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Thigh Lift Surgery (Thighplasty for Inner and/or Outer Thigh Skin Removal) – Dartmouth, MA

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About Thigh Lift Surgery

Losing weight is a huge triumph for any individual. However, men and women who achieve their weight loss goals sometimes need one extra step to complete their physical transformation. Depending on how long you were overweight and how much weight you lost, extra skin may be a separate problem if the tissue was not able to adapt to the new size and shape of your body. The thighs are particularly an area of concern for many patients. Plastic surgeon Dr. Caroline Plamondon offers thigh lift surgery (known as thighplasty), which trims away excess skin on the inner and outer thighs to create a tighter, more contoured appearance. This surgery has risen in popularity because it offers natural results for patients battling loose skin on the thighs. Call Caroline J. Plamondon, M.D. Cosmetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery in Dartmouth, MA to learn more.

Ideal Candidates

Thighplasty is a skin removal and skin tightening procedure that addresses sagging skin. Thigh lift surgery is considered an after weight loss procedure. It is often performed on patients who have lost 100 pounds or more. It is also popular among older men and women who are battling loose skin due to age, as well as with women whose weight changed due to pregnancy. If you have wrinkly, hanging, or loose skin on the upper thighs (either the inner or outer thighs or both), this surgery may be an option. Please keep in mind that if cellulite is your main concern, Dr. Plamondon can suggest other procedures that can help reduce the appearance of cellulite.

Surgical Technique

During a thigh lift, general anesthesia is typically used. An incision is made near the top of the thigh in the natural crease where the thigh meets the torso. This incision usually extends down to the midway point of the thigh area. This allows enough room to use liposuction (if needed) to remove isolated pockets of fat, as well as to trim away all loose skin at the top of the thigh area. The remaining skin will be pulled upward so it can be tightened and safely secured with sutures. In some cases, an incision may be necessary on the outer thigh area or underneath the buttocks, depending on the amount of tissue being removed. This surgery at Caroline J. Plamondon, M.D. Cosmetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery reshapes the entire thigh area, leaving a shapelier, tighter, more contoured appearance.

What to Expect

Thighplasty takes about 2 – 3 hours to complete. Once the surgery is over, you will be monitored and then sent home to recover. There is usually bruising, discomfort, and swelling during the first days of recovery. Within a few days, most patients are up and slowly walk around, which is necessary for circulation and healthy healing. The overall recovery period typically takes about 6 – 8 weeks. At-home wound care instructions provided by Dr. Plamondon will help the incision to heal properly. Even though there will be some scarring, the new shape and contour of your thighs will help you regain your self-confidence, and you can reveal your legs with pride.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does thigh lift surgery cost?
The total cost of thigh lift surgery will include many fees, including those for the surgical facility, anesthesia, tests, and more. Once Dr. Plamondon has created your unique thigh lift surgical plan in your consultation, she will be better able to estimate your costs. Caroline J. Plamondon, M.D. Cosmetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery can help you find low-interest medical financing that will make your thigh lift surgery easy to afford so you can focus on getting the results you want from a skilled plastic surgeon, like Dr. Plamondon.

Will a thigh lift remove cellulite or stretch marks?
A thigh lift is the best choice to achieve nicely contoured legs. Since the procedure calls for skin tightening and removing excess fat deposits, it also improves the appearance of cellulite or other skin irregularities (like stretch marks) on your upper legs. If you are concerned about cellulite or stretch marks, let Dr. Plamondon know during your consultation so she can customize your surgical plan to match your goals.

How long will my results last?
If you follow a healthy lifestyle that includes a proper diet and regular exercise, you should enjoy the results of your thigh lift for a long time. Dr. Plamondon advises you be at or near a stable weight before surgery so it is easy to maintain your results. Pregnancy or significant weight changes after a thighplasty can compromise your results. During your consultation, Dr. Plamondon will explain what you can do to make your results last longer.

Can I combine a thigh lift with other surgeries?
Many patients combine a thigh lift with a tummy tuck or butt lift for a custom lower body lift. A thigh lift is also a common part of a mommy makeover. During your consultation, talk to Dr. Plamondon about all your concerns and goals so she can create a treatment plan that gives you the results you want.

What about a nonsurgical thigh lift?
While there are nonsurgical treatments for skin tightening and fat reduction, they are ideal for small improvements. Thigh lift surgery is the best way to address moderate to severe amount of loose skin and stubborn fat on your legs. If you are interested in nonsurgical options, ask Dr. Plamondon for more information during your consultation. She will tell you the benefits and drawbacks of both thigh lift surgery and nonsurgical options, as well as her recommendation on which would be best for your goals.

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If you have hanging skin on your thighs that cause anxiety or embarrassment, we invite you to call Caroline J. Plamondon, M.D. Cosmetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery in Dartmouth, MA to learn more about thigh lift surgery. It is common for patients to combine this procedure with other body contouring procedures, especially ones that address the lower body, such as abdominoplasty or a lower body lift, depending on your specific goals. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Plamondon and get the tighter appearance you desire.

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