After significant weight loss, the skin around the midsection and thighs is often left loose and sagging. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Smith understands that this can be frustrating after the achievement of losing such a large amount of weight. He performs body contouring procedures such as the medial thigh lift to provide his Orange County patients with a smooth and firm appearance that complements their new, slimmer contours.
Orange County women and men trust Dr. Andrew Smith for remarkable body contouring results and an uncommon level of care. Request a FREE surgical consultation or call our office at (949) 653-7000 to schedule your appointment.
What a Thigh Lift Can Do for You
Thigh lift is performed to lift and tighten lax skin of the thighs and buttocks. The ideal candidate for thigh lift surgery:
- Has excess tissue resulting from weight loss
- Has sagging and wrinkling on the thighs and buttocks
- Is at a stable, healthy weight
Dr. Smith will go over all of your options so that you can make an informed decision. He may also discuss combining procedures such as an arm lift or tummy tuck so you can get the maximum benefit from your body contouring surgery.
Thigh lift surgery is performed on an outpatient basis using general anesthesia for your comfort and safety. Patients with a small to moderate amount of excess tissue may be candidates for an incision hidden in the groin crease. Larger amounts of redundant tissue may require an incision along the inner thigh. Liposuction is often used during surgery to remove residual fatty deposits and optimize your results.
Your Recovery and Beyond
Your thighs will be wrapped in compression garments to enhance your comfort and promote healing. You will be encouraged to walk around almost immediately to promote circulation and help prevent blood clots. You can expect some degree of swelling, bruising, and discomfort, but medication should help with this. Dr. Smith or one of his team will call you the evening of your surgery, and you will return to Dr. Smith’s office the day after your surgery for follow up.
Most people find that recovery takes 1 to 2 weeks, and that they are ready to return to work in 2 to 4 weeks. As you recover, Dr. Smith and his support staff will be available at all times to answer your questions or address any problems you may have.