh lift may result in some scarring, most patients find this acceptable when considering the many benefits offered by this procedure, including feeling confident in your appearance and comfortable in your body.
Combining Thigh Lift with Other Plastic Surgery Procedures
Dr. Chatson can perform a thigh lift on your inner or outer thighs or both to improve your lower body contours. However, for full lower body rejuvenation, a thigh lift is sometimes combined with liposuction and a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) in a procedure called a lower body lift.
During your initial consultation with Dr. Chatson, you will discuss the issues you wish to address and Dr. Chatson will determine the methods to best achieve the results you desire.
Results and Recovery from a Thigh Lift
Every patient recovers at their own rate, but in general, you can expect your recovery from a thigh lift procedure to take several weeks. The length of your recovery depends on the extent of your surgical procedure and whether it was combined with other procedures, such as a tummy tuck.
You should expect some swelling and bruising in the surgical area, which will begin to subside in the first weeks after surgery. Dr. Chatson will provide medications and compression garments to help with these issues. You should be prepared to take one to weeks away from work and to refrain from strenuous activities for four to six weeks following your surgery to give your body ample time to heal.
Find out if a thigh lift is the right procedure to eliminate sagging in your thighs. Please call George P. Chatson, M.D., today at 978-687-1151 for our Andover office or 603-882-2103 for our Nashua office to schedule your consultation. We welcome patients throughout Andover and Lowell, Massachusetts, and Nashua, Salem, and Manchester, New Hampshire.