Seattle Thigh Lift Specialist – Dr. David Pratt
Also serving Bellevue, Tacoma, and Everett, WA Patients
A thigh lift can help people who find that diet and exercise have not given them the shapely thighs that they desire. Because women are more likely to store fat in the thighs and because women’s thighs are more often noticed by themselves and others, more women seek a thigh lift than men, but the procedure is available for anyone seeking slimmer thighs.
Is a Thigh Lift for You?
Bellevue, Tacoma and Seattle thigh lift patients often undergo the procedure in order to rid themselves of excess, sagging skin in the thighs. If you are relatively young, with good skin tone, but have a great deal of fat in the thighs, liposuction may be a better procedure for you. And if it’s mainly cellulite that worries you, try non-invasive spa-style treatments like massage and Thermage (which can also be combined with liposuction for great results).
But if you’ve already lost fat, and your thighs have responded by becoming saggy and unattractive, rather than lean and svelte, a thigh lift may help.
The Thigh Lift Procedure
There are two types of thigh lift:
- The medial thigh lift, which improves the contours of the thigh utilizing an incision only in the groin area. These incisions (and the resulting scars) are well-concealed, like the infra-mammary incision for breast augmentation. Unfortunately, the amount of lifting that can be done with a medial thigh lift is limited.
- For greater lifting, an outer thigh lift may be required, in which an incision is made in the groin area and extending up and around the hip. In general, these incisions are made so they can be concealed under most underwear and swimsuits.
Once the necessary amount of skin (and sometimes fat) are removed, the incisions will be closed. Because the thigh is a dynamic location under the significant influence of both gravity and muscle action, it is often necessary to have two layers of sutures to preserve the contours of your thigh, with deep support sutures and surface sutures.
Thigh lifts are normally performed under general anesthesia as outpatient procedures. You should arrange to have someone drive you home from the procedure and stay with you at least the first night following your procedure.
Set up a schedule and a recovery area that will allow you some time to spend resting, followed by a gradual move back into activity. You will need to take some time off from work.
Results for Thigh Lift Patients
The results from your thigh lift should be immediately visible, dramatic and long lasting. As soon as you remove your compression garment, you will see your svelte, enticing thighs – no more unattractive hanging skin. And if you keep up with exercise and a healthy diet, these results will be essentially permanent, although subject to the continued effects of aging.