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
"On my drive home from out of town I tripped and cut my finger pretty bad! Dr. Chidester stitched me up beautifully. He is crazy good at his job and is also fun to be with! Who has a good time getting stitches? Also he's great to follow on social media! I love watching his surgeries. Anyway, he is by a landslide the best plastic surgeon in utah!"- A.N. / Google / Jul 04, 2020
"Dr. Chidester and his whole staff are absolutely AMAZING. They answered all my questions and went above and beyond with care. My results are fantastic and exceeded my expectations. Highly recommend!!"- C.M. / Google / Jun 20, 2020
"I was SO PLEASED with Dr Chidester, his office staff and my results. He makes you feel comfortable and confident every step of the way. I am 6 wks post breast aug and feel amazing. I would recommend him to anyone!"- K.J. / Google / Mar 30, 2020
"Dr. Chidester is wonderful. He has amazing bedside manners. He is kind and friendly, yet very professional. He is easy to talk to and patient with all the questions I had. I highly recommend all my friends and family to see him. In fact I have already had 3 family members and many friends use him for various procedures."- C.C. / Google / Mar 30, 2020
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, CareCredit, 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.