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Thigh Lift Surgery

Most people would like to have thighs that are lean, firm, well-contoured, and proportionate with the rest of their body. For many, however, the effects of aging, gravity, fluctuations in weight, pregnancy, significant weight loss, and loss of skin elasticity can all contribute to laxity of the hip, thighs, and/or buttock areas.

The thigh lift, also known as thighplasty, is a surgical procedure to remove excess thigh skin and fat from the thigh to create a tighter, firmer, more toned thigh appearance. You may also desire this procedure if your thigh skin is saggy, flabby, and/or dimpled in appearance. The thigh lift can markedly improve the appearance of your thigh skin irregularities and contour, so you can show off your more slender and proportionate legs. This operation is done on both men and women. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Cosmetic Surgery National Data Bank, the number of thighplasty procedures performed has increased 344 percent in the last seven years.

The procedure may also be indicated if your thigh appearance improves dramatically when you lift the lax skin. For some patients, the body reflects the aging process, and a thigh lift can improve the appearance of the thighs and buttock. For others who have lost significant weight or have had bariatric surgery, they find themselves dealing with another problem: excess tissue and skin with associated rash and infection. If you are self-conscious about your lower body appearance, you may also want to look into this procedure.

Following thigh lift surgery, many patients experience an immediate improvement in self-esteem and discover a greater self-confidence. In addition, many also find greater access to different clothing styles and fashions and are less self-conscious at the gym, around the pool, or at the beach.

In many instances, Dr. Agha performs liposuction prior to the actual lift to reduce the appearance of larger thighs. A thigh lift can also be performed with other body contouring procedures, such as abdominoplasty, buttock enhancement, and a lower body lift.

Thigh Lift History

Over the past several decades, thigh lift surgery has undergone a significant evolution. Until 1988, almost all thigh lift procedures involved partial or total circumferential thigh excision and direct closure. The major problem with the early techniques was the wide, unsightly scars that migrated because of excess tension on the wound. Numerous maneuvers, including de-epithelialization of the lower flap, were attempted. Not until Dr. Lockwood described fascial anchoring in medial thigh lifts did reproducible results in thigh plasty become routine. Lockwood explained this concept with his description of the superficial fascial system (SFS) in the trunk and extremities and certain “zones of adherence” that must be released to obtain a long-lasting result. Nowadays, the thigh tissue is sutured to the underlying connective tissue after elevation to obtain long-lasting results.

Ideal Body Shape

The ideal thigh contour follows certain features that define an aesthetically beautiful and healthy figure. These include thighs that are proportionate to the buttocks, abdomen, and legs. The trunk and outer thighs follow an hour-glass silhouette with pleasing concavity of the waist raising to a smooth convexity of the outer thighs. From the back, the thigh is demarcated from the buttock with a well-defined fold. From the front, the thighs are smooth and conform to the mass of the underlying muscles. The inner thighs are firm and flat.

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