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Thigh Lift in North Carolina

As one of many body-contouring procedures, the thigh lift in North Carolina is used to resolve excess skin or fat that results after massive weight loss. This procedure can satisfy your desire to reduce the circumference of your thighs as well as reduce sagging skin. The versatility of the thigh lift, or thighplasty, makes it possible to address these issues throughout the circumference of the thigh.

What Is a Thigh Lift?

Techniques that are used in the thigh lift include surgical excision and liposuction. With thigh lifting procedures, the goal is to achieve natural lines of contour in the thigh area, including a tauter skin surface as well as overall shape. For the thigh lift, this means reinstating the contour of the thighs by reducing the fatty tissue beneath the skin and reducing the amount of the overlying skin itself.

Who Can Benefit?

Those who have lost a significant number of pounds and are displeased with the amount of sagging skin that has accumulated around the thighs may benefit from a thigh lift. Ideal candidates for this procedure are non-smokers and are in good health. Candidates need to have reached a stable weight and be aware of the limitations of the surgery.

The Thigh Lift Procedure

The thigh lift is conducted in an outpatient setting, using either general or local anesthesia depending on the needs of the patient. Surgery time is estimated at 2-3 hours.

Before surgery begins, the plastic surgeon in NC will mark the areas to be treated. For issues in the upper medial thigh, the surgeon will make an incision from the groin area around the inner thigh to the buttock. The excess skin in this area is removed, the underlying tissue tightened, and the skin is re-draped. Liposuction may also be used, either before or during the thigh lift, to remove surplus fatty tissue. If the outside, or lateral area of the thigh, is to be addressed, the surgeon will make an incision at the top of the leg and along the bikini line.

Thigh Lift Aftercare

Recovery can take several weeks following a thigh lift in North Carolina. In order to support the healing process, you will be advised to begin walking as soon as the day following surgery. The tape and compression garment should be worn for 3-4 weeks, but check with your plastic surgery team for specific instructions. You can begin light exercise at about two weeks.

Learn More about Thighplasty in Raleigh-Durham

If you are interested in learning how the thigh lift in North Carolina can work for you or someone you know, please give us a call here at the UNC Aesthetic, Laser & Burn Center in the Plastic Surgery Division to set up a consultation with one of our surgeons. They are excited about the opportunity to answer your questions and to help you make informed decisions regarding your individual goals for cosmetic surgery.

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