The belly and hips seem to get all the attention when we talk about “problem areas.” But for many people, thighs are the one feature that bother them the most. Sagging skin and excess fat can draw attention away from your other features, making it uncomfortable to participate in certain sports and activities, and making it difficult to find clothing that fits and flatters.
Why a thigh lift?
A thigh lift can be performed both by itself and in conjunction with other procedures, depending upon an individual patient’s needs. The thighs take a lot of abuse from gravity and are prone to sagging skin. Men and women alike can benefit from treating these problem areas, resulting in better looking legs and a more sculpted overall appearance.
After weight loss
Many people opt for a thigh lift after losing a significant amount of weight. It can be performed as part of a body lift or with liposuction to achieve a more dramatic improvement when loose skin or excess fat is present in multiple areas. This is commonly known as body contouring after weight loss, which has significant benefits for those who’ve worked hard to lose weight but can’t achieve the shapely figure they once had due to stretching of the skin and stubborn fat deposits.
Genetics and aging
A thigh lift isn’t just for people who’ve lost weight, however. Many people inherit a larger thigh size that doesn’t fit the rest of their bodies. If your skin has lost its elasticity with time, you may be coping with loose skin and sagging that simply can’t be addressed with lifestyle changes or skin creams.
Addressing inner and outer thighs
Everyone’s figure is different, and while some need contouring on their inner thigh areas, others have excess skin and fat on the outer thighs (commonly known as saddle bags). Your plastic surgeon can evaluate your individual needs and share her recommendation based upon your unique shape.
Can’t I just get liposuction?
In some cases, a patient may only have some excess fat in the thighs that can be removed with liposuction or Smartlipo™. If your skin is still elastic and firm, this may be all that’s needed. But, for those with sagging skin, a thigh lift can help restore an attractive, smooth contour that isn’t possible with excess skin.
If your thighs bother you, there’s a good chance a plastic surgeon can help. Contact the experts at Monarch Plastic Surgery to learn about your options for getting a slimmer, more sculpted body. Request your consultation today!