Individuals who have undergone massive weight loss surgery are often left with undesirable problem areas, including loose, sagging skin on the thighs. At Brevard Plastic Surgery & Skin Treatment Center in Melbourne, Florida, owner and founder Roxanne J. Guy, M.D., F.A.C.S. performs thigh lift surgery. Offering sensitivity and compassion, our body contouring surgeon can help patients achieve their desired results.
The thigh lift procedure is designed to remove excess skin and fat from specific areas of the thighs that are often seen in post-bariatric surgery or massive weight loss patients. During an appointment with Dr. Guy, you will discuss your problem areas, and should you qualify for thigh lift surgery, she will create a personalized treatment plan. Based on your particular case, you may require one or more surgical visits. Typically, the medial thighs and the lateral thighs and buttocks have the most excess skin.
Thigh Lift Procedures
Dr. Guy performs several variations of thigh lifts. She may recommend the medial thigh lift, or the lateral thigh and buttock lift. Some of these lifts may be so-called “extended” lifts, which will require more skin tightening and excision and, therefore, longer incisions. The thigh lift procedures are performed to remove excess skin and sometimes also fat from the upper legs, thighs and buttocks. They are complicated procedures that can take three to seven hours under general anesthesia and involve a difficult recovery period of four to six weeks, but they offer an improvement in appearance for patients who have lost significant amounts of weight due to diet, exercise, massive weight loss or bariatric surgery, or who have loose, inelastic skin for other reasons. Thigh lifts can tighten and tone the buttocks, hips and thighs. The procedure is often combined with others such as breast lifts, facelifts and arm lifts to regain a proper body proportion.
During the procedure, skin is lifted from underlying tissue and fat is removed where necessary, and the skin is sutured closed. Surgical tubes may be needed for several days to drain any fluid, and patients may need to wear compression garments for a few weeks to facilitate faster healing and smoother contours.
After surgery, our Melbourne thigh lift patients are encouraged to walk as soon as they are able, although strenuous activities must be limited for about a month. Results are visible immediately.
Medial Thigh and Lateral Thigh and Buttock Lifts
Some of the most commonly performed thigh lift surgery procedures include the medial (inner) thigh lift and the lateral thigh and buttock lift (“thighplasties”). The incisions for the medial thigh lift are usually placed in the groin creases and the upper-inner thigh crease. The lateral thigh and buttock lift incisions are just above the buttock crease and around the lower hip. If combined with a tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, this constitutes a full lower body lift. If extened thigh lifts are needed to remove severe excess skin, incisions may be needed down the medial thigh to the medial knee areas. Stubborn pockets of fat may be removed through liposuction (“lipoplasty”). In addition, Viera, Melbourne, and Vero thgh lift patients may be interested in other body lifting surgeries or facelift surgery (“rhytidectomy”) in order to reduce the appearance of loose jowls on the face.
Dr. Guy’s patient results are available in before and after body contouring photos. Furthermore, our 3D imaging system allows patients to view potential results prior to surgery. You may gain further insight to the care provided at Brevard Plastic Surgery & Skin Treatment Center by reading patient testimonials.
Body Sculpting Professional on the Florida Central Coast
Our highly qualified thigh lift surgery expert has more than 28 years of experience and was the 2007 President and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Dr. Guy is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), as well as a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) and the ASPS. Additionally, she has made several media appearances, including Oprah, Leeza, Jenny Jones, and the Today Show.
Prospective Vero, Melbourne, and Viera thigh lift patients may call (321) 727-1600 or send an e-mail to schedule an appointment with Dr. Guy. For added convenience, patient registration forms are available to print prior to your visit.