Thigh Lift Surgery (Thighplasty for Inner and/or Outer Thigh Skin Removal) – Leesburg, VA

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About Thigh Lift Surgery

Weight loss is an impressive accomplishment for anyone. In some cases, people who make it to their ideal weight occasionally require one additional thing to finalize their appearance. Based on the amount of time you had extra weight, and how much of that weight you lost, sagging skin can be an added issue if the skin wasn't able to mold to the smaller shape and size of the body. The thighs are specific areas of trouble for a lot of people. Leesburg, VA plastic surgeon Dr. Phillip Chang offers surgical thigh lifts (also called thighplasty) at Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center, which trims loose skin on the outer or inner thighs to reveal a firmer, more contoured look. Thighplasty surgery has increased in popularity since it can give natural-looking results for anyone who doesn't want hanging skin on the thighs. Call our Leesburg office to learn more. 

Ideal Candidates

A thigh lift is a skin tightening and removal treatment that improves the appearance of extra skin. Thighplasty is typically a post weight loss treatment. Thigh lift surgery is commonly used on people who have lost 100 or more pounds. It's also helpful for older women and men who are concerned about excess skin caused by natural aging, as well as women whose body shape changed from pregnancy and childbirth. If you have loose, wrinkly, or hanging skin on your upper thighs (whether it's the outer or inner thighs or both), thigh lift surgery can be helpful. Please remember that if cellulite is the bigger problem, Dr. Chang can recommend different treatments that are designed to help decrease the look of cellulite.

Surgical Technique

For thigh lift surgery, general anesthesia is commonly administered. A surgical incision is placed close to the top portion of the leg in the natural fold where the thigh attaches to the torso. The incision typically continues along to the mid section of the thigh. This permits enough space to perform surgical liposuction (if necessary) to eliminate stubborn pockets of fat and to trim the excess skin in the top thigh area. The skin will be stretched upward so it is tight and secured with sutures. In specific patients, an additional incision may be made underneath the butt or in the outer thigh area, based on the quantity of skin and tissue being addressed. Thigh lift surgery at Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center corrects the complete thigh area for a tighter, shapelier, more contoured look.

What to Expect

Thigh lift surgery takes an average of 2 – 3 hours to perform. After the procedure is done, you will be monitored and assessed before you are allowed to go home to begin your recovery. There is typically discomfort, bruising, and swelling during the first few days of recovery. In several days, many patients are able to get up and slowly walking, which is recommended for improved blood circulation and speedier healing. The full recovery time usually lasts around 6 – 8 weeks. Wound care instructions given by Dr. Chang will help your surgical incision to heal well. Although patients will have some scarring, the improved contour and shape of your legs can help you raise your self-esteem, and you can display your thighs with pride.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does thigh lift surgery cost?
The total cost of thigh lift surgery will include many fees, including those for the surgical facility, anesthesia, tests, and more. Once Dr. Chang has created your unique thigh lift surgical plan in your consultation, he will be better able to estimate your costs. Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center can help you find low-interest medical financing that will make your thigh lift surgery easy to afford, so you can focus on getting the results you want from a skilled plastic surgeon like Dr. Chang.

Will a thigh lift remove cellulite or stretch marks?
A thigh lift is the best choice to achieve nicely contoured and slimmer legs. Since the procedure calls for skin tightening and liposuction in cases of excessive fat deposits, it also improves the appearance of cellulite or other skin irregularities (like stretch marks) on the upper legs. If you are concerned about cellulite or stretch marks, let Dr. Chang know during your consultation, so he can customize your surgical plan to match your goals.

How long will my results last?
If you follow a healthy lifestyle that includes a proper diet and regular exercise, you should enjoy the results of your thigh lift for a long time. Dr. Chang advises that patients be at or near a healthy, stable weight before surgery so it is easy to maintain their results. Pregnancy or significant weight changes after a thighplasty can compromise your results. During your consultation, Dr. Chang will talk to you about what you can do to help your results last longer.

Can I combine a thigh lift with other surgeries?
Many patients combine a thigh lift with a tummy tuck or butt lift in a custom lower body lift. A thigh lift is also a common part of a mommy makeover or after weight loss surgery. During your consultation, talk to Dr. Chang about all your concerns and goals so he can create a treatment plan that give you the results you want.

What about a nonsurgical thigh lift?
While there are nonsurgical treatments to reduce fat in the body and tighten skin, they are best if you only need small improvements. Thigh lift surgery is the best way to address moderate to severe amount of loose skin and stubborn fat on your legs. If you are interested in nonsurgical options, ask Dr. Chang for more information during your consultation. He will tell you the benefits and drawbacks of both thigh lift surgery and nonsurgical options as well as his recommendation on which would be best for your goals.

Get Tighter, Toned Thighs

When you notice extra skin on your inner or outer thighs that creates embarrassment or anxiety, we encourage you to contact Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center in Leesburg, VA to find out more about thighplasty. It's typical for patients to combine a thigh lift surgery with one or more contouring surgeries, particularly surgeries that correct nearby areas including stomach surgery or a lift for the lower body, based on your individual cosmetic goals. Schedule your appointment with plastic surgeon Dr. Chang to get the slimmer look you want.

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