Slimming Your Thighs

Everyone sags more and more as we age. But certain places are more annoying than others…such as your thighs. Loose skin that makes for saggy thighs can keep a person from wearing shorts and swimsuits. And what’s the point of living in the great weather we have in San Diego if you’re worried about hiding saggy thighs.

Dr. Kearney can slim and contour your thighs with a thigh lift.

What causes my thighs to sag?

Our skin and support tissues all sag as we age. This is simply a result of gravity and a decreasing production of collagen in the body. Some people are also prone to more sagging simply through their genetics. Thanks, Mom!

But the main cause of overly saggy thighs is the gain and loss of a good deal of weight. This initial stretching of the skin and underlying tissues can simply expand them beyond the point where they can rebound to their formerly taut condition.

Would a thigh lift be good for me?

If you’ve lost a large amount of weight (first off, congratulations!), odds are your thighs have some loose skin. Thigh lifts are also excellent for those with poor skin elasticity on the inner or outer thighs. The procedure will remove the excess skin and tighten and firm the thigh contour.

There is a simple test to see if a thigh lift would benefit you:

  • For the inner thigh lift, stand in front of a mirror and pinch the skin of your inner thigh and lift that skin upwards toward your groin. This will give you an idea of what an inner thigh lift will accomplish.
  • For the outer thigh lift, pinch the excess skin at your hip together. Notice the effect this has on the profile of your leg, making it appear more slender and contoured. This is what an outer thigh lift will do.

How does Dr. Kearney perform a thigh lift?

This procedure usually targets either the inner or outer thighs. During your consultation, Dr. Kearney will discuss your options.

  • Inner thigh lift

The inner thigh lift is done with an incision at the junction where the thigh meets the pubic area. This gives Dr. Kearney access to the underlying tissues while making the incision as discreet as possible. A wedge of skin is removed, along with unnecessary fat (some fat needs to stay), and the remaining skin is pulled upward.

  • Outer thigh lift

The outer lift has the goal of tightening the skin on the front and outside portions of the thighs. For the outer lift, Dr. Kearney makes the incision at the top of the leg near the hipbone, creating a “V” shape. This incision can be hidden beneath the panty line. The incision may wrap around to your hip or buttocks area, depending on your needs. Excess skin is trimmed and the remaining skin pulled up and attached to the same area. An outer lift can remove larger amounts of tissue, and it can lift your buttocks along with your thighs.

Dr. Kearney’s experience at placing incisions where they can be hidden in natural creases is important in thigh lift procedures, although there will still be scarring.

Want to address those sagging thighs now that you’ve done the hard part and have lost the weight? Call Dr. Kearney at 858-677-9352 to schedule your consultation.

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