Thigh Lift in Richmond, VA
Toned legs are attractive on men and women alike, but you don’t always have control over how good your thighs look. Heredity, age, weight loss, and other factors contribute to your ability to shape your legs with diet and exercise. A thigh lift gives you the extra level of correction you need to have great legs. Richmond Plastic Surgeons offers thigh lifts for men and women in Richmond, Midlothian and surrounding areas of Virginia.
What is a Thigh Lift?
If your goal with diet and exercise is to shape up your legs, you will see an improvement in the strength and muscular contours. But what can you do if you work hard, yet still have little bulges of fat or sagging loose skin? These two common problems among men and women in the Richmond area cannot be remedied by eating right and working out harder. The reason is because not all fat is alike and your skin does not have enough elasticity. Fortunately, both of these problems can be resolved with a thigh lift at Richmond Plastic Surgeons.
Benefits of a Thigh Lift
Our board-certified plastic surgeons may recommend a thigh lift to:
- Reduce the amount of skin that hangs or sags on your thighs
- Smooth out the skin
- Remove pockets of stubborn fat
- Improve the proportions of your thighs with your body
- Achieve a thigh gap
How to Get a Thigh Gap
Thigh gaps are popular topics in the media. A thigh gap means that when you stand straight with your legs together, you see an opening or space between your thighs. While some people cannot achieve a true thigh gap due to their anatomy, thigh lift surgery can help reduce the fat that exists on the inside of your thighs. That is the intent behind having a thigh gap. Thigh surgery eliminates extra fat on the inner and outer thighs, including the “saddle bag” area.
Who is the Ideal Candidate for a Thigh Lift?
The best candidate for thigh lift surgery is a man or woman who is close to their ideal weight and not looking for a weight loss solution. Often, candidates for a thigh lift have lost a significant amount of weight. Our board-certified plastic surgeons will discuss the procedure and collaborate with you to define a surgical plan that balances your personal goals and the realistic outcomes of the surgery.
What Do I Need to Do Before Having a Thigh Lift?
We first recommend that you try to tone your thighs through proper diet and exercise. This ensures that any fat remaining on your thighs is more stubborn in nature. However, if you have lost a significant amount of weight, this may not be effective. Once you have maintained a near-ideal weight for one year, schedule a personal consultation at Richmond Plastic Surgeons to learn about thigh lifts and the benefits for you.
What Should I Expect on The Day of My Thigh Lift?
A thigh lift removes excess skin and fat from the inner or outer areas of the thighs. Liposuction may be used as well to refine the results. Incision placement is based upon the area that is being addressed by the procedure.
- Inside the thigh from the groin area down to the upper knee
- From the groin to the outside of the hip
Once the incisions are made, the surgeon works to remove extra skin and fat while tightening the underlying muscles and tissues. The skin is pulled tight over the incision, and any excess is trimmed before closing the incision.
How Long Does It Take to Perform a Thigh Lift?
A thigh lift takes two to three hours.
What to Expect After a Thigh Lift
Compression bandages are placed over the thighs to minimize swelling and help the tissues heal properly. Someone will need to drive you home after the procedure. You will feel very tired for the first one to three days, and you will need to stay home to rest for seven to 10 days. You will be required to avoid laying down, so you will need to sit in bed with your upper body elevated. You can also stand during this time. Swelling and bruising will occur and last for up to one month. Full recovery takes four to six months.
Will I Have Scars After Getting a Thigh Lift?
You will have scars after thigh lift surgery. The scars are either in locations where most people will not notice or can be easily hidden with clothing.
When Will I See the Results?
Your thighs will have a slimmer and trimmer appearance right after the surgery. You will see full results once the swelling subsides in four to six months.
What Are Possible Complications of a Thigh Lift?
All surgeries have some degree of risk. Having your thigh lift surgery performed by one of our board-certified plastic surgeons will reduce the chances of developing:
- Loss of sensation in the skin
- Swelling along the incisions
- Excess bleeding
- Improper healing of the incision and excess scarring
- Blood clots
- Accumulation of fluid in the legs
How Long Will the Results of a Thigh Lift Last?
Because you are already committed to living a healthy, active lifestyle before your thigh lift surgery, you will enjoy the results of the procedure for many years. The most common factors that can affect the results of a thigh lift are aging, weight fluctuations, pregnancy and some medical conditions.
How Much Does a Thigh Lift Cost in Richmond?
Your medical insurance considers thigh lift surgery to be elective, so you are responsible for the cost. We provide a detailed cost after your consultation. Richmond Plastic Surgeons accepts several forms of payment, including CareCredit® financing.
Do you want toned thighs and a thigh gap? If you have tried diet and exercise but are still unhappy with your thighs, learn about thigh lift surgery at Richmond Plastic Surgeons. Contact us to schedule a consultation.