Thigh Lift in Chicago, IL

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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 amount of time you had extra weight and how much of that weight you lost, hanging skin can be an added concern if the skin wasn't able to mold to the smaller shape and size of your body. The thighs are specific areas of trouble for a lot of people. Chicago native and board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Saeed Chowdhry offers surgical thigh lifts (also called thighplasty) at SAC Plastic Surgery, which trims loose skin on the outer or inner thighs to reveal a firmer, more contoured look. Thighplasty surgery has increased in popularity since it can give natural-looking results for anyone who doesn't want hanging skin on the thighs.

Ideal Candidates

A thigh lift is a skin tightening and removal treatment that improves the appearance of hanging 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 patients 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, wrinkly, or loose skin on your upper thighs (whether it's the outer or inner thighs or both), thigh lift surgery can be an ideal option. Please remember that if cellulite is the main concern, Dr. Chowdhry can recommend different treatments that are designed to help decrease its appearance.

Surgical Technique

For thigh lift surgery, general anesthesia is typically required. 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 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 SAC Plastic Surgery corrects excess skin in the thigh area for a tighter, shapelier, more contoured look.

What to Expect

Thigh lift surgery takes an average of 2 – 3 hours to perform. After the procedure is finished, you will be monitored and assessed before you are allowed to go home to begin your recovery. There is typically bruising, swelling, and discomfort 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. Wound care instructions given by Dr. Chowdhry will help your surgical incision to heal well. Although patients will have some scarring, the improved contour and shape of your legs can help you raise your self-esteem so you can flaunt your thighs with pride.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does thigh lift surgery cost?
The cost of your thigh lift will be based on different factors, like facility fees, tests, and anesthesia. As soon as Dr. Chowdhry has developed your custom thigh lift treatment plan during your consultation, he can estimate your costs. SAC Plastic Surgery will help you locate low-interest financing, which can help make your thighplasty more affordable so you are able to concentrate on working with an experienced medical doctor like Dr. Chowdhry.

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 improve the visibility of cellulite and stretch marks on your thighs. If you're interested in addressing stretch marks or cellulite, let Dr. Chowdhry know at your consultation so he can adjust your treatment plan to fit 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. Chowdhry recommends you be at or near a sustainable weight prior to thigh lift surgery so it's easy to maintain your results. Significant weight changes or pregnancy following your thigh lift can alter your appearance. At your consultation, Dr. Chowdhry will discuss ways to make your results last.

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. Thighplasties are also a common part of after weight loss surgery or a mommy makeover. In your initial consultation, talk to Dr. Chowdhry 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 for fat reduction and skin tightening, 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. Chowdhry to give you more information in your initial consultation. He will discuss the pros and cons of surgical and nonsurgical thigh treatment options, plus his opinion on which would be the best fit for your needs.

Get Tighter, Toned Thighs

When you notice sagging skin on your inner or outer thighs that creates embarrassment or anxiety, we encourage you to contact SAC Plastic Surgery in Oak Lawn, IL to find out more about thighplasty. It's typical for patients to combine a thigh lift surgery with one or more contouring surgeries, particularly procedures that correct nearby areas, such as a tummy tuck or a lift for the lower body, based on your individual wants. Schedule your appointment with Dr. Chowdhry to obtain the slimmer physique you desire.

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