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A thigh lift, also referred to as thighplasty, is a surgical body contouring procedure that is performed to remove excess loose skin to give the thigh a tighter and more toned appearance. Cosmetic surgeon Dr. JoAnne Lopes offers thigh lift surgery for patients in Virginia Beach.
Thigh Lift Benefits
With aging and major weight loss, the skin of the thigh may loosen or sag. A thigh lift can help tighten the skin and remove fat to give an overall more contoured appearance.
Thigh lift can address your inner thighs or outer thighs and buttock area. In the case of the outer thigh and buttock area, a body lift is usually performed. This is usually in conjunction with an abdominoplasty. The tummy tuck can be performed at the same time or a different time as the outer thigh lift.
About Thigh Lifts
An inner thigh lift differs from the full circumferential lift. There are different techniques for performing an inner thigh lift. Some inner thigh lifts require an incision extending various distances down the inner thigh, sometimes even to the knee depending on your particular circumstance. This incision tends to heal very well and is not noticeable in most clothing and circumstances. Another technique that can be performed is a crescent incision in the groin area. This is usually associated with liposuction of the inner thigh. The type of technique that is chosen will depend on your evaluation and ultimate expectations. We will discuss this during your consultation.
Recovery from your inner thigh lift will be determined by the extent of your surgery, the amount of skin and fat removed, the type of incision, and the length of time you are sedated.
AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR A THIGH LIFT?
The best candidates for a thigh lift are healthy individuals with a stable weight. Thighs are commonly rich in fat deposits and losing muscle volume through aging often makes this area’s skin sag. This procedure is an option for individuals with excess soft tissue in the inner or outer thighs.
A thigh lift may not be the best for patients with medical conditions that impair healing. This procedure is also not recommended for smokers. Before considering a thigh lift procedure, commit to a healthy lifestyle without smoking for at least 4 to 6 weeks or drinking alcohol for at least 48 hours before and after the procedure.
YOUR THIGH LIFT CONSULTATION
During a thigh lift consultation, Dr. Lopes will evaluate the thighs and assess the amount of work needed to be done to achieve your appearance goals. She will discuss surgical techniques that can improve the tightness and volume of your thighs.
Be ready to provide your complete medical history to help Dr. Lopes plan a safe thigh lift procedure. You may need a few lab tests to confirm if you are eligible for the procedure. After finalizing your eligibility, Dr. Lopes will give special instructions to help you prepare for your thigh lift.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR A THIGH LIFT
Before a thigh lift procedure, set your time off work for five to seven days. You will need enough time to recover before you can resume work.
Secure your transportation going to the surgery center and going home. Bring a companion with you to get some assistance while your movement is restricted.
Prepare your resting area with enough pillows for support. It is important not to sleep on your stomach and add pillows under your head and under your knees to lessen stress on your thighs or groin.
Thigh Lift Video
Click on the photo box below to view this informative, procedural presentation including an introduction, an overview with illustrations indicating incisions and how the procedure is performed, how best to prepare and what to expect, and how to take care of yourself after the procedure.
Patients for Life
“I have been wanted to do this for years, everyone say ” Sharon you don’t need to do this” but I research it and found DR. Lopes, she sat with her and I had a great conversation about what I wanted to do. Now I’m so happy I finally got it done Her staff are the best. All my friends and family will know about her.”
Thigh Lift Recovery
Drains may or may not be placed depending on the type of surgery. Drains are used to drain fluid away from the incision site and promote decreased swelling and bruising. Absorbable sutures are usually used to close your incisions and water proof bandages are applied. A compression garment is usually worn for approximately 4 weeks after the surgery. Pain reliever and antibiotics will be prescribed.
Although heavy lifting and strenuous exercise are not permitted in the first 4 weeks after surgery, early ambulation is encouraged. Return to work is usually after 2 weeks of recovery. It is important to remember that no surgery can guarantee your satisfaction nor can then deny any risk factors. Complications can occur although not frequently and will be discussed with you prior to your surgery. Post-operative instructions will be provided following your thigh lift in Virginia Beach. Follow-up visits can also be scheduled to ensure you are healing properly or in case you experience any issues or complications.
Price And Payment Options
During your consultation with Dr. Lopes, our team will go over the detail of your thigh lift in Virginia Beach including the expected cost of your thigh lift. Our team can also go over the payment options available to you and the financing plans we accept.
Schedule A Consultaion
Contact the Cosmetic Surgery Center today to schedule a consultation for your thigh lift in Virginia Beach. Dr. JoAnne Lopes is a skilled and experienced cosmetic surgeon who can use her surgical expertise to give you the best possible results from your thighplasty in Norfolk.