Excess Fat Deposits, Loose Skin, Weak Muscles and Stretch
It is quite common for people who have lost quite a bit of
weight, such as a person who has been on a very effective diet program or those who have had gastric bypass surgery
to have excess skin that hangs around the thighs. People may also experience this same problem
because of the effects of gravity and age. The thighplasty procedure contours skin in
the thigh area that is saggy and dimpled and lifts it to provide a more pleasing look. The thigh is reshaped, excess fat and skin
are removed and the thigh ends up with a more toned appearance that is more attractive.
Most patients will have a thighplasty in an outpatient facility and the anesthesia
used is usually general anesthesia. Prior to the procedure, the surgeon and patient will work together to determine the actual design
of the incisions to best meet the patient’s needs. Small incisions that go from the buttock crease to the anterior
part of the thigh crease are usually the pattern used. The excess skin and any excess fat are removed
and the incision is closed up with sutures. This procedure is often performed in
conjunction with other cosmetic procedures suth as a buttock lift. However, if additional procedures like
that are combined with the thighplasty, the incisions may be longer and it will take a longer time under the
surgeon’s knife. As you
consult with your plastic surgeon, be sure to ask questions about the procedure and how it can meet your
People who have serious health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes,
clinically diagnosed obesity or blood clotting disorders should not have a thighplasty procedure.
As with most cosmetic procedures, insurance generally does not cover a
thighplasty. The national
average for this procedure is from $4429 to $4829. Items included in the cost are the cost of the
surgical facility, the surgeon’s fees, costs for the anesthesiologist and the anesthesia, and any medical tests
that may be needed. .
Every surgical procedure has the inherent possibility of complications such as
allergic reactions to the anesthetic, excessive bleeding, or excessive scarring. Some of the complications that accompany a
thighplasty are temporary swelling, numbness, bruising, or discomfort, which usually dissipate within a few
days. If the sutured area has
problems with healing, improper or poor healing can cause additional issues such as excessive scarring or problems
with skin layers separating at the points of suture. Patients may also experience hematoma or a
seroma, accumulation of fluids, a rare occurrence. If you experience
serious adverse effects or painful symptoms, your Physician will prescribe you an appropriate treatment to
fight against these health issues.