Losing weight is an undeniably great thing: not only have you done something that’ll ensure long-term health and self-esteem benefits, but you also look better. At least, with your clothes on.
Because, as anyone of a certain age who has lost a lot of weight will tell you, you may discover that while the fat has gone from certain areas, the skin – which gradually loses its elasticity over time – has refused to snap back into place. And you may find that your face, neck, upper arms, breasts, abdomen, buttocks and thighs are now lumpy and misshapen. Let’s concentrate what we can do about your thighs for now…
What is a thigh lift?
A thigh lift – known in the trade as a thighplasty – involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the thigh area, in order to restore natural shape and tone. There are three specific types of thighplasty:
An inner lift, which involves an incision in the groin fold, and then a lifting of the skin and tissue in the thigh. This is the most common procedure, for people with moderate skin and fat deposits.
A vertical lift, which involves an incision from the groin to the inner knee to allow a greater lift of skin and tissue. This procedure is appropriate for more significant skin and fat deposits.
An outer lift, which involves an incision from the groin and around the hip. This is usually deployed in cases of extreme weight loss.
How long does it take?
The procedure takes between two to three hours, and is under general anaesthetic. After the procedure, you will be requested to take fourteen days off work, depending on what you do. You will be advised not to drive for six weeks.
For more information on thighplasty, please consult our post weight loss surgery section or contact us to book a consultation.