Body Lift & Thigh Lift in Houston, TX
Men and women who have lost a large amount of weight are often left with a lot of loose, sagging skin hanging from their bodies. A body and thigh lift can remove excess skin and create a trimmer and more toned appearance. Dr. Christopher Hankins performs body and thigh lift surgery for men and women in Houston, Pearland, Lake Jackson, and the surrounding areas of South Houston.
What is a Body and Thigh Lift?
A body and thigh lift is a combination of procedures designed to remove loose, sagging, or excess skin from the body following a large weight loss. This excess skin is typically unaffected by exercise or continued weight loss efforts. The surgery may be combined with other procedures such as liposuction, a tummy tuck, breast enhancement, or arm lift surgery to provide the patient with a more complete and comprehensive transformation.
Benefits of a Body and Thigh Lift
After you’ve worked so hard to lose a significant amount of weight, it can be disappointing to have to wear loose or baggy clothing because of excess skin. One of the biggest benefits of a body and thigh lift is that you have a much bigger selection of clothing to choose from and can finally wear tighter, better-fitting clothes to show off your new shape.
Other benefits include:
- Reshaping your waist, making it slimmer, and defining your curves
- Flatter, more toned tummy
- Trimmer thighs
- No more chafing from loose, sagging skin
- May tighten and lift buttocks area
- Increased self-esteem and more positive attitude about body image
How to Get a Thigh Gap
The term “thigh gap” refers to the empty space between your inner thighs when you stand with your feet and knees together. The look was made popular a few years ago, primarily by celebrities and super-thin models. With advancements in technology, it’s possible to create a thigh gap, using procedures like a thigh lift or liposuction. Keep in mind that no two bodies are the same. The same treatment applied to different women may have very different results.
Upper and Lower Body Lift
Sometimes full body lift surgery is referred to as an upper and lower body lift, although those procedures can also be performed separately. An upper body lift is indicated when the patient has most of the excess skin and fat on the upper part of the body, the arms, breasts, and upper stomach or back.
As you might guess, a lower body lift refers to the procedure used to remove loose skin from the lower extremities, thighs, lower abdomen, flanks (sides), and lower back.
In some cases of upper and lower body lifts, liposuction is used in conjunction with the surgery. During your initial consultation with Dr. Hankins, he’ll discuss all the options available to you and help you determine which procedure or combination of procedures is the best choice for you to achieve your desired results.
Inner and Outer Thigh Lifts
Trimming down the thighs through diet and exercise is generally very difficult for most women. The upper leg seems to be a naturally preferred deposit area for stubborn fat. The outer thighs often develop cellulite, causing that unwanted “cottage cheese” appearance to the skin.
Even after successful weight loss, the skin on the inner thighs may not contract well due to your skin’s elasticity. It can leave loose skin to rub together with each step, often causing painful irritation. Inner and outer thigh lift surgery can help. An inner thigh lift targets the inner thighs and involves removing excess fat and skin and tightening the remaining skin.
The outer thigh lift, sometimes called a bilateral thigh lift, is designed to improve the appearance of the front and outer portion of the thigh. This type of thigh lift is especially helpful if you have a large amount of excess skin in the thigh area. The procedure will leave you with tighter, smoother skin.
Body and Thigh Lift Recovery
Every person recovers differently, but generally, you’ll need approximately two weeks before you’ll be able to resume a normal daily routine and up to six weeks for more strenuous activities. Dr. Hankins may instruct you to wear a compression garment for several weeks to protect the area and reduce discomfort and body and/or leg swelling.
Dr. Hankins will also give you specific post-operative instructions following your procedure and our helpful staff will be on hand to help you monitor your recovery progress. You will also want to attend all follow-up appointments to ensure there are no complications.
How much does body/thigh lift surgery cost? Premier Plastic Surgery proudly offers financing options for our patients – call our office for pricing information.
Don’t feel as though your weight loss efforts were in vain. We can help get rid of the excess skin and help you reveal the body you fought so hard to create. To find out more about body and thigh lift surgery or to schedule an appointment for a free personal consultation, contact us and we’ll be happy to help. We proudly serve residents in Houston, Pearland, Lake Jackson, and the surrounding areas of South Houston.