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After a dramatic amount of weight loss, saggy inner thigh skin could be your new reality.
It’s great that you’ve shed the pounds, now you just need the finishing touch of thigh skin removal surgery to complement your efforts. If thigh skin folds on your legs are making you feel self-conscious after massive weight loss, then it may be time to consider doing something about it with a thigh lift procedure. Dr. Timothy Zelko’s inner thigh lift surgery is designed to remove extra skin on the thigh area so you can feel more comfortable in your body.
Removing loose thigh skin not only provides surgical skin reduction to make legs appear more shapely but also makes it easier to see muscle definition that is hidden behind excess hanging skin that just gets in the way. Thighplasty may be the jumpstart that is needed to continue your weight loss efforts by going to the gym now that it’s possible to reveal muscle tone.
After the dramatic changes you’ve seen in your body following a weight loss, it’s frustrating to see loose skin.
The ideal candidate for thigh lift surgery is someone that has lost weight already. You should be at or near your ideal body weight. Patients should also be able to maintain a healthy body weight before undergoing elective skin removal procedures. You should maintain a stable body weight for a minimum of 6 months before considering thigh skin reduction or other skin removal procedures.
Most patients consider a body lift or tummy tuck after weight loss surgery to get rid of loose abdominal skin after having a weight loss procedure such as gastric bypass or bariatric surgery.
If you’ve already had an abdominoplasty procedure, then addressing saggy thighs may be next on your wishlist. You’ll need to allow time between the two procedures so that the body can heal.
However, some patients are bothered more by loose thigh skin than excess abdominal skin, and thus get a thigh lift as their first cosmetic skin removal surgery. Be advised that if you are considering a lower body lift or belt lipectomy as well as a thigh lift, it is best to get the abdominal skin removal procedure done first before addressing the thighs. A small amount of lifting may occur during a body lift that helps thighs look better, to a degree. Then, a thigh lift puts the final touches on your lower half so you can embrace your new figure with confidence.
Dr. Zelko places a vertical incision on the inner thigh. The length of the incision varies based on the extent of skin removal needed. He then trims away the excess thigh skin and neatly pulls the separated skin back together. The skin is carefully stitched closed to minimize the final appearance of the thigh lift scar. You may be required to wear compression garments after thigh lift surgery, alternately, bandages may be placed. Please follow all aftercare instructions to ensure proper healing. Dr. Zelko will follow up with you to ensure everything is going well after surgery.
Nicotine products should be avoided for several weeks before and after surgery to promote better healing and keep the risk of thigh lift complications low. Thigh lift downtime involves about 10 to 14 days off work and driving on average. The duration of time off work for thigh lift surgery varies. Patients with physically demanding jobs may require more time off work.
Sedentary roles such as office work can be resumed more quickly. You can return to driving once you feel comfortable and pain-free behind the wheel. While it’s tempting to start driving yourself places sooner, you need a full range of motion and the ability to reposition your legs quickly in order to brake, et cetera, so don’t rush it. It’s a temporary inconvenience that is well worth the thigh lift results.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons in 2019, the average cost of a thigh lift surgery is $5,171. However, anesthesia, operating room fees, and the extent of skin removal are likely to increase the final price, as the statistics from the ASPS only take the national average for the surgeon fee into consideration.
For those that are paying out of pocket for cosmetic surgery, we aim to make the thigh lift surgery cost more affordable with special financing plans for cosmetic surgery. You may also visit our Specials page to see if you are eligible for any cosmetic surgery discounts.
Discomfort is normal after any cosmetic surgery. You won’t feel any pain during the procedure itself since you will be under general anesthesia. Thighs are less painful to have loose skin removal surgery than some other parts of the body that are more sensitive by comparison. Prescription pain meds may be prescribed to alleviate pain after thigh lift surgery. Post-op discomfort tends to peak in the first 3 days, and then ease off. You should feel comfortable doing most daily activities in about 2 weeks.
Insurance usually does not cover thigh lift procedures, unless you meet certain criteria. Post-weight loss patients that have medically proven problems related to hanging thigh skin, such as a chronic history of rashes and skin irritation in the skin folds, may in some cases be eligible for insurance coverage. Please contact your insurance provider directly for more information.
With 15 years as a cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Timothy Zelko has helped thousands of patients remove sagging skin after weight loss procedures. Contact our office today to schedule a personalized consultation. We have two locations in Greenfield and Naperville, Wisconsin, also serving nearby Chicago, Milwaukee, and elsewhere in the Midwest.
If you are searching for a cosmetic surgeon in Milwaukee, Chicago, or the Midwest, Zelko Aesthetics has offices in Naperville, IL, and Greenfield, WI to serve your needs.
8585 W Forest Home Ave #125, Greenfield, WI 53228
1323 Bond Street, Ste. #111,
Naperville, IL 60563
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