Enjoy Refined, Shapely Legs with a Thigh Lift

A woman's thigh, partially covered by a green towelBecause the thighs are difficult to target, trim down, and tone with diet and exercise alone, a thigh lift is an ideal treatment for patients who are not happy with their thighs or those who have lost weight and are looking to further enhance their results.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Roger J. Oldham can perform a thigh lift to remove stubborn fat and skin and restore proportion to your lower body. A thigh lift can be performed on its own or in combination with the other body contouring procedures offered at our Bethesda, MD, practice for the most effective outcome.

What Is a Thigh Lift?

A thigh lift can remove small pockets of stubborn fat cells, cellulite, and excess skin in one surgery. Depending on the extent of your concerns, you can choose to undergo a traditional or an extended thigh lift.

Traditional

If you hope to address your inner thighs alone, a standard thigh lift may be right for you. During this traditional thigh lift, Dr. Oldham will create discreet horizontal incisions where the thigh meets the underwear line.

Extended

If you have sagging or loose skin that extends lower into your leg, an extended thigh lift may be more appropriate for your goals. In addition to the horizontal incisions that Dr. Oldham uses for traditional thigh lifts, he will create vertical incisions on the insides of your thighs to access a greater area during surgery.

As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Oldham can tailor your procedure to address as little or as much area as you would like.

Additionally, a thigh lift can be combined with other procedures such as a tummy tuck or liposuction for the most dramatic results.

Are You Considering a Thigh Lift?

In general, candidates for this procedure should be:

  • Healthy enough to undergo surgery
  • Non-smokers, or willing to quit smoking before surgery and during recovery
  • Non-drinkers, or willing to cut back on drinking to reduce the risk of complications
  • Committed to a healthy diet and exercise routine to ensure the results of their treatment are maintained

Because thigh lifts only extend to a concentrated treatment area, it is important to maintain realistic expectations about the surgery. If you have other cosmetic goals, discuss combining procedures with Dr. Oldham during your consultation.

The Surgical Procedure

Once you are under a safe and comfortable amount of sedation or general anesthesia, Dr. Oldham will create incisions on your thighs. The location and length of the incisions will depend on the extensiveness of the thigh lift you are undergoing. During the surgery, Dr. Oldham will:

  • Remove stubborn fat through the incisions
  • Tighten your skin over the treatment area
  • Tighten underlying muscles if necessary
  • Trim away excess skin

He will then close the sutures to begin your recovery.

What to Expect After Treatment

Once the effects of anesthesia wear off, you may feel some discomfort. This can be managed with prescription medication from Dr. Oldham. You will need a lot of bed rest during the first two days of your recovery, but can begin work and other activities within two weeks.

A thigh lift can help you enjoy smoother, tighter, and more toned legs. It can also improve your health and overall comfort, because the lack of excess skin will help you keep your skin free of irritation or chafing. Following a thigh lift, you can also enjoy a wider range of clothing options including shorts and bathing suits.

Slim Down Your Legs

A thigh lift is appropriate for virtually all patients who hide their thighs due to stubborn fat, cellulite, or excess skin. As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Oldham can tailor your procedure to address as little or as much area as you would like. To schedule your consultation at our practice, send us a message or call us at (301) 530-6100.

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