Many women (and some men) find it difficult to shed weight from their upper legs. Fatty thighs can be stubbornly resistant to exercise, are more noticeable after weight loss, and are a visible sign of ageing in larger people. The thighs are a natural repository of cellulite, fat cells and excess skin accumulation, resulting in a heavier appearance that is further exacerbated when wearing swimwear or revealing clothing. A thigh lift will balance the overall physique, restore confidence and potentially lead to greater intimacy.
A thigh lift removes accumulated excess skin, tissue and fat, helping patients achieve attractive and firm upper legs. As with all cosmetic and plastic surgery undertaken by Dr Ellis Choy, your thigh lift is the result of a personalised plan, tailored to your unique needs and surgical goals. A thigh lift will have you looking and feeling better, but should not be seen as a total replacement for healthy exercise and dietary habits.
Eligibility for a thigh lift
There are a range of factors leading to weight gain. Successful thigh lift outcomes are determined by surgery along with lifestyle and behaviour modifications that keep you looking great long after the surgery is complete. Candidates for a thigh lift need to fulfil a range of conditions.
- Unwanted skin, fat or soft tissue on the thighs
- Achieve weight loss goals and maintain stable weight prior to surgery
- Be in good general health
- Stop smoking for a prescribed time before and after surgery
- Avoid heavy alcohol consumption
- Commit to a regimen of diet and exercise
- Have realistic expectations of thigh lift surgery results
Choosing the right surgeon
As with any cosmetic or plastic surgery, the results will reflect the ability of the doctor performing the operation. It’s important to feel confident in the expertise of your chosen doctor. As a highly qualified and experienced surgeon, Dr Ellis Choy is an expert in the field, attaining the highest levels of practice at some of the world’s leading universities, hospitals and surgical institutes.
Your surgeon should also show empathy, listen to your concerns and provide the confidence required to take the next step in your thigh lift surgery. In this regard, Dr Choy is also eminently qualified and takes all the time required to dispel any of your concerns about the surgery. He is a member of several prestigious professional organisations dedicated to the art of plastic and cosmetic surgery, and has gained an impressive reputation for quality work and patient satisfaction.
Dr Choy’s services are in demand, and he performs surgery at his dedicated clinical facility in Sydney as well as the best hospital environments in regional New South Wales.
Techniques used for a thigh lift
There are several types of thigh lifts to remove excess skin, tissue and fat. The condition of your thighs will determine incision placements, taking into consideration your unique shape. Patients with greater amounts of fat, tissue and skin to be removed will usually require more complex incisions. Everyone is different, and your thigh lift surgery is personalised to provide optimum results. Some thigh lift methods include:
- Inner thigh lift: In this surgery an incision is made where the thigh and pubic area meet. Unwanted fat and tissue is removed, remaining skin tightened and the resulting scar conveniently hidden.
- Mini thigh lift: This is an ideal solution for people with sagging skin tissue in the upper thigh. There is minimal scarring caused by a small incision near the groin, and the operation results in a faster recovery period.
- Bilateral thigh lift: This lift tightens sagging skin on the outside and front of the thigh. A ‘V’ shaped incision is created at the top of the leg and is concealed beneath underwear. A bilateral lift will smooth both sides of the leg and is useful in situations where patients have undergone extreme weight loss.
- Medial thigh lift: This procedure also assists patients after extreme weight loss by re-shaping and tightening skin near the top of the inner thigh. An incision is made near the groin, possibly extending to the buttock crease or hip region.
In all cases, excess fat, skin and tissue is removed, resulting in shapelier legs and a proportionate physique. The cost of thigh lift surgery is determined by the procedure itself, along with any medications and supplies required for recovery and after-care.
Recovery and after-care
Thigh Lift surgery is performed under general anaesthesia, meaning you will be asleep during the operation. You will wake to find the incisions bandaged and the likely addition of drains to release unwanted fluid accumulation. A compression garment will hold incisions in place while your thighs begin to heal.
There will be soreness, although Dr Choy can prescribe suitable pain relief medication along with information about behaviour modifications that assist healing. Once you are able to walk relatively freely, you can return home with the assistance of a designated driver.
Short walks around your home will assist with healing, as will adequate rest, often with the positioning of pillows to relieve pressure on the legs. Within a couple of days, you will be able to shower and wash your thighs, and a return to work or regular activities is possible within a few weeks. Gentle exercise can be commenced soon after.
Swelling and bruising will slowly diminish and scarring will gradually fade during the ensuing months. After-care is monitored during follow-ups with Dr Choy, and any initial surgery trepidation will gradually be replaced by new-found confidence and appeal courtesy of your now great looking legs.
These thigh lift before and after photos will provide the inspiration required to take the next step toward a greatly improved appearance.