A thigh lift is used to elevate the fat and skin of the thighs.
Thigh lift surgery is performed in order to elevate the fat and skin of the thighs to create a slimmer and more youthful appearance. During the procedure, Dr. William J. Koenig will remove excess tissue from the thighs, including fat and loose skin. Sagging thighs will be rejuvenated as a result of this body contouring procedure.
The tone and laxity of the skin on the thighs can be affected by many factors, including age, genetics, and weight history. Men and women who have lost significant amounts of weight, either from weight loss surgeries or by natural means, will often see an excess of leftover, loose skin hanging around the thighs. Prospective patients of thigh lift surgery can vary widely in the degree and severity of the amount of excess skin.
A board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Koenig's experience and gentle bedside manner help put patients at ease and build an uncommon level of trust. He meticulously customizes each procedure, and sculpts beautiful results that consistently exceed his patients' expectations.
For the right patients, thigh lift surgery has much to offer. The thigh lift procedure can be used to tone and trim away excess fat and skin from thighs. Patients may feel more fit and confident and appear more youthful. If they have recently lost a significant amount of weight, thigh lift patients can use this surgery to regain more contoured legs. For some patients, a thigh lift may give them the confidence to wear skirts and shorts again.
Individual results may vary.
Before your thigh lift surgery can take place, Dr. Koenig will evaluate your eligibility for the procedure. Typically, this includes a conversation about your previous medical history, any current medical conditions you may have that might delay healing, previous surgeries, and current medications and supplements you are taking. Dr. Koenig will also assess the degree of skin laxity and the amount of fatty tissue around the thighs to help him customize the best approach to suit your individual needs.
As part of the consultation process, Dr. Koenig will discuss your expected surgical results. Some thigh lift patients decide to maximize their results by adding other body contouring surgeries, however Dr. Koenig will discuss your personal surgical options with you during your thigh lift consultation to see if this is possible.
To be considered a good candidate for thigh lift surgery, you should be in good overall health, not smoke, and have realistic expectations for your personal results. To be an ideal thigh lift patient, you should also be experiencing sagging, excess tissue around your thighs. If you have thicker thighs without lost elasticity from the skin, you may be a better candidate for liposuction alone if skin removal is not necessary. Discuss your options with Dr. Koenig to get his professional opinion and to decide if you would be a good candidate for a thigh lift surgery.
Thigh lift surgery is typically performed under general or sedation anesthesia. On average, Dr. Koenig will complete thigh lift surgeries between two and three hours, however this depends on each patient's situation. To begin, he will make an incision slightly below the bikini line, through which fat and skin can be removed. Liposuction may be used to remove moderate amounts of fatty tissue based on the patient's physicality. Once this is completed, the skin will be tightened and the incisions will be sutured closed. For many patients, drainage tubes will be used to help alleviate the build-up of excess fluids in the early hours and days of healing.
Following thigh lift surgery, patients may return home with drainage tubes in place. They will likely be removed at a follow-up visit with Dr. Koenig about two to three days after surgery. Swelling, bruising, and a feeling of tightness are common side effects of the thigh lift procedure, all of which will subside on their own and can be managed with prescribed pain medication. Patients will also be asked to wear a compression garment on each thigh during the healing process. Typically, thigh lift patients are able to get up and start moving around one week after surgery. It may take two weeks or more before patients can return to work and often up to six weeks before other activities can be resumed. Discuss your personal healing timeframe with Dr. Koenig for clarification.
At the Quatela Center for Plastic Surgery, Dr. William J. Koenig provides thigh lift patients with personalized and customized care to deliver the results they are hoping for. As a board certified plastic surgeon who specializes exclusively in body procedures, Dr. Koenig offers his patients experience and expertise in body contouring surgeries like the thigh lift procedure.
Most thigh lift surgeries take two to three hours for Dr. Koenig to perform.
Most patients are advised to expect to be off from work for about two weeks before they are able to return. However, patients with physical jobs that require movement, athleticism, or long periods of standing may be asked to stay out of work for longer to ensure full and proper healing.
Dr. Koenig performs all of his outpatient surgeries at the Lindsay House Surgery Center, a fully licensed multi-specialty ambulatory surgery center located at the Quatela Center in Rochester, New York.
Every surgery can leave behind a scar. With thigh lift surgery, the scars tend to be well hidden in the natural creases of the groin but some patients require a scar down the inside of the leg for best results. Scarring can take up to 12 months to fully heal, however Dr. Koenig offers embrace® Advanced Scar Therapy to reduce the appearance and aid in the healing of scars from surgical procedures.
In order to tone and trim the thigh area, Dr. Koenig will remove excess loose skin and sometimes built up fat cells. Liposuction may be added to the procedure to help smooth away unwanted fat cells.
The Quatela Center's reputation as one of New York's finest cosmetic plastic surgery practices attracts patients to Rochester from throughout the state. Choose one of the locations below for driving directions to our practice.
Read about the latest news and advances in the cosmetic industry from experts you can trust.Get Your E-Book
Read about the latest news and advances in the cosmetic industry from experts you can trust.get your e-book