Unfortunately, once the skin’s elasticity has already been diminished, no amount of diet and exercise can restore it. Following a healthy diet and engaging in aerobic exercise can decrease a person’s overall body fat percentage. In addition, weight training can help increase muscle tone. However, none of these healthy practices will help eliminate sagging skin and localized fat from the thigh area once they have already developed.

Put a Stop to Sagging Skin

Today, there is a solution for sagging skin: thigh lift surgery in Newport Beach with Dr. Richard H. Lee. Dr. Lee offers thigh lift surgery to remove excess skin and fat from the thighs, providing patients with a sculpted contour in the upper-leg area. A thigh lift can help you get rid of sagging skin and stubborn fat for good. Call our office today to schedule a thigh lift consultation.

Who Is a Candidate for a Thigh Lift?

Thigh lift candidates should be in good overall health and have excess skin or fat along their thighs. This may be caused by age, weight loss, or genetics. To determine if you are a candidate, Dr. Lee will examine your thighs and review your medical history. Dr. Lee brings an artistic perspective to plastic surgery and will create a customized surgical plan to best address your concerns and create sculpted and slimmer thighs. 

Before & After

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What to Expect During Thigh Lift Surgery

A thigh lift is performed under general anesthesia, either on an outpatient basis or with an overnight stay. Once the general anesthesia has been administered for the patient’s comfort, Dr. Lee creates an incision on or near the thigh. The incision's exact length, pattern, and positioning vary, depending on the patient’s anatomical requirements and aesthetic objectives for surgery.

If the patient requires liposuction to remove excess fat from the thigh area, Dr. Lee does this first before making the needed surgical incision. One common thigh lift approach involves making the incision in the groin area. The incision extends down from the groin and wraps around the backside of the thigh. After creating the incision, Dr. Lee removes the excess skin and then places internal stitches to repair and tighten the underlying tissues.

He pulls the leftover skin taught and re-drapes it over the newly sculpted thigh area. Finally, he closes the incision with sutures and dresses the area in bandages as well as an overlying compression garment to reduce swelling and to provide additional support while healing.

Other thigh lift approaches include the modified medial thigh lift, which only requires a single incision in the groin area and is best suited for patients needing a lesser degree of body contouring throughout the thigh area. For patients who desire contouring throughout the outer thigh area, Dr. Lee places the required incision in the groin, extending around the outside of the hip. Again, Dr. Lee recommends a specific thigh lift and incision approach based on each patient's individual needs.

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Combining Your Thigh Lift with Other Procedures

Dr. Lee is an experienced body contouring surgeon who has helped many men and women achieve their ideal appearance. In some cases, he performs thigh lift at the same time as other procedures, such as arm lift, liposuction, tummy tuck, and mommy makeover surgery. This can help achieve a more full-body rejuvenation with only one period of downtime.

Your Recovery from a Thigh Lift

Before your surgery, Dr. Lee will provide you with detailed recovery instructions. It is important for you to follow these to aid your recovery. Some of the most important steps of the recovery process include:

  • Keep your bandages on for 72 hours after surgery, and rewrap them after showering
  • You can shower after 72 hours but should avoid baths or swimming for several weeks
  • Drainage tubes may be used and should be emptied regularly 
  • Regular activities, including working out, should be avoided for the first four weeks 

Dr. Lee will see you in his office for a follow-up appointment a week after your procedure. He will remove your drains and check in on the healing process to ensure it has gone as planned. Dr. Lee will be available to you throughout the recovery period to answer any questions you may have or address any concerns.

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Schedule a Thigh Lift Consultation

Dr. Richard H. Lee is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has years of experience performing thigh lift surgery at his Orange County practice. If you have been considering body contouring, you owe it to yourself to consult with a qualified, experienced surgeon.

Contact Richard H. Lee, MD Plastic Surgery, today for a consultation. Dr. Lee welcomes patients in Newport Beach, Santa Ana, Irvine, and nearby areas of California.

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