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Restore your self-confidence with the benefits of a thigh lift in Fountain Valley, CA

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Benefits of Thigh Lift in Fountain Valley CA area
Dr. Thomas Nguyen and his associates at The Institute of Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery want to provide a comfortable and stress-free surgical experience. Patients who have excess skin around the thigh area, either due to aging or weight loss, may be insecure about their physical appearance. A thigh lift will remove this excess skin and soft tissue, resulting in firmer, more attractive and younger looking thighs.

It is important that if you and Dr. Nguyen decide a thigh lift is right for you, that you go into it with proper expectations about what a thigh lift is meant to achieve (and not achieve), who makes a proper candidate, the cost, what to expect from the procedure as well as the recovery.

What is thigh lift surgery and what are the benefits?

Thigh lift surgery is reshaping of the thigh. This is accomplished by reducing the amount of skin and fat on the thigh. This provides the patient with skin that is smoother and will also leave the thigh-area and lower body with better-proportioned contours. For patients who have tried and maintained proper weight control methods but have been unable to achieve a more youthful and better proportioned thigh region, a thigh lift could be the answer.

It’s important to understand that thigh lifts are not the same as liposuction of the thigh. While fat will be removed from the thigh area during the procedure, thigh lifts are not intended strictly for fat removal. If your skin already has good elasticity and can conform naturally to your new body contours, then you may want to investigate liposuction instead. A thigh lift is more appropriate in situations in which skin elasticity is poor.

Am I a proper candidate for thigh lift surgery?

Most surgeons, when evaluating a possible patient for thigh lift surgery, are looking at very specific metrics in determining possible candidacy. Generally, a good thigh lift candidate needs to meet the following requirements:
  • Your weight will need to be relatively stable
  • You have a surplus of soft tissue along the inner and/or outer thigh
  • Your overall health needs to be in good condition. Certain medical conditions may impair healing and increase surgery risks
  • Nonsmoker
  • Mental health is also important. Those with a positive outlook and sensible goals for what thigh lift will accomplish are going to be considered better candidates
  • Patients who commit themselves to a healthy lifestyle. This includes a healthy diet and fitness plan post-surgery

How much is a thigh lift going to cost?

How much is a thigh lift going to cost in Fountain Valley CA area
In 2018, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported that the average cost of thigh lift surgery was 5,317. This is only an average, and the actual cost to you will be determined by your doctor. Another important thing to note is that this is the partial average cost. This number does not include peripheral costs such as the cost of anesthesia, O.R. facilities or other related costs. Your surgeon’s fee for the surgery will depend on his/her experience, the type of procedure provided and geographic location. Most insurance companies will consider the procedure elective and will not cover it, but you need to reach out to your insurance provider to discuss this and see if the procedure may be covered.

Preparation, procedure and recovery

In the preparatory stages, you may be asked to get a medical evaluation, take/change certain medications, stop smoking and taking aspirin, NSAIDs and any herbal supplements you may be currently taking that can affect and increase bleeding.

You will be administered anesthesia for the procedure. Your options will be presented to you prior to the procedure and will include IV sedation as well as general anesthesia.

The incision patterns required are dependent on the need of the patient. Variables that lead to this determination include the size of the area needing treatment, the amount of correction necessary and patient/surgeon preference. There are a few options for the technique used:
  • An incision placed in the groin which is extended downward and wraps around the rear of the thigh
  • The excess skin is removed from the groin to the knee using an incision that is placed along the inseam
  • Some may qualify for a thigh lift which only requires an incision in the groin area
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Your surgeon will discuss it and tell you which technique is best for your situation.

Your doctor will discuss recovery with you. Topics of recovery will include an expected time of recovery, proper care of the surgical area, what medications to take or apply, concerns to watch for around the affected surgical site and when to follow up with your surgeon.

If you are looking into or have questions about thigh lift surgery and if it’s right for you, please reach out to Dr. Nguyen and he will be happy to schedule a consultation.

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Dr. Thomas T. Nguyen board certified plastic surgeon Fountain Valley, CA A Magna cum Laude graduate from Millsaps College, Dr. Thomas T. Nguyen is a board certified plastic surgeon. He brings with him a plethora of skill, expertise and knowledge given his 20 plus years of experience in the field.

Dr. Nguyen is presently the medical director of The Institute of Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery. He has engaged in research and contributed to many medical publications and continues to be deeply passionate about providing the best possible treatment for his patients.
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