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What is a Thigh Lift?
A thigh lift is done to remove excess skin and fat from the thighs. Many individuals choose to undergo this procedure after drastic weight loss or if they cannot reduce excess tissue on their upper thighs with exercise and diet alone.
Who is a Good Candidate?
Individuals who are living with loose skin on their thighs due to massive weight loss can often benefit from this procedure. Many candidates wish to achieve a more proportionate thigh contour and wish to fit more comfortably into clothing. Patients should be at a stable weight and be a non-smoker to be considered for this procedure. A consultation with Dr. Howland can help to determine if you are a good candidate for a thigh lift.
What to Expect
A thigh lift can be done to target excess skin from the outer and inner thighs. Where your excess fat lies will determine which thigh lift technique will be used.
Medial Thigh Lift
This thigh lift focuses on the inner thigh, and entails an incision be created in the groin area with extra skin and fat being excised along the inner thigh. Liposuction may be used to further contour the area.
Lateral Thigh Lift
This thigh lift focuses on the outer thigh, and is a more complex procedure than a medial thigh lift. During this procedure, the outer thighs and buttocks are often recontoured, with excess skin being excised. Scarring is often more extensive, but Dr. Howland will attempt to place the incisions where scarring can be hidden with clothing.
Following a thigh lift, patients can expect to experience swelling, bruising and soreness. Pain medication can help with any discomfort. Compression garments will need to be worn to ensure optimal results. Swelling should subside within five weeks. Patients should avoid strenuous exercise for 6-8 weeks. It is important to follow Dr. Howland’s specific post-op instructions to ensure a safe and quick recovery.
Boost your self-confidence and quality of life with a thigh lift! Patients in the Salt Lake City and Draper, UT areas can contact our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Howland.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you get lipo on your inner thighs?
Yes, the thighs are a common treatment area for liposuction.
Does running get rid of cellulite?
Running can help reduce fat and build muscle, which can reduce cellulite. However, cellulite is caused by collagen bands pulling the skin down, which means that exercise will not fully remove cellulite.
Can you get surgery to remove arm fat?
Liposuction can be performed on the arms to help remove fat from the area.
How are thigh lifts done?
Thigh lifts are performed by making a small incision in the groin area or along the inside of the thighs. Through these incisions, excess skin and fat are removed and the tissues are reshaped for a toned and flattering appearance.
Does a lower body lift include thighs?
A lower body lift can include the thighs.
How can I firm up flabby thighs?
A thigh lift is a very effective way to achieve firmer thighs by removing excess skin and fat from the area.
Does insurance cover skin removal after weight loss?
Insurance does not generally cover skin removal or thigh lift surgery after weight loss, because the procedure is considered cosmetic in nature.
How can I reduce my thigh fat?
Liposuction or a thigh lift procedure are effective methods of reducing stubborn fat from the thighs.
How dangerous is a thigh lift?
Like all surgeries, thigh lifts have some risks, such as adverse reactions to anesthesia or infection. However, the surgery is generally considered safe for approved candidates.
How much does a thigh lift Cost?
The average thigh lift costs about $5,300. This varies depending on factors such as your surgeons fees, facility fees, and more.