What point is having a procedure such as a tummy tuck or butt lift if you’re still left with loose, saggy thighs? A thigh lift with Dr. Ip effectively changes the shape of the thighs, making them proportional to the rest of the body, firmer, and more contoured. Sometimes a thigh lift is combined with moderate liposuction for the best results.
Who should get a thigh lift?
If you’ve lost a good deal of weight, especially if you carry your weight in your hips and thighs, chances are you’re now stuck with loose saggy skin on your inner and outer thighs. No amount of exercise will be able to firm this skin back up: it has been stretched for too long. In these cases, a thigh lift with Dr. Ip can be a perfect answer. Of course, the patient needs to be finished losing the weight and have been at a stable weight for a period of time.
What happens during the procedure?
In a thigh lift, the incision locations depend on the extent of the loose skin and where it is. Every patient is different. The most common incisions are made in the groin area. Dr. Ip usually tries to place the incisions in natural body creases to conceal scarring as much as possible.
There are two procedures that target the two sides of the thighs.
- A medial thigh lift requires only a small incision in the groin region. The incision may extend down toward the pubic area. The target in a medial thigh lift is the inner thigh.
- A lateral thigh lift incision extends from the very top of the leg outward to the patient’s hips. The target in a lateral lift is the outer thigh.
In both cases, once the incisions are made, Dr. Ip can tighten and reshape underlying tissue. He also removes fat pockets if needed and trims away any excess skin. The remaining skin is then redraped across the new contours of the leg.
Due to the tissue trauma, there will be a fair amount of swelling and bruising with a thigh lift. Dr. Ip will have you wearing compression garments over the surgery sites for a few weeks after surgery. This helps your body adapt to the new contours. Once the swelling is gone, the patient will see slimmer, contoured thighs with dramatically improved tone.
Do think you may want a thigh lift with Dr. Ip? Call our Newport Beach, Beverly Hills, or New York offices and schedule a consultation.