Thigh Lift New York City
A healthy diet and regular exercise sometimes aren’t enough to attain ideal body contours, especially around the legs and thighs. Over time, the soft tissue around the thighs loses elasticity and may develop exercise-resistant fat. These cosmetic concerns are common in patients who’ve have lost significant weight, particularly after weight-loss surgery. No matter the cause, however, it can be discouraging for men and women to deal with sagging skin and stubborn fat, especially after committing to a healthy lifestyle.
To help create improved body shape, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Cangello offers a customized approach to thigh lift surgery, treating each patient individually. A surgical thigh lift is an effective solution for those struggling with excess fat and loose skin. With special detail paid to creating a natural and youthful shape, Dr. Cangello is able to help his patients look and feel their best.
To learn more about thigh lift treatment in NYC, contact Dr. Cangello at (212) 644-4416.
Ideal Candidates for a Thigh Lift
Healthy men and women who exhibit sagging skin and excess fat on the thighs, despite regular exercise and a healthy diet, are generally qualified for this benefits of this cosmetic procedure. Patients seeking a thigh lift typically have the following aesthetic issues in common:
- Loose skin on the inner and outer thighs
- Excess fat under the buttocks or near the hips, commonly known as “saddlebags”
- Stubborn fat that persists on the thighs despite weight-loss or toning efforts
- Irritation and chafing from excess skin on the thighs
Before recommending treatment. Dr. Cangello provides a thorough patient consultation to determine medical history and the extent of patients’ current concerns. In general, patients who see the most benefit from treatment are close to their ideal weight and are committed to a healthy lifestyle. Extreme changes in weight can adversely affect the long-term results of a thigh lift, which is why health and habits are important to evaluate before moving forward with surgery. A thigh lift should not be considered as a replacement for a beneficial diet and exercise routine, but it can greatly complement these for lasting aesthetic improvement.
Your Consultation for a Thigh Lift in NYC
Dr. David Cangello starts all patient treatment plans with informative in-office consultations. These create the perfect opportunity to help patients feel comfortable as they take the first steps toward thigh lift surgery and cosmetic body recontouring. This personal meeting allows patients to learn about what the procedure entails and whether they’re a good candidate. Dr. Cangello is highly rated among patients for their positive experiences both at their initial visit and throughout the surgical experience.
At your appointment, Dr. Cangello will examine the treatment area to determine which surgical technique would be most appropriate.
He also helps patients explore their full range of surgical options to address their needs. For example, some patients who may achieve the desired improvement with a less invasive procedure, such as liposuction. In other cases, excision of loose skin along with liposuction can provide ideal aesthetic results. By closely collaborating with patients, Dr. Cangello creates customized treatment plans that result in natural-looking enhancements.
Understanding Your Thigh Lift Surgery
Techniques vary in terms of the size and shape of the incision used to remove excess skin and fat. Your treatment can plan can include one of the following surgical methods:
Medial (Inner) Thigh Lift
This technique targets the inner thigh and is highly recommended for patients who have a hard time reducing excess inner thigh fat through diet and exercise. The medial thigh lift is commonly performed to correct skin laxity after massive weight loss. Patients who have a minor to moderate amount of excess sagging skin in the inner thigh, particularly limited to the upper inner thigh, may be candidates for a mini thigh lift, which limits the incision to the groin crease.
The incision used in this approach is located in the groin crease, so patients can wear shorts or skirts without worrying about visible scarring. Alternatively, patients who have a moderate to severe amount of excess skin or fat in the medial thigh area will also have an incision from the pubic area down to the inner aspect of the knee. Liposuction is often used to remove excess fat in conjunction with a medial thigh lift.
Lateral (Outer) Thigh Lift
This procedure is recommended for patients who have sagging skin on the outer thigh, particularly in the “saddlebag” or hip area. Often, the sagging skin is present in the posterior part of the thigh near the buttock as well, and the lateral lift targets all these problem areas. This procedure results in a scar that begins in the groin, goes around the hip and ends up in the buttock crease.
At the initial consultation, Dr. Cangello will discuss which particular technique will best meet the patient’s aesthetic goals.
FAQs About Thigh Lift Surgery
What Is Recovery Like After Thigh Lift Surgery?
After surgery, patients may have a drain placed in each thigh for a few days, which helps prevent the accumulation of fluid. The patient’s thighs will also be wrapped in compression garments during the recovery period. This reduces swelling and helps the body conform to its new contours.
It’s common for patients to experience some discomfort during the first week, but Dr. Cangello will prescribe pain medication to reduce any pain. Bruising and swelling should diminish significantly by around one month after surgery. Exercise and strenuous physical activity should be avoided for about 4-6 weeks. Patients will see a significant improvement in the appearance of their thighs after surgery, but full results will be evident after about 6 months as residual swelling dissipates.
Where Will My Thigh Lift Be Performed?
Dr. Cangello performs thigh lift surgery in his on-site operating room, which is fully accredited and meets strict standards of the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF). Dr. Cangello also has operating privileges at Lenox Hill Hospital and Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital in NYC in the event that your scheduled procedure requires a hospital visit.
For additional information about a cosmetic thigh lift and customized body contouring, call Dr. Cangello’s office at (212) 644-4416.