Chunky, dimpled thighs are the bane of many women’s – and even some men’s – existence. A thigh lift (thighplasty) can reduce excess skin and fat in the thigh and knee area, resulting in a redefined, slim and taut thigh that will look great in skinny jeans, mini-skirts and bathing suits.
What is thigh lift?
Thighplasty, also known as thigh lift or thigh reduction surgery is a procedure designed to remove flabby, sagging excess skin from the upper and inner thighs. Today’s modern thigh lift aims to create thighs that are proportionate to the buttocks, abs and legs. Ideally, the trunk and outer thighs should form an hour-glass silhouette and indent toward the waist, with a smooth outward curve to the outer thighs.
Who benefits from thigh lift surgery?
Hanging thigh skin is not only unsightly, causing the person to be self-conscious, but can also interfere with one’s ability to wear skirts or shorts. Having excess skin of the upper thighs can also cause discomfort from skin rash and irritation. Thigh lift surgery can offer patients the freedom of a lifestyle that they couldn’t enjoy otherwise.
How popular is thigh lift surgery?
The popularity of thigh lift surgery has soared according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and it is currently one of the more popular plastic surgery procedures. Thigh lift surgery is not exclusive to women either; many men also undergo thighplasty.
Reasons for thigh lift surgery
Many thigh lift surgery candidates are those who have developed thigh tissue laxity and flabbiness due to the natural effects of aging, genetic propensity, or years of sun damage. However, the majority of patients seeking thigh lift surgery are those who have lost a significant amount of weight through diet and exercise, or bariatric surgery. While these patients reap many benefits from their weight loss, unfortunately one of its consequences is sagging skin that hangs from the lower body, thighs and other parts of the body. Because their skin has lost its elasticity, no amount of diet or exercise can restore previous firmness and tone to this area.
How many thigh lifts do plastic surgeons perform per year?
According to data from the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (www.surgery.org), the average plastic surgeon performs 1-2 thigh lifts per year.
How many thigh lift surgeries were performed by Dr. Agha in 2009?
Last year, Dr. Agha performed over 40 thigh lift surgeries. These included Dr. Agha’s Spiral thigh lift as well as vertical thighplasty. Most of the procedures were done on weight loss patients.
Medications to avoid before thigh lift surgery
With exception of Tylenol, all other pain medications should be avoided for 2 weeks prior to any plastic surgery. This is because medications such as aspirin, motrin, naproxen, and indomethecin can increase your bleeding during and after your surgery. Also, many herbal supplements should be halted. For a full list, refer to your pre-operative instruction booklet.
How long does thigh lift surgery take to perform?
Depending on the type of thigh lift surgery chosen, Dr. Agha is able to complete most thigh lift procedures in about 2 to 3 hours.
Do insurance companies cover thigh lift surgery?
Typically most insurance policies consider thigh lift surgery as a cosmetic procedure. However, for those who have symptoms and signs of rash, moisture, cysts, infection, and/or ulcer, we have been able to obtain coverage for thigh lift surgery.
Call Plastic Surgery Body Contouring at 949-644-2442 to schedule your personal consultation to discuss your thigh lift procedure as well as any other personal enhancement options.