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Thigh Lift in Long Beach & Los Alamitos, CA

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About Thigh Lift Surgery

Weight loss is an impressive accomplishment for anyone. In some cases, people who make it to their ideal weight occasionally require one additional thing to finalize their appearance. Based on the length of time you had the extra weight and how much of that weight you lost, excess skin can be an added difficulty. Sometimes the skin isn't able to mold to the smaller shape and size of the body. The thighs are specific areas of trouble for a lot of people. Los Alamitos, CA plastic surgeon William P. Aiello offers surgical thigh lifts (also called thighplasty) at Ocean Plastic Surgery Center that trim loose skin on the outer or inner thighs to reveal a firmer, more contoured look. Thighplasty has increased in popularity since it can give natural-looking results for anyone who doesn't want hanging skin on the thighs.

Ideal Candidates for Thigh Lift

A thigh lift is a skin tightening and removal treatment that improves the appearance of excess skin. Thighplasty is typically a post weight loss treatment. Thigh lift surgery is commonly used on people who have lost 100 or more pounds. It's also helpful for older people who are concerned about excess skin caused by natural aging, as well as women whose body shape changed from pregnancy and childbirth. If you have hanging, loose, or wrinkly skin on your upper thighs (whether it's the outer or inner thighs or both), thigh lift surgery can be a good option. Please remember that if cellulite is the bigger problem, Dr. Aiello can recommend different treatments that are designed to help decrease the look of cellulite.

Surgical Technique for Thigh Lifts

For thigh lift surgery, general anesthesia is commonly administered. A surgical incision is placed close to the top portion of the leg in the natural fold where the thigh attaches to the torso. The incision typically continues along to the midsection of the thigh. This permits enough space to perform surgical liposuction (if necessary) to eliminate stubborn pockets of fat and to trim the excess skin in the top thigh area. The skin will be stretched upward so it is tight and then secured with sutures. In specific patients, an additional incision may be made underneath the butt or in the outer thigh area based on the quantity of skin and tissue being addressed. Thigh lift surgery at Ocean Plastic Surgery Center corrects the complete thigh area for a tighter, shapelier, more contoured look.

What to Expect from a Thigh Lift

Thigh lift surgery takes an average of 2 – 3 hours to perform. After the procedure is done, you will be monitored and assessed before you are allowed to go home to begin your recovery. There is typically swelling, discomfort, and bruising during the first few days of recovery. In several days, many patients are able to get up and slowly walk, which is recommended for improved blood circulation and speedier healing. The full recovery time usually lasts around 6 – 8 weeks. Dr. Aiello will give you wound-care instructions to help your surgical incisions heal well. Although patients will have some scarring, the improved contour and shape of your legs can help raise your self-esteem, and you can show off your thighs with pride.

Frequently Asked Questions for Thigh Lifts

How much does thigh lift surgery cost?
Your cost for a thigh lift will be based on different factors, like tests, anesthesia, etc. As soon as Dr. Aiello has developed your custom thigh lift treatment plan during your consultation, he can then estimate your costs. Ocean Plastic Surgery Center will help you locate low-interest financing, which can help make your thighplasty more affordable. Knowing your procedure can be affordable will allow you to concentrate on working with an experienced plastic surgeon, like Dr. Aiello.

Will a thigh lift remove cellulite or stretch marks?
Thigh lift surgery is a great way to slim the contour and improve the appearance of your legs. Since a thigh lift includes tightening the skin and correcting stubborn fat pockets, it can somewhat improve the visibility of cellulite and stretch marks on your thighs. If you're interested in addressing stretch marks or cellulite, let Dr. Aiello know in your consultation so he can adjust your treatment plan to meet all of your goals.

How long will my results last?
After your surgery, if you stay healthy with regular exercise and a balanced diet, you should maintain your thigh lift results for many years. Dr. Aiello recommends you be at or near a healthy weight prior to thigh lift surgery so it's easy to keep your results. Significant weight changes or pregnancy following your thigh lift can alter your appearance. In your consultation, Dr. Aiello will discuss ways to help maintain your surgical results.

Can I combine a thigh lift with other surgeries?
You may consider combining a thigh lift with a butt lift or tummy tuck to create a lower body lift. Thighplasty is also a common part of an after weight loss surgery or a mommy makeover. In your initial consultation, talk to Dr. Aiello about your wants and goals so he can develop a comprehensive surgical plan that gives you the best results.

What about a nonsurgical thigh lift?
Although there are nonsurgical options to tone your skin and reduce fat, these can only offer mild improvements. A thighplasty is the best way to correct significant amounts of excess skin and stubborn pockets of fat on your thighs. If you're considering nonsurgical procedures, ask Dr. Aiello to give you more information in your initial consultation. He will discuss the pros and cons of surgical and nonsurgical thigh treatment options, as well as his opinion on which would be the best fit for your needs.

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Tighter, smoother Thighs

If you notice excess skin on your inner or outer thighs that creates embarrassment or anxiety, we encourage you to contact Ocean Plastic Surgery Center in Los Alamitos, CA to find out more about thighplasty. It's common for patients to combine thigh lift surgery with one or more contouring surgeries to correct nearby areas, including stomach surgery or a lift for the lower body. Schedule your appointment with Dr. Aiello to get the slimmer look you want.

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