Thigh Lift Mobile, AL
Contouring of Inner or Outer Thighs
A thigh lift is a procedure that reshapes the inner or outer thighs. Also known as thighplasty, the surgery can treat loose skin, fat deposits, and poor shape in the upper legs.
At our Mobile cosmetic surgery office, thigh lift is a popular body contouring procedure, which is typically chosen by patients who have achieved major weight loss. With a thigh lift, Dr. Proffitt can help restore a slimmer, tighter, and smoother appearance in the thighs.
Who’s the Right Candidate for a Thigh Lift?
Most patients who seek thigh lift surgery are individuals who are bothered by:
- Fat deposits in the inner thighs
- Loose skin on inner/outer thighs
- Large thigh circumference
If you are bothered by the appearance of your thighs, and feel that it stands between you and a better body shape, then a thigh lift may be right for you. During a consultation, Dr. Proffitt can determine if thighplasty can meet your goals for improving body shape.
Your Thigh Lift Consultation in Mobile
If you’re considering a thigh lift, you should first meet with a board certified plastic surgeon to discuss your options. During a consultation at our Mobile Alabama cosmetic surgery practice, Dr. Proffitt can educate you about the risks, benefits and expected outcome of a thigh lift. To see the results of thigh lift surgery, you can review plastic surgery before and after photos.
If you’ve experienced major weight loss, Dr. Proffitt may recommend different procedures for body contouring such as body lift, tummy tuck, butt lift or liposuction. Some candidates may benefit from liposuction alone performed on the thighs, and you can discuss that option in your consultation.
How Thigh Lift Surgery Works
Performed here in Mobile, thigh lift surgery is an outpatient procedure that takes about 2 to 3 hours. A general anesthetic is typically used. At the beginning of the operation, Dr. Proffitt marks the areas that are planned for contouring.
During surgery, Dr. Proffitt will make incisions along the inner thighs extending toward the knees. He will then remove sagging loose skin in the thigh areas. If fat needs to be removed, the doctor will perform liposuction, as well.
In another thigh lift technique, the incision extends from the buttock around to the front in the groin crease. The scar is therefore kept within bathing suit or pantyline, the medial thigh is then lifted and suspended to the inner pelvic area. This is best for less looseness than is usually the case in massive weight loss.
After Thigh Lift Surgery
After surgery, patients can realize firmer, slimmer thighs, without uncomfortable loose skin. The initial recovery period is about 2 to 3 weeks. During recovery, patients usually need to rest and limit rigorous physical activity. Dr. Proffitt will provide specific instructions for post-op, including steps to keep the legs elevated and wear elastic compression garments to promote skin contraction.
When you’re ready to discuss thigh lift surgery after weight loss, please contact the Mobile, Alabama cosmetic surgery practice of Dr. Randy Proffitt. To inquire about an appointment, please get in touch with our staff by email or by calling 251-344-0322.
More information about Thigh Lift – by Dr. Randy Proffitt
A thigh lift is a very common plastic surgical procedure, especially after massive weight loss following gastric bypass or weight loss in general. There are two different kinds of people that I see, those who have looseness about the entire thigh area and/or those who have fullness and looseness on the outer thigh. There is a subset of people who have fullness on the inner thigh alone, which can be treated with liposuction alone. However if that looseness is severe, liposuction alone may result in skin that is even looser.
A medial thigh lift is done to pull the skin in the inner thigh area tighter. Generally liposuction is done in this area at the same time. This procedure is done under general anesthesia with the patient lying on their back. Once the excess skin is determined, liposuction is done on the inner thigh and then the excess skin is removed and the remaining skin is pulled up. The incision for this is done in the crease where the thigh meets the perineum extending from the buttock anterior to the groin area. This location of the scar is easily hidden in underwear and bathing suits. The skin actually is tacked to the pelvic bone to hold it in place over time. Most of the stitches are absorbable in this area and therefore won’t need to be removed. The biggest problem after this surgery is that the patient should refrain from sitting for approximately 3 weeks. With the hip bent or in the sitting position these sutures are placed under too much tension and could pull loose.
The patient with generalized looseness around the entire thigh after massive weight loss presents a different problem and is more extensive. In this instance, the excess skin and fat is removed in a circumferential manner around the thigh with the incision extending from the groin area along the inner thigh down to the knee. The redundant skin and fat is pulled from the posterior leg around to the front and the excess removed and then the remaining tissues are sewn back in place. This procedure requires leaving a drain in place for several days to 1-2 weeks. Postoperatively, a dressing is applied over the absorbable sutures and an ace wrap is placed around the patient’s thigh. After 3-4 days, the dressings can be removed and the patient can shower normally. The ace wrap has to be worn 24 hours a day, however. Patients are encouraged to walk early after the procedure to help prevent blood clots in the patient’s legs. It is recommended that the ace wraps be left in place until the drain is removed and the patient is placed into a knee length girdle so that compression in the thigh area continues for up to 6 weeks. The remaining scars heal very well on the inner thigh, therefore are not easily visible.
An outer thigh lift is frequently combined with and is similar to the buttock lift. In these instances, an incision is made at the level of the waist. If the thigh is the main area that needs to be lifted I use an instrument that frees up the skin and fat from the muscular layer all the way down to the knee on the side of the thigh as well as the back of the thigh and with the patient on their side in the operating room the leg is kept at an abducted position, which means that the legs are apart. They are held in this position with a pillow between the legs. This allows even more skin to be removed and a tighter close to be obtained. Once the excess skin and fat is removed, the remaining tissues are closed. By keeping the incision at the level of the waist it is easily hidden within clothes. This incision can be combined with an abdominoplasty towards the front and when combined in this manner it is considered a whole lower body lift as well as when it is extended around towards the midline in the back and the buttock is lifted at the same time. Usually at least one drain and sometimes more are left in place underneath the skin prior to closure. The sutures are absorbable and therefore will not need to be removed. In general, I like to place the patient in a compression girdle at the time of surgery. Early ambulation is encouraged in these people. It takes anywhere from 1 ½-2 hours to perform this surgery. It is done as an outpatient procedure. Postoperative results are very excellent.