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Thigh Lift in Birmingham AL

Reduce Excess Skin and Fat from the Thighs

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If fitness routines and attempts to lose weight have not achieved your goals for a body that is firmer, more youthful-looking and more proportionate to your overall body image, a surgical lift may be right for you.

A Thigh Lift at Hedden & Gunn Plastic Surgery reshapes the thighs by reducing excess skin and fat, resulting in smoother skin and better-proportioned contours of the thighs and lower body.

Thigh lifts have grown increasingly popular in recent years for patients who have lost a large amount weight with a gastric bypass or other bariatric procedures. Our plastic surgeons in Birmingham, Alabama treat many men and women who choose body contouring as an important step in achieving a slimmer profile and a more pleasing body shape.

Thigh Lift Candidates

In general, candidates for a thigh lift are:

Thigh lifts are not intended strictly for the removal of excess fat. Liposuction alone can remove excess fat deposits where skin has good elasticity and is able to naturally conform to the new body contours. In cases where skin elasticity is poor, a combination of liposuction and thigh lift techniques may be recommended.

Your Thigh Lift Consultation

The success and safety of your procedure depends very much on your complete candidness during your thigh lift consultation. Be prepared to discuss:

Your thigh lift surgeon will also:

Thigh Lift Risks and Safety

Your plastic surgeon and/or staff will explain in detail the risks associated with surgery. The possible risks of a thigh lift include:

Thigh lift risks will be fully discussed prior to your consent. It's important that you address all of your concerns about risks with your plastic surgeon. You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure and any risks and potential complications.

Preparing for Thigh Lift Surgery

In preparing for thigh lift surgery, you may be asked to:

Thigh lift procedures are performed at our accredited Outpatient Surgery Facility in Birmingham, Alabama. Be sure to arrange for someone to drive you to and from surgery and stay with you for at least the first night after surgery.

Thigh Lift Procedure

Anesthesia options for thigh lift surgery include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best option for you.

Inner Thigh Lift Incision

One technique used for a thigh lift places incisions in the groin, extending downward and wrapping around the back of the thigh.

Another technique removes excess skin from the groin down to the knee using an incision along the inseam.

You may also qualify for a minimal incision inner thigh lift that involves an incision only in the groin area. Your plastic surgeon will determine what's appropriate for you.

Medial thigh lift before and after with incision location
Medial Thigh Lift incision

Outer Thigh Lift Incision

Improving the contours of the outer thigh may require an incision extending from the groin around the hip and across the back.

Advanced techniques usually allow incisions to be placed in strategic locations where they can be hidden by most types of clothing and swimsuits. However, incisions may be extensive.

Outer thigh lift before and after with incision location
Outer Thigh Lift incision

Closing the Incisions

Deep sutures within underlying tissues help to form and support the newly shaped contours. Sutures, skin adhesive tapes or clips may be used to close the skin incisions.

Thigh Lift Recovery

Dressings/bandages may be applied to your incisions following your thigh lift procedure.

Small, thin tubes may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain excess fluid or blood that may collect.

Your plastic surgeon will give you specific instructions on how to care for yourself after surgery. Following these instructions is essential to the success of your thigh lift. The instructions may include:

Seek medical attention immediately if you experience shortness of breath, chest pains or unusual heartbeats after going home. You may require hospitalization and additional treatment if any of these complications occur.

The surgical incisions should not be subjected to excessive force, swelling, abrasion or motion during the time of healing.

Thigh Lift Results

The results of a thigh lift with Dr. William Hedden, Dr. Stephen Gunn or Dr. Joshua Halka are visible almost immediately. However, it may take several months for the final results to fully develop.

Following a thigh lift, skin quality is improved both in appearance and feel.

Some visible scars will remain, but the overall results are long lasting, provided that you maintain a stable weight and general fitness.

As your body ages, it is natural to lose some firmness. However, most of your initial improvement should remain.

Although good results are expected from your procedure, there is no guarantee. In some situations, it may not be possible to achieve optimal results with a single surgical procedure and another surgery may be necessary.

Thigh Lift Words to Know

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Hedden and Gunn Plastic Surgery

A Thigh Lift improves your lower body contours by removing excess skin and fat, tightening the inner and outer thighs.

Birmingham, AL Office & Surgery Suites

Hedden & Gunn Plastic Surgery
140 Village Street
Birmingham, AL 35242
205-980-1744 or 800-HeddenMD
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* Dr. William Hedden, Dr. Stephen Gunn
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Questions About Body Contouring?

To find out more about contouring your body with a Thigh Lift, please contact the Birmingham, Alabama plastic surgeons at Hedden & Gunn.

To schedule your consultation at the earliest possible date, please call 205-980-1744.

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