If you have excess skin or pockets of fat on your thighs due to significant weight loss or the natural effects of aging, and if fitness and weight control efforts have not achieved your goals for a firmer body, a surgical lift may be right for you.
The surgery reshapes the thighs by reducing excess skin and fat, resulting in smoother skin and better-proportioned contours of the thighs and lower body. Keep in mind that thigh lifts are not intended strictly for the removal of excess fat, which liposuction alone can do in areas with good skin elasticity. In cases where skin elasticity is poor, a lift, along with liposuction, may be recommended.
In general, candidates for a thigh lift are:
- People whose weight is relatively stable
- Individuals with excess soft tissue along the inner (medial) thigh region and/or the outer (lateral) thigh
- Individuals with realistic goals for what thigh lift surgery can accomplish
- Individuals committed to leading a healthy lifestyle, including proper nutrition and fitness
Recovery and results
The results of a thigh lift are visible almost immediately. However, it may take several months for the final results to fully develop. Following the procedure, you can expect improved skin quality. Some visible scars will remain, but the overall results are long-lasting, provided that you maintain a stable weight and general fitness. As your body ages, it is natural to lose some firmness. However, most of the benefits from the thigh lift should remain.