If thighs are bulky from muscles or thick bones, plastic surgery won’t trim them. If thighs are large because of excess fat and/or skin, they may be reduced and thinned by liposuction, thighplasty/thighlift, or a combination of these procedures.
Thighs, flanks, and buttocks bulge with fat on many women. These areas hold fat as stored energy. Hormones contribute to accumulation of fat in these un-aesthetic areas. It is often difficult to shrink bulging or thick thighs. If your skin is elastic and healthy, and your body weight near normal, liposuction removes disproportionate bulges and trims size and shape of your thighs. Dr. Laverson removes fat from upper inner thighs so skin is not touching, from outer thighs so silhouette is smooth from above hips to lower thighs, and from flanks (between waist and hips) for longer trim body. Your waist is narrowed, “muffin top” is gone, and contour is smooth from waist to hips. Liposuction is NOT for weight reduction. Weight control can be accomplished by our 10 to 1 decision/diet. Areas of extra fat or “cellulite” without sagging or loose skin can usually be thinned well with liposuction. Sometimes, liposuction of outer thighs and thighplasty of inner thighs are combined, or both inner and outer thighs can be lifted. You wake up from the procedure wearing a custom fitted Medical Z elegant compression garment that will help smooth your skin surface over the treated area. Dr. Laverson recommends you re-apply the garment after showering, and use it to apply gently compression for two to three weeks following liposuction. Swelling may be dramatic for several weeks following liposuction, and slowly resolves. By three to six months, most swelling is gone, but the skin continues to soften and “shrink” for up to a year after the procedure.
Thigh Lift / Thighplasty
If you have lost significant weight or have loose mobile skin of the upper and/or lower thighs, liposuction will not produce a good result. Instead, a procedure should be individually designed to remove the skin excess and tighten the skin envelope around your thighs. The amount and location of skin redundancy is variable among individuals, so each operation is unique, and carefully marked and measured beforehand. Thigh Lift and Thighplasty are the same operation with two different names, but there are two popular methods with two different scar patterns. One of these is a crescent type skin removal with a scar in the perineal-thigh and inguinal crease only. That method is best if excess skin is localized to a smaller area at the very top of the inner thigh. The second method is best if excess skin extends further down the thigh, because it removes skin from the middle and even lower inner thigh if necessary. A hockey stick shaped incision is concealed in the inguinal crease, then Dr. Laverson extends the scar down along a line between the inner thigh and the back of the thigh, a border that he believes is best hidden in most positions and in most types of clothing. The scar is extended only long enough to remove the excess skin. These are major procedures, performed under general anesthesia in a fully accredited ambulatory surgery center. Results can be dramatic! Liposuction involves less recovery than thigh plasty, and few if any visible scars. Scars after thighplasty must be minimized and hidden, requiring careful surgical technique, post-surgical garments, and specialized taping across the scar for several months following thigh lift. Because every patient is different, Dr. Laverson designs the procedure to achieve your best possible result.