Tight and smooth skin has always been synonymous with youthfulness and health. Following a healthy diet and exercise regime is precisely what you should be doing to retain your health and youthfulness.
But unfortunately, even when you are at your ideal weight, you may find yourself with excess skin around the thighs. Weight fluctuations, aging, and pregnancy can lead to fat deposits and stretched skin on the outer and inner thighs.
For most people, not only could this restrict their choice of clothing, but it could lead to the avoidance of social gatherings like pool parties and trips to the beach, not to mention the development of a negative self-image.
What Causes Sagging Skin on My Thighs?
Before figuring out how to tighten the skin on your thighs after it becomes saggy, you first need to figure out what caused that sagginess. Here are the most common causes of loose skin on our bodies:
Aging: As you age, your muscles and skin lose their elasticity through a natural process caused by the loss of collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid, affecting everyone after the age of 35-45 years.
Rapid Or Significant Weight Loss: Reaching one’s target weight by shedding a significant amount of fat can result in loose skin that just won’t bounce back.
What Is a Thigh Lift?
A thigh lift tightens loose or sagging skin on the thighs that cannot be removed by diet and exercise alone. A thigh lift helps patients achieve firmer, more youthful-looking contours and thighs more in proportion to the rest of their body.
It’s important to know that a thigh lift is major surgery that can pose various risks, especially in the presence of underlying health issues or if you’re not at your goal weight.
Considering the invasive nature of the surgery, you should schedule a consultation with Dr. MacDonald to better understand the procedure before deciding to undergo one.
In this article, we review two of the most common types of thigh lift procedures, as well as their potential risks and cost.
Outer (Lateral) Thigh Lift
The outer thighs tend to hold fatty deposits in tight fibrous pockets, often called cellulite, which creates an uneven and bumpy appearance. An incision is made just above the hip extending outward toward the lower back to help pull and tighten the skin.
Inner (Medial) Thigh Lift
The inner thighs have very soft and stretchy skin that tends to create pouches of stubborn fat. A medial thigh lift is the most common form of this surgery, addressing sagging skin in your inner thighs through a well-hidden incision from your groin down toward your knee or the back of your thigh area.
Thigh Lift With Liposuction
To help smooth out the area to improve your contours, Dr. MacDonald will often perform liposuction in addition to your thigh lift surgery to help remove excess fat cells and prevent sagging skin.
Regardless of the type of procedure you are seeking, or the aesthetic goal you have in mind, getting the proper treatment is only possible through the support of an expert such as Dr. MacDonald. With expertise in cosmetic surgery, scar removal, and more, Dr. MacDonald will seek to understand your goals and find the best procedure for you. To begin your journey to your ideal appearance, contact us at (604) 288-8517 or request a consultation today.