After significant weight loss, one is often left with excess skin on the lower body. The inner and outer thighs may exhibit redundant skin and tissue that causes discomfort and detracts from the beneficial aspects of weight loss. To truly appreciate your new body and realize the benefits of weight loss, you may choose to undergo a thigh lift.
By removing excess skin and fatty tissue and lifting the underlying tissue, a thigh lift can give you smoother, firmer and more youthful looking legs. Clothes will fit more comfortably, and you’ll be able to wear shorts and swimsuits without feeling self-conscious about the way your thighs look.
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Who is a good candidate for a thigh lift?
Candidates for these procedures should meet the following criteria:
- Close to stable, ideal body weight
- Exhibit excess skin around inner/outer thighs
- Limited fat deposits in these areas
A thigh lift reshapes the contour of the inner and/or outer thighs by removing excess skin and in some cases, removing a limited amount of fat with liposuction. A lower body lift may include skin removal and tightening on the thighs, but also on the buttocks and hips. In some cases, a tummy tuck should be performed as well.
About the thigh lift procedure
Incisions are made in natural body folds, in areas that allow surgery scars to remain concealed. Dr. Branman lifts, tightens, and removes skin in a concentric pattern around the body and legs. The remaining skin is draped over the body with a smoother, more taut appearance. Sutures are placed to maintain the new form and close the incisions.
What is recovery like after a thigh lift?
After a thigh lift or lower body lift, some bruising and swelling should be expected. Compression garments are provided and worn to control swelling and ensure a smoother result. Drains may also be placed to evacuate fluids that accumulate during recovery. Patients should be able to return to their normal routine after 4-5 weeks.
Thigh lift surgery, and all cosmetic surgery procedures, are performed by Little Rock cosmetic surgeon Dr. Rhys Branman at Arkansas Surgical Hospital. To learn more about lower body procedures such as the thigh lift or lower body lift, contact the Arkansas cosmetic surgery office of Dr. Branman.