Over the years, people tend to focus on different cosmetic surgical procedures, with an eye toward improving their looks. While much of the news in the area relates to facial procedures and breast augmentation, there are numerous additional avenues that are available, depending upon your particular concerns.
One of the cosmetic procedures that has gained in popularity over the last decade or so is the thigh lift. We noted in our blog last year (Latest Trends in Plastic Surgery) that there has been a dramatic increase in the number of people who have opted to have a thigh lift. That increase stands at around 65% between the year 2000 and last year.
What is a Thigh Lift?
A thigh lift is designed to reshape your thighs. The result is accomplished by reducing the amount of excess skin in the area. In some cases, this is coupled with the removal of fat. The end result of a thigh lift is smoother skin, better contours, and better proportions.
A thigh lift is not the same as liposuction, although liposuction may be involved. And in some cases, where your skin has good elasticity but there is excess fat, liposuction alone may provide an excellent result. But the thigh lift itself is not intended solely for excess fat removal.
The ideal candidate for a thigh lift is a person
- whose weight has been relatively stable; who has excess soft tissue along their inner and/or outer thigh;
- who does not suffer from serious medical conditions that could adversely affect the healing process or present an increased risk for surgery;
- who will commit to a healthy lifestyle, particularly as it relates to diet and exercise; and
- who has realistic goals about what the procedure can accomplish. When considering your goals, ask your doctor to show you before and after pictures; this can provide you with a terrific opportunity to see what a thigh lift has accomplished for others.
Recovery will include dressing or bandages for your incisions, perhaps a compression garment to reduce swelling, and in some cases tubes to drain excess fluid. Talk to your surgeon about how much down time you can expect, and when you will be able to resume your normal activities.