Thigh lift surgery, or thighplasty, is a procedure that Dr. Howrigan provides for patients after significant weight loss. The surgery removes excess skin and tissue on the thighs, improving their contours and reducing overall circumference.
Patients who have undergone massive weight loss are the most common candidates for a thigh lift in Boston. These patients present undesirable conditions such as redundant skin and persistent fat on the inner thighs. If you're considering a thigh lift, you should be a non-smoker (quit at least six weeks before surgery) and be motivated to improve your appearance.
During a consultation with Dr. Howrigan, you can find out if a thigh lift in Boston can help achieve your cosmetic goals. The doctor will explain the risks, benefits and other important details, so you have enough information to make an informed choice.
This surgery is typically performed on an outpatient basis. It requires about 2-3 hours under general (or local) anesthesia. In some cases, Dr. Howrigan may recommend liposuction alone to address the problem. In other cases, where loose skin is the primary indication, a full thigh lift is necessary.
An incision is made in the inner leg crease, minimizing scar visibility. Through skin resection and liposuction, the thighs are contoured to exhibit a smoother, slimmer shape.
Once the sutures are in place, the doctor will wrap the incisions in gauze and tape. Surgical drains are placed to remove any fluid that accumulates. A special compression garment will also be provided to promote skin contraction and minimize swelling.
Walking is usually advised about two days after surgery. However, light exercise will usually need to be postponed for at least two weeks.
Recovery after a thigh lift in Boston is approximately 4-6 weeks, which can vary depending your individual circumstances and surgical plan. Some procedures are performed in stages, so ask your plastic surgeon when you can expect to return to your normal routine.
What questions do you have about body contouring? Get the answers you need during a consultation with Boston area plastic surgeon Peggy Howrigan M.D. Contact us by phone or email to learn more about plastic surgery and the other services we provide.