People who lose a significant amount of weight can be left with loose non-elastic skin which can have not only aesthetic consequences but can also cause several functional problems. The inner and outer thigh is a primary region for storing extra fat. Once the weight in this area is lost, the extra skin can be surgically removed during a thigh lift. A firmer body with an improved contour and silhouette is created to improve appearance, function, and self-confidence.
The Artistry of Thigh Lift
Who is the good candidate for an thigh lift?
Thigh lifts are a category of plastic surgeries indicated for people who have undergone significant weight loss and would like to remove loose bothersome extra skin. Some people experience chafing due to excess thigh fat and this hinders walking and exercise. By excising or “lifting” this redundant sagging skin, the body part is left with an aesthetically pleasing shape which is firmer to the touch and more functional during physical activity. Liposuction is often performed during the procedure to enhance the amount of skin that can be removed. Good candidates for this procedure should have realistic expectations about their results, be in general good health, and be able to undergo anesthesia.
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Procedure techniques & scars
During a thigh lift, the incision can be hidden along the creases of the body to give a natural and smooth look. The choice of ideal scar location (and length) will be determined and discussed during your consultation with Dr. Mok. Through the incisions, Dr. Mok removes stubborn fat, tightens and lifts the underlying tissues, and removes excess skin. The skin is then reapplied over the new contours of the thighs to give a firmer look.
Thigh lift incisions can vary in length depending on the amount of correction that is required. Most incisions start in the groin area and are hidden as much as possible. In other cases, incisions may extend down the inside of the leg or curve around the back of the thighs.
A thigh lift is performed with the purpose of removing excess skin and fat of the upper thigh. This is typically present after significant weight loss. During this procedure the upper thigh is reshaped to enhance the contours of the lower body. The thighs look firmer, taut, and overall more youthful. A more proportionate look is created to match the rest of the body. A thigh lift can be combined with other procedures to enhance these results.