What is a thigh lift?
Weight loss is an impressive victory for anyone. But women and men who achieve their weight loss goals occasionally need one extra thing to enhance their body transformation. Depending on the amount of time you were overweight and how much weight you lost, excess skin can become a separate issue for some patients. For many people, this can happen on the thighs. In Draper, UT, plastic surgeon Dr. Jerry Chidester, or Dr. Chiddy, offers thigh lift surgery (thighplasty), which removes extra skin on the outer and inner thighs and the buttocks to create a tighter look. Thighplasty surgery can provide natural-looking results for anyone battling sagging skin on the thighs.
"Did you know Dr. Chisester is also a reconstructive hand surgeon and hand specialist? My father was having major trouble with his hands for over a year. I direct messaged Dr. Chisester on Instagram and not only did HE respond, he took time to explain things my dad could do until he was able to get an appointment. My dad expressed how much he loved Dr. C during his appointments. He has amazing bed aide manner, an amazing staff, and truly cares about his patients, their happiness and really makes sure he provides stellar service! My dad was so happy with with him that I know for a fact if I ever chose plastic surgery or need a hand specialist he’s the only doctor I would contact and the only doctor I will recommend! Do yourself a favor and get on his books ASAP!!! Thank you Dr. Chidester and staff!!"- C.S. / Google / Jun 24, 2020
"Dr Chidester and his staff are amazing. I was impressed from the moment I walked in the door. I highly recommend his office. They are attentive to detail, very thorough about details, and they care about their patients. Plus Dr Chidester is an amazing dancer, Haha! You need to follow him on IG @drchiddy if you already don’t and see his fun tiktok dances."- B.C. / Google / Feb 25, 2021
"Dr Chidester and his team are hands down the best. Worth the wait, get on a list. I am so happy with his work and expertise. He also found a hernia and repaired it while fixing my abdominal separation. I’m so grateful he would take the time to do that. I always felt I was in the best of hands. His PA Meg is so sweet and calming too."- M.K. / Google / Feb 25, 2021
"Dr. Chidester did a fantastic job on my mommy makeover. I had a breast augmentation (375 cc), lift, galaform, internal bra, liposuction on my flanks and back, and a tummy tuck. I drove from out of town and stayed in a nearby hotel for 5 days. I say him 24 hours after surgery and on day 5 to get my drains taken out. He has great bedside manner and his nurses are amazing. By day four, I was off all of the pain meds and only used Tylenol. By day 6, I felt good enough to go in a plane ride over the Grand Canyon. I am 8 weeks post op and am still in awe with the way my scars are healing. I am back to almost all of the activities I was prior to the surgery. No doubt.... the best experience you will have!!! I have no regrets and would do it all over again with Dr. Chiddy."- B.C. / Google / Feb 18, 2021
"Dr. Chidester removed a large bump that had been growing for the last six years on the back of my hand, directly beneath my pinky and ring fingers. If I hit that bump accidently on anything, I got a sharp pain that shot up from the bump up to my elbow, not a pleasant thing to go through. I had seen two doctors about the bump, and the only thing they offered up was to drain it, and warned me that it would start filling up with fluid again, especially "at my age"! This was not the case with Dr. Chidister, he examined the bump and said that he could remove it in just a few minutes, but it had to be done at Lone Peak Hospital because of Covid restrictions. The hospital and staff there are amazing! Well, the surgery was done, and I was out of there in just a few hours. On the third day after surgery I accidentally hit my hand on something, and I waited for the pain but there was none! I had not been in any pain, AT ALL my hand was tender where the bump used to be, but NO PAIN, I never even had to take as aspirin! I'm so blessed to have been guided to Dr. Chidester, he is an amazing doctor, he must have hand picked his staff because EVERY one I came in contact with, was friendly, outgoing, and professional. DR. CHIDESTER AND STAFF, YOU ARE THE BEST! Thank you all for taking care of me I'm thrilled to have had you all on my team! P.S. That bump turned out to be a tumor...no cancer!"- K.F. / Google / Feb 13, 2021
Is A Thigh Lift For You?
Thighplasty is a skin tightening and removal procedure that addresses excess sagging skin. Typically, a thighplasty works well for patients who have undergone a major weight loss procedure. Thigh lift surgery is used on people who have lost over 100 or more pounds. It can also help older patients who experience sagging skin because of the natural aging process or women who had fluctuating bodyweight because of pregnancy and childbirth. If you have excess or wrinkly skin on your upper thighs (either the inner or outer thighs or both) and buttocks, thigh lift surgery is a good option. However, if cellulite is a bigger concern, Dr. Chiddy can recommend other procedures that help decrease the appearance.
During thigh lift surgery, Dr. Chiddy uses general anesthesia to ensure you remain comfortable throughout your procedure. To start with, we place an incision in the natural crease where the thigh meets the torso. Usually, it extends down to the middle part of the thigh. If necessary, this permits enough room to use surgical liposuction to eliminate unwanted pockets of fat and to trim away all loose skin at the top part of the thigh. Next, the skin is pulled upward so Dr. Chiddy can tighten and safely secure it with sutures. Depending on the amount of skin and tissue you have, you may need an additional incision near the outer thigh area or underneath the buttocks. Thigh lift surgery reshapes the thigh area for a tighter and more contoured look.
What to Expect
Thighplasty takes around 2 – 3 hours to perform. As soon as the procedure is over, we will monitor you and send you home to recover. For the first few days of recovery, patients will experience some bruising, discomfort, and swelling. After a couple of days, many patients can start to get up and walk slowly, which we recommend for better blood circulation and faster healing. Overall, your recovery time takes about 6 – 8 weeks. Dr. Chiddy will provide detailed aftercare instructions to ensure your incision heals and reduce the appearance of your scar. Although you experience some scarring, the new shape of your thighs can boost your confidence, which allows you to flaunt your legs with pride.
Get Tighter, Toned Thighs
If you have excess skin on your inner or outer thighs that causes embarrassment, we encourage you to call Dr. Chiddy in Draper, UT and learn more about surgical thigh lifts. Dr. Chiddy will create a custom treatment plan, and our billing team can provide information about the cost or financing through Prosper and Mountain America Credit Union. Often, patients combine this surgery with other contouring procedures, including tummy tucks or a lower body lift. Located near the Greater Salt Lake City area, please schedule your appointment with plastic surgeon Dr. Chiddy to attain a slimmer look.
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