The combined effects of gravity, fluctuations in weight, and a loss of skin elasticity all contribute to loss of tone in the thighs as we age. A thigh lift is a surgical procedure to remove skin and fat from the thighs to tighten the skin and improve the contour of the thighs. Thigh lift surgery can drastically improve the appearance of your thighs.
You will be evaluated at the time of consultation to see if thigh lift is appropriate for you. If your thighs have a lot of excess fatty tissue it might be best to do liposuction first to get rid of as much of the excess tissue as possible.
After a few months, Dr. Sheilah Lynch will evaluate your thighs to see if you would benefit from a thigh lift. If the skin of the inner thigh sags or is droopy, a thigh lift is ideal as it will tighten up the skin and smooth the appearance of the inner thigh.
The outer thigh is treated most often by liposuction alone. Pockets of fatty tissue in this area are often called “saddlebags” and respond well to liposuction. Fat distribution in the saddlebag area of otherwise thin patients may sometimes be hereditary. Since the bony support of the outer thigh allows draping of minor excess skin, more aggressive liposuction can be performed. It is rare that a lateral thigh lift is needed if you have not experienced massive weight loss.
In massive weight loss patients, when the skin of the outer thigh sags, it is usually in conjunction with the buttocks. In this case, the outer thigh lift is performed together with a buttocks lift. This procedure is often called a lower body lift.
To find out more about these procedures please call Dr. Lynch to schedule a consultation.