Thigh lift surgery is an increasingly popular cosmetic surgery that removes excess fat and skin from the upper thighs. The number of thigh lifts, also known as thighplasty, have quadrupled since 2007 to help patients who have excess skin after major weight loss from bariatric surgery. A thigh lift by plastic surgeon Dr. Paresi at InsideLookMD of Chicago can surgically remove the loose, sagging skin on the inner and/or outer thighs for slimmer, well-contoured legs for patients who are at or near their healthy, stable weight.
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"Dr. Robert J Paresi is what you want in a plastic surgeon, professional and very knowledgeable, He was very attentive to me and my needs, pre and post surgery. It was a true pleasure every time we met. I highly recommend him to anyone seeking plastic surgery, especially if it’s in the same type as my procedure (Gynecomastia).The staff is beyond friendly, I am very pleased with my experience at Inside look Md of Chicago."- L.P. / Google / May 16, 2018
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"I absolutely am in love with my results! Dr. Paresi mad a dream, reality! Struggling thru adulthood with breasts that did not fit my body stature, I decided to see Dr. Paresi. Dr. Paresi helped me pick out implants that made me have the perfect natural appearance, and answered all my concerns, no matter how silly the question was. The day of surgery his staff was so attentive, right down to answering concerns after surgery. Friends keep asking me, what is different about you, but you look great!"- M.S. / Google / Apr 13, 2018
"I’m a 39 year old mother of two children I had a previous tummy tuck in 2013 done by another Plastic Surgeon. I was never quite happy with the results I always felt like I had no shape. After meeting Dr. Paresi he made me feel like what I wanted he could do. I had liposuction done to my waist,upper abs, outer thighs,arms and bra rolls. I am blown away with my results and I’m only 2 weeks from my first procedure. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Dr Paresi for any procedures he is very honest and makes you feel very comfortable to talk with. My husband and mother are both wanting to go see Dr Paresi after seeing my results."- N.I. / Google / Mar 18, 2018
A thigh lift is performed to address the inner thighs and/or outer thighs (lateral thigh lift). During an inner thigh lift, an incision is made near the top of the thigh (along the crease where the torso meets the leg) and runs down the inner aspect of the thigh. Once the incision is made, a large section of tissue is removed from the top inner thigh area, and any excess skin will be excised away. Liposuction may be used to sculpt the area into a more desirable contour. The soft tissue structures and muscle are pulled tight and secured to result in a more toned and smooth skin surface.
A thigh lift can often be combined with another body contouring procedure, especially if it involves another area of the lower body. A common combination surgery for patients is a thigh lift and butt lift. Patients who require an outer thigh lift will generally need to have the buttocks addressed as well. During this approach, the outer thighs are pulled up and tightened, then secured with sutures along the crease at the bottom of the buttocks. In addition to a tighter appearance, most patients see a drastic improvement in skin irregularities, such as dimples from cellulite.
All thigh lift surgeries are performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility as an outpatient procedure. They typically take around 2-3 hours to complete. However, it could take longer if it is combined with another procedure. Recovery will vary, but typically takes 6-8 weeks. Scarring will be a part of this procedure. With proper scar care they should heal nicely and fade over time. Patients will see a marked improvement in the contour of their thighs, as well as a smoother, firmer skin tone.
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A thigh lift improves the appearance of the skin on the thighs. Because the skin is pulled and tightened, a smoother, more toned look will result. Some patients find that this alone makes the surgery worth it. While the surgery doesn’t remove every imperfection, the improvement can be very dramatic for many patients.
Some patients fear that they will not be able to perform certain exercises (such as a lunge) after a thigh lift. This is false. Patients will need to make certain they are fully healed and gain approval from their surgeon before performing lower body exercises. Once healed, exercise will only help optimize the surgical outcome.
The results of a thigh lift can be very long lasting. However, any additional weight gain could compromise some of the aesthetic results gained of the surgery. Over time, age and gravity will cause some of the natural laxity within the thighs to decrease, but most of the improvement will be permanent.