After many people have worked hard to lose weight, excess and sagging skin remains. It can be disheartening if it compromises your appearance after all you’ve done to look and feel better. One of the areas where this happens is around the thighs. When thighs are disproportionate to the rest of the leg and/or the buttocks, one solution is to remove excess skin and fat with a thigh lift. For best results, Dr. Heidari often performs a thigh lift in conjunction with liposuction for better contouring. In the case of post-bariatric weight loss patients, large amounts of skin excess can be removed to create a more attractive shape.
- Post-bariatric healthy adults who have had significant weight loss and kept it off for at least six months
- Patients with a combination of excess fat and loose skin on the inner thighs
Dr. Heidari performs thigh lifts on an outpatient basis using general anesthesia. An incision is made in the crease where the upper thigh meets the buttocks or in the groin area near the hip. The skin is carefully separated from the underlying muscle and tissue, and then excess skin is removed. If needed, liposuction may be used to remove excess fat. The remaining skin is stretched and tightened over the area and sutured closed. The surgery takes between two to three hours. In cases of extreme skin excess, a vertical incision of the inner thigh is necessary for optimal results. Thin tubes may be placed under the skin to drain excess fluids. A thigh lift can also be combined with an arm lift (brachioplasty) or tummy tuck (abdominoplasty).
After a thigh lift, a light dressing will be applied following the surgery. You will need to wear a light compression garment for three to four days after surgery and may be worn for up to three weeks depending on the area treated. Swelling and bruising are common and subside over a few weeks. Your stitches will be removed after seven to ten days. Most patients return to work in about one week and resume most normal activity within three weeks. You can return to regular exercise in about five to six weeks.