At Tarola Plastic Surgery in Murfreesboro, TN, Dr. Nicholas A. Tarola, MD prides himself in his ability to help his clients look young and beautiful regardless of their age. Today, we’re looking at one of our most popular anti-aging procedures, a thigh lift. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about this procedure and more.
How Long Does a Thigh Lift Last?
Thigh lift results usually last between five and 10 years. The longevity of your results depends on several factors, including your age, health, lifestyle, and weight management. Generally, the younger you are when you get surgery, the longer you can expect your results to last. You can also expect to enjoy your optimal results longer if you maintain your health and weight.
What Can I Do To Extend the Longevity of My Results?
One of the most effective things you can do to enjoy your thigh lift results longer is to maintain a stable weight after your procedure. If you lose a significant amount of weight very quickly, your thigh skin may sag again. You can also help extend the longevity of your results by drinking at least six cups of hydrating fluids daily. Hydration is crucial for skin elasticity.
You should also exercise regularly to enjoy your results longer. Do such exercises as leg presses, weighted squats, weighted lunges, and Olympic lifts. You should also regularly do aerobic exercises that work the thighs, like walking, running, swimming, or cycling. Furthermore, you should do your best to eat nutritiously most of the time. Aim to get plenty of vitamins, minerals, and protein in your diet.
What Should I Avoid If I Want To Enjoy My Results Longer?
To keep your thighs looking young and beautiful for as long as possible, you should avoid sun damage. The UV radiation emitted by the sun damages the collagen that keeps your skin tight, smooth, and healthy. You should also avoid smoking or consuming tobacco products in other ways if you want your thighs to look firm and smooth for as long as possible.
Consuming tobacco products is bad for your skin because they contain nicotine. This chemical compound affects your collagen negatively in many ways, including reducing the rate at which your skin produces collagen and damaging the collagen you have. For similar reasons, you should avoid consuming copious amounts of alcohol. Men should drink no more than two units of alcohol daily and women should stick to one unit daily at most.
How Long Will My Procedure Take?
You can generally expect your procedure to take two to three hours to complete. Factors affecting the duration of your procedure include the number of concerns being treated and the severity of the concerns that you need to treat. Before your procedure begins, we will inspect the targeted areas to ensure there are no contraindications and sanitize the incision locations.
Then, we will administer anesthesia to ensure you remain calm and comfortable during your procedure. After that, incisions will be made so that we can remove excess skin and a little excess fat. Additionally, we will manipulate your underlying tissues to further enhance your appearance. After that, the remaining skin will be sutured closed. Depending on your goals, we can enhance your inner or outer thighs or both.
How Should I Prepare for My Procedure?
The most important thing you can do to prepare for a thigh lift is to attend an initial consultation with a qualified surgeon. During this consultation, Dr. Tarola will verify that you are a good candidate for this procedure and advise you on what other preparation steps are required. You should let him know what medications you are currently taking. You may need to stop taking some of your medications, like:
- Fish oil supplements
- Ginkgo biloba supplements
Another vital preparation step to take is to not smoke for two weeks prior to surgery. Smoking and consuming nicotine in other ways can negatively affect your blood pressure. Similarly, you should not consume alcohol for two weeks post-op because it can thin your blood or change your blood pressure drastically.
What Aftercare Guidelines Will I Need To Follow?
During the first four days following your procedure, you should try to do as little as possible. However, every couple of hours you should get up and walk a bit. You should also get plenty of sleep.
What Other Ways Can I Reverse the Signs of Aging?
BOTOX is another popular way to reverse some of the signs of aging. This injectable prescription medication can reverse many aging signs, including smoker’s lines, crow’s feet, glabellar lines, and forehead folds. However, it is not appropriate for everyone, including people who can’t stop taking NSAIDs, certain sleep aids, or oral muscle relaxants.
Schedule Your Initial Consultation Today
Thigh lift results can last for up to a decade. Factors that affect the longevity of your results include how well you maintain your weight, how young you are, and how healthy your lifestyle is. To find out if this treatment is right for you, contact us today at Tarola Plastic Surgery in Murfreesboro, TN to schedule your initial consultation.