A thighplasty is a surgical procedure that improves the appearance of the thighs by removing excess skin and fat. Bariatric surgery is on the rise in Western societies. Although it causes patients to lose weight rapidly, this type of surgery can often lead to functional and aesthetic problems like excess skin and stubborn fat deposits. Surgical procedures after massive weight loss such as thighplasty improve patient quality of life by ridding them of redundant skin folds.
Dr. Ricardo Bonnor M.D., FACS, FASMBS at Texas Surgical Arts is a double board-certified surgeon who specializes in surgical procedures that help patients improve aesthetic appearance and comfort after achieving their weight-loss goals. Patients who are interested in a thighplasty can book a consultation with Dr. Bonnor to discuss their goals. Call (281) 579-5638 in the Houston, TX area or send us a message to book your appointment online.
- 1 About Thighplasty
- 2 What are the Benefits of Thighplasty?
- 3 Ideal Candidates for Thighplasty
- 4 Preparation for Thighplasty
- 5 How is Thighplasty Performed?
- 6 Recovery After Thighplasty
- 7 Corresponding & Complementary Procedures
- 8 Cost of Thighplasty in Houston, Texas?
- 9 References
The goal of a thighplasty is to improve the overall appearance of the thighs by addressing excess skin and fat. Redundant thigh tissue can not only cause difficulties conducting daily activities but can also lead to discomfort while walking, running, or using exercise equipment. Additionally, skin-to-skin rubbing can cause irritation, and folds of skin are likely to cause hygiene issues. Creases can harbor sweat, bacteria, and fungus which can lead to skin infections, such as intertrigo.  A thighplasty can be a life-changing procedure for patients struggling with the negative effects of massive weight loss.
Post-Bariatric Body Contouring
Post-bariatric body contouring is a group of procedures that are performed to correct the issues that occur after massive weight loss. These procedures are designed to remove excess skin and lingering fat, as well as improve the lines of the body and improve mobility. Each patient is different, and Dr. Bonnor will develop a customized treatment plan to address your specific needs.
What are the Benefits of Thighplasty?
Dr. Bonnor’s patients can experience the benefits of both inner and outer thigh contouring.
- Help patients who have lost a significant amount of weight in a short time period
- Remove loose, sagging skin on the thighs
- Address asymmetry and bulging in the thighs
- Improve comfort during movement
- Slim-down sagging or heavy-looking thighs
- Help you look your best in the clothing you love
Ideal Candidates for Thighplasty
Thighplasty is not for patients who are still actively losing weight. The ideal candidate for the surgery will be at or near their goal weight and must maintain that weight for at least six months prior to the procedure. Candidates for thighplasty should also be in good physical and mental health with realistic expectations for the outcome of the surgery.
Ideal Thighplasty Patients Have:
- Good to fair skin elasticity
- Localized fat deposits resistant to diet and exercise
- Loose skin that limits activities and wearing certain clothing
Preparation for Thighplasty
Dr. Bonnor will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for your procedure. Patients should stop smoking at least two weeks before and after surgery and avoid taking blood-thinning medications like ibuprofen, aspirin, and certain herbal supplements, as they can increase the risk of bleeding. Patients should also eat a healthy, balanced diet and stay hydrated to promote healing.
How is Thighplasty Performed?
Thighplasty is usually performed as an outpatient procedure, which means you will go home the same day. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia and takes 2-3 hours, depending on the extent of the work being done. There are different incision types, depending on the amount and location of excess skin and fat. The incisions are usually made along the natural creases of the body so that they can be easily hidden by clothing. The specific technique Dr. Bonnor will use for your thighplasty will be determined at your consultation.
Vertical Medial Thigh Lift
The vertical medial thigh lift method involves making an upward incision from the knee, as well as another incision at the groin. Dr. Bonnor tightens and lifts the skin of the inner thigh, as well as removing any excess skin and fat. The incisions are then closed with absorbable sutures, and the upper legs are secured in a compression garment to help with recovery.
Outer Thigh Lift
An outer thigh lift is ideal for patients who have excess skin and fat on the outside of their thighs. This type of thighplasty involves making an incision that starts at the groin and extends around the hip to the back. The incisions are usually well-concealed by clothing.
Liposuction removes fat deposits with a metal cannula attached to a vacuum device. It may be used in combination with a thigh lift to help contour the thighs. It is usually for patients with localized pockets of fat that refuse to go away after weight loss.
Recovery After Thighplasty
Recovery for most patients is around one week, but patients should always listen to their bodies and follow Dr. Bonnor’s instructions. You will wear a compression garment while you heal. This helps with the process and minimizes swelling. It’s important to take it easy during recovery and avoid any strenuous activity. Most patients are able to return to work within one to two weeks.
You will have follow-up appointments with Dr. Bonnor to monitor your healing progress. He will provide pain medication for your comfort, which should only be taken as instructed. He will also give you specific instructions on how to care for your incisions. It’s normal to have some swelling, bruising, and tightness after surgery. This will resolve over time. You may also have some numbness in the treated area, which is also normal and usually resolves within a few months.
Thighplasty is a relatively safe and straightforward procedure. Complications are rare but can include infection, bleeding, edema, and delayed healing. These can usually be resolved with medication or additional surgery.
Corresponding & Complementary Procedures
Patients who have lost massive amounts of weight may require additional body contouring procedures to get the best results. The most common procedures performed in conjunction with a thighplasty are an arm lift, breast lift, and tummy tuck. Liposuction may also be needed to contour other parts of the body.
Cost of Thighplasty in Houston, Texas?
The cost of thighplasty in Houston, Texas varies depending on the extent of the surgery and whether. We offer financing options . Call Texas Surgical Arts today to schedule your consultation at (281) 579-5638
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- Gusenoff, Jeffrey A. M.D.; Coon, Devin M.D.; Nayar, Harry M.D., M.B.E.; Kling, Russell E. B.A.; Rubin, J. Peter M.D.. Medial Thigh Lift in the Massive Weight Loss Population: Outcomes and Complications. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: January 2015 – Volume 135 – Issue 1 – p 98-106 doi: 10.1097/PRS.0000000000000772