Individuals who lose a significant amount of weight will sometimes consider skin removal surgery to address problem areas that exist as the result of the weight-loss. The thighs, specifically, are an area that can be troublesome if excessive loose skin hangs on the outer and inner thighs. Tyler, TX plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Critelli, helps men and women complete their weight-loss transformation with this advanced body contouring surgery. Due to the popularity and success of bariatric surgeries, the number of thigh lift procedures performed has nearly quadrupled in just the last several years. Thighplasty trims the excess skin around the thighs and tightens the remaining underlying tissue to create a toned, softer appearance.
About the Surgery
Thighplasty is performed to enhance the looks of the inner thigh and/or outer thigh. During this procedure, an incision will be made near the top of the thigh (along the crease where the torso meets the leg) and ends at the inner aspect of the thigh. A large amount of tissue is removed from the top inner thigh area while the remaining skin is pulled up, tightened, and secured with sutures. This process reshapes the thighs, providing them a tighter, more contoured appearance.
A combination of lower body contouring procedures, in addition to a thigh lift, can be combined to create a tighter lower body. A thigh lift and a butt lift are the most common combination. Some patients who are advised to have an outer thigh lift will generally need to have their butt lifted as well. With this, the outer thighs are pulled up and tightened with an incision that is made along the bottom of the buttocks area. An incision can also be made around the lower back. This allows the surgeon to address the upper thighs, buttock and hips in one surgery. This is commonly known as a lower body lift.
Thigh lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia at UT Health Tyler. The surgery takes an average of 2 to 3 hours to complete, but could take longer if combined with another procedure. The recovery period typically takes about 6-8 weeks. Scars will also be a part of the procedure. Proper scar care is needed for the scar to heal safely. Patients find their self-confidence improves after surgery with the enhanced contour of their thighs.
Schedule an appointment for a customized consultation with Dr. Critelli to determine the cost of your procedure.
Thigh lift is the best choice to achieve nicely contoured and slimmer legs. Because the procedure calls for skin tightening and liposuction in cases of excessive fat deposits, it also improves the appearance of cellulite or other skin irregularities on the upper legs.
After surgery workout?
Because this surgery is invasive, it is recommended that patients limit strenuous activities until fully recovered. Patients may go back to a normal (light) routine 3 to 4 weeks after surgery. Exercise should wait until about 6-8 weeks post-op. When all wounds are completely healed, patients may begin lower body moves such as lunges or squats.
Patients who adhere to a healthy lifestyle that includes a proper diet and exercise routine will enjoy their surgical results for years. Pregnancy or any additional weight gain after this surgery could compromise the overall surgical effect. It is also advised that patients be at or near their goal weight before surgery.