Present-day beauty trends have specific standards regarding what is and is not considered aesthetically pleasing for every part of the body. The thighs are no exception.
It can be hard to find the most effective way to achieve nicely sculpted thighs. Luckily, medical science has produced a method of contouring the thighs without constant gym visits and fad dieting: the thigh lift.
The thigh-lift procedure – technically known as thighplasty – involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the thighs. People get thigh lifts to not only achieve firmer and more attractive thighs but also to get rid of the excess loose skin that is left behind after weight loss.
What to Expect
Thigh-lift surgery is done in various ways. One is a medial thigh lift, which involves remove excess skin and fat from the inner thigh in its upper region. A crescent of the skin and fat from the region is removed through a horizontal incision before it is sutured closed. This results in giving the thigh a firmer appearance.
The other method of the thigh lift is known as a standard thigh lift. In this again, the excess skin and fat are removed from the same region for a firmer appearance. Here, however, the incisions are made both vertically and horizontally. This option is recommended for corrections required due to weight loss.
Dr. Gikas performs the thigh lift in concert with the buttocks lift to create a more youthful appearance for the entire region. During this, sagging skin and fat are removed from the buttocks and thighs.
The procedure takes place with the patient under general anaesthesia at an outpatient facility. The ideal candidate for this patient must be healthy, physically fit, have an excess of soft tissue along thigh region, must not smoke, and must have realistic goals.
How to Prepare
If you want a thigh lift, you will need to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gikas. He will ask you about your medical history, any allergies that you may have, and your desired results and expectations for the procedure. He will also go over your surgical options and perform a physical examination.
Recovery After the Procedure
The recovery period for a thigh lift takes up to one or two weeks. Patients must not immediately indulge in physical activity after the surgery. Instead, it will be necessary to wait for at least four weeks and up to six weeks, avoiding strenuous activities like running and playing sports.
Drainage tubes may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain excess fluids and blood that may collect in the region. Sutures will be removed one to two weeks after the procedure during a follow-up visit, as will the drainage tubes.
Contact Our Office to Schedule Your Informative Consultation
If you would like sculpted thighs, the first step is contacting our office and setting up a thigh-lift consultation. Dr. Elias Gikas, a board-certified plastic surgeon with years of experience, will be available to answer your questions and get you started with the process.