Outer Thigh Lift in Long Beach

A variety of factors can impact the shape, size, and smoothness of your upper thighs, include genetics, sun exposure, photodamage, weight fluctuations, pregnancy, and age.

As your body ages, it produces less collagen and elastin. These two protein molecules are responsible for the structure and elasticity of your skin. Loss of structure and elasticity can create sagging skin along your thighs. An outer thigh lift in Long Beach at The Waltzman Institute is a body contouring procedure that targets areas along the outer thigh and sometimes includes the buttocks.

What Is an Outer Thigh Lift?

A thigh lift is a cosmetic procedure that improves the shape, size, and tone of your thighs. The surgery is also called a thighplasty, and it might be considered when you have had significant weight fluctuations.

An outer thigh lift reshapes the area by removing excess skin. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Josh Waltzman could combine the lift with liposuction to remove excess fat deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise. The result is smoother skin and thighs that are in better proportion to your overall body size.

A thigh lift removes excess skin, while liposuction alone can remove excess fat deposits. The combination of the two procedures can have more dramatic results.

Am I a Good Candidate?

An outer thigh lift could be the right choice for people with excessive soft tissue in the outer (lateral) side area. Ideal candidates will not have medical conditions that could slow or impair healing or that might increase the risk of anesthesia or surgery.

People who may be good candidates for an outer thigh lift in Long Beach must have achieved their desired weight and maintained it for roughly six months. Any significant weight gain or weight loss can affect the surgical results.

Good candidates must also have realistic expectations of what the surgery can accomplish and the resulting scars. Dr. Waltzman will spend time with you to fully explain the surgical procedure and your expected results. It is also crucial to lead a healthy lifestyle, including proper fitness and nutrition.

Finally, candidates must be non-smokers or must eliminate any nicotine within six weeks before and after surgery. Nicotine increases the risk of complications during and after surgery, including slowed healing and infections. This includes any type of nicotine device, including tobacco, chewing tobacco, vaping, nicotine gum, and nicotine patches.

How Is an Outer Thigh Lift Performed?

A bilateral thigh lift or outer thigh lift addresses more than just the upper legs. The procedure is typically performed at the same time as a lower body lift and tummy tuck.  The incision usually goes around the entire body at the level of the waistline.  Using advanced techniques, Dr. Waltzman can strategically place incisions where most types of clothing and swimsuits will hide the scars. During the procedure, the excess skin over the buttocks and waist can also be removed, fat deposits extracted, and deeper tissue tightened.

An outer thigh lift in Long Beach is done under general anesthesia. Incision lines will be closed with several layers of sutures, and typically dressed with an adhesive tape. The results are almost immediately visible, but in the first several weeks, they are usually obscured by some normal swelling and bruising.

What to Expect During Recovery

After surgery, you will receive explicit instructions on how to care for yourself and your wound. You will have dressings along the incisions and drains to help remove excess blood and fluid from accumulating underneath the sutures, which reduces the risk of infection and speeds healing.

You will be taught how to take care of the drains before going home, and these will be removed during a follow-up appointment with Dr. Waltzman.

An outer thigh lift is a major procedure, so you will need recovery time off work. The length of your recovery time depends on the extent of your surgery and your overall health. Follow your post-operative instructions carefully is crucial to reduce the risk of complications, including infection. The surgical incisions should not be subjected to force or friction during healing. This includes avoiding any strenuous activity until the incisions are fully healed.

Learn More About an Outer Thigh Lift in Long Beach

Excess skin and fat tissue can make it difficult to find clothes that fit well and negatively influence your self-image. You may feel uncomfortable in shorts or bathing suits, which can limit your activities. We encourage you to call today and schedule a consultation to learn more about an outer thigh lift in Long Beach. Dr. Waltzman can work with you to create a personalized plan that could achieve your desired results.