Thigh lift surgery: Having healthy thighs is a key component of the whole body fitness. Living a physically active life can significantly keep thighs fit and normal. But as people gain weight, some parts of the body which are more vulnerable to fat accumulation become fat and get bumpy surfaces. While excess fat on the inner thighs is itself a reason for saggy skin on this area, the problems is intensified if you lose a great amount of your weight. The real reason is that as you get fat, the skin stretches to cover the added fat. When the skin stretches too much it loses its elasticity, making it unable to tighten up and fit the flesh again after a mass weight loss. Sagging skin of thighs may accelerate due to aging.
What are non-surgical treatments for loose thigh skin?
Saggy skin of thighs may be partially corrected by exercise but you have to do the right one to target those muscles in the concerned area. Yet, the result achieved might not be satisfactory because the problem doesn’t often completely go away.
Another way to alleviate loose skin is using creams and lotions which contain vitamin C, vitamin E, and alpha-hydroxy acids which are effective in firming skin. Other substances like coconut oil, cocoa butter and shea butter which have moisturizing properties also might be helpful. These remedies should be accompanied by regular exercise to yield favorable results.
Radio frequency is another nonsurgical option. In this method, the skin is heated to a point at which it becomes firm. Intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments are another option that are similar to radio frequency and concerts light into heat.
Tight lift surgery (thighplasty)
Tight lift surgery or thighplasty is an invasive treatment for removing excess fat and loose skin on the thighs. The result would be a smooth skin and well-shaped contour of the upper legs.
When does a thigh lift become necessary?
If you are extremely overweight and wish to remove your excess fat on your body, you might opt for a liposuction on some parts of your body including your thighs. If you undergo a liposuction procedure to remove your fat, you might be left with a loose saggy skin on your belly, thighs and arms due to poor elasticity of your skin that leaves it with no option but to hang loosely on the body. The same problem may occur after a non-surgical mass weight loss. In both situations, you can remove that lax ugly skin of your thighs by having a thigh lift surgery. This invasive method will completely remove the sagging skin of your inner or outer thighs making their shape and contour smooth and fit.
How is a thigh lift performed?
- Anesthesia: As for any other surgeries, the first step in a thigh lift procedure is anesthesia. Depending on your personal preference and medical considerations, intravenous sedation and general anesthesia may be applied.
- Making incisions: Depending on the areas that need to be treated, degree of excess fat or skin and your preference, incisions are made in different patterns on your thighs.
- Removing skin and closing the incisions: The excess skin or fact is cut away and the remaining skin is pushed upward and the incisions are closed using sutures or adhesive tapes.
How long does it take for recovery?
It depends on many factors such as number and extent of the incisions, your age and your diet. It usually takes two weeks for you to be fully recovered and get back to normal life. You must strictly follow your doctor’s instructions in order not to develop any complication as a consequence of the surgery, like an infection.
What are some risks of thigh lift surgery?
Like any other surgery, a thigh lift too might pose some risks and complications which are as follows:
- Anesthesia risks
- Lasting wound healing time
- Deep and too visible scarring
- Fluid accumulation (seroma)
- Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
- Fat necrosis
- Skin discoloration
- Swelling and bruising
- Skin loss
- Unexpected loosening of skin and need for revisionary surgery
Note that these complications are just possibilities which might occur in a small number of patients. Choosing an experience surgeon and paying great attention to his/her advice before and after the surgery would significantly reduce chances of developing postoperative risks of a thighplasty.
How much does a thigh lift cost?
The range of a thigh lift surgery is $6,000 to $12,000 in the United states which depends on factors such as the doctor’s reputation, technique, severity of the condition, etc.
Thigh lift surgery in Iran
Iranian surgeons have vast experience in different types of plastic surgeries, including thigh lift. The cost of a thigh lift in Iran stands somewhere between $2,000 to $4,000.
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