“Excess skin accumulates at the thighs mainly due to weight loss, but it can also occur naturally as skin sags with age and loss of collagen. Unfortunately, many who suffer from this feel forced to wear baggy, loose-fitting clothes because of embarrassment. A thigh lift can bring back the refined contour of the legs with precise removal and tightening of excess skin in this area.”
– Dr. Ravi Somayazula
Achieving firm, contoured thighs may seem impossible to you if you have excess skin and stubborn cellulite. Men and women alike struggle with this issue even if they maintain a healthy diet and exercise plan. Houston board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Ravi Somayazula helps his patients reshape their legs by removing excess skin and unwanted fat to achieve a smooth, natural, and youthful appearance.Thigh Lift Can Correct:
- Excess skin around the lower, middle and upper thighs
- Moderate fat removal in thighs (can be combined with liposuction)
At the Consultation
Dr. Ravi Somayazula and your patient care coordinator will spend ample time during the initial consultation discussing the various options and techniques tailored to you. Your goal thigh size and shape will be discussed, keeping your expectations in mind. A thorough examination will be performed to evaluate the current size and shape of your legs, as well as the amount of excess fat and loose or excess skin. If you are also struggling with excess fat around your thighs, Dr. Ravi Somayazula may recommend combining your thigh lift with liposuction. Dr. Ravi Somayazula has great bedside manner and encourages that you become thoroughly informed during the consultation in order to make a well-informed decision. Please be sure to set aside an hour to an hour and a half for your appointment.
“I researched several surgeons. I knew I wanted the surgery but was really nervous of a doctor completing my vision. Dr. Ravi made sure I was informed and knowledgeable about the procedure and what to expect all the way. He took the time with me and did not just assume.”
– B. J., Houston, TX
Who Is A Good Candidate?
Healthy, non-smoking individuals at a stable body weight who maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine are ideal candidates for a thigh lift. A thigh lift is often performed for men and women who have lost a large amount of weight and are now left with large amounts of loose and sagging skin around their thighs. A thigh lift can also be performed to address a loss of skin elasticity common with aging.
All patients are seen approximately two weeks prior to surgery for their pre-operative appointment. During that visit, all surgical consents are signed, photos are taken, and a detailed informational packet is provided with specific instructions for before and after surgery. A complete list of “dos and don’ts” is also reviewed. Patients receive prescriptions for an antibiotic, as well as pain and anti-nausea medications. Be prepared to follow all recommended pre-surgery and post-surgery instructions closely to ensure your best possible results.
Dr. Ravi recommends stopping the use of aspirin and all other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (such as Ibuprofen) for at least one week before and after surgery to prevent excessive bruising. Herbs and supplements should also be stopped for at least one week prior to surgery as they can interrupt healing. It is recommended that all patients stop smoking for at least four weeks before surgery and four weeks after surgery to minimize healing complications.
You may experience some swelling and bruising immediately after the surgery. Bandages or dressings will be applied to the incisions, as well as a compression garment to help with swelling. Additionally, some small tubes may be placed underneath the skin temporarily, in case of blood or fluid leakage.
It will take some time to fully recover from your thigh lift. Most men and women will need to take about two-three weeks off from work as their body heals. All normal activities and exercise can resume with Dr. Somayazula’s guidance at about six weeks after surgery.
As the skin of your thighs continues to heal, and bruising and swelling gradually fade, your legs will begin to look and feel slimmer, smoother, and younger. Dr. Somayazula’s patients are often thrilled with the results of their thigh lift and can’t wait to try on their favorite clothes and purchase new wardrobes.
We are happy to provide you with a basic overview of thigh lift surgery, but the Internet is certainly no substitute for a personal, in-depth consultation with our board certified plastic surgeon. Dr. Ravi Somayazula is here to guide you through all steps of an informed decision-making process and will map out a treatment plan that fits your individual needs. We invite you to visit our Houston, TX office or call us today at 281.242.1061 to schedule a consultation.
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