While both are effective methods for enhancing the contours of your thighs, they serve different purposes and provide patients with different kinds of results. Understanding the differences between the two can help you make an informed decision about which treatment is best suited for your needs and desires.
Thigh Lift: Best for Excess Skin
A thigh lift, particularly an outer thigh lift, is most effective when you want to remove excess skin. This procedure is designed to significantly lift the upper thighs, especially the outer thighs. But it’s worth adding that the effectiveness of a thigh lift decreases as the procedure moves down the thigh. That means the lift is most prominent closer to the incision at hip level. Also, thigh lifts might not be the right choice for everyone. The tension required to tighten the skin below the mid-thigh can cause scars to widen or even split open.
Thigh Liposuction: Best for Fat Reduction
If excess fat is your main concern, thigh liposuction is likely a better choice for you. Unlike a thigh lift, which primarily targets sagging skin, liposuction focuses on the removal of fat deposits. It’s less invasive than a thigh lift and has a shorter recovery time. During your consultation with the Plastic Surgery Center of Dallas, Dr. Walker will assess your needs and determine if you are a better candidate for thigh liposuction based on your goals and body type.
Inner Thigh Lift: Additional Consideration
It’s also important to point out that inner thigh lifts can be complex and are generally not recommended for everyone. This is because the degree of lift decreases the farther you go down the thigh and often leads to disappointing results. Inner thigh lifts are best suited for those whose primary issue is in the upper third of the inner thigh. The procedure can result in visible scarring and is, therefore, recommended only for some patients.
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Whether you choose a thigh lift or thigh liposuction largely depends on your individual needs and what you’re trying to achieve.
Dr. Rachel Walker and the team at the Plastic Surgery Center of Dallas are here to help you decide which procedure is best for you. To learn more about thigh lifts, thigh liposuction, and other body contouring options, call the practice at 972-661-5077 to schedule a personalized consultation.