My lower half of my legs are sagging. Can I achieve any improvement with workout alone? (photos)
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Saggy butt and thighs
Consult with a p.s. who specializes in these types of operatiins.
Peter Fisher M.D.
Alternatives To Thigh Lift Surgery
It's not unusual for massive weight loss patients to develop loose, saggy skin. This can affect almost any area of the body. When this situation arises, it's virtually impossible to correct this problem without removing this excess skin.
We frequently see patients who are eager to avoid surgery and the associated recovery. These patients are often fearful of surgery. For this reason, these patients often consider diet, exercise and non-surgical methods of treatment. Unfortunately, none of these approaches address loose, saggy excess skin.
If you're concerned about loose thigh skin, consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon with experience in this area is appropriate. Your surgeon should be able to formulate a treatment plan that addresses your anatomic findings and achieves your aesthetic goals.
My lower half of my legs are sagging. Can I achieve any improvement with workout alone?
Kenneth Hughes, MD
Los Angeles, CA
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Firstly, this is quite a common problem after significant weight loss and you are not alone. When we lose weight, the skin does not quite a shrink back to how it was before. Working out may improve the bulk of the muscles (and help tighten a small part of the slack) but is unlikely to have much effect on the skin itself. Most people in this situation may benefit from a thighlift where excess skin is removed from upper and inner thigh/groin area to tighten the skin of the whole thigh. If there is excess fat around the knees/thighs (your photos don't show this part very well), liposuction may help.
Hope this helps.
Improve lower legs!
Your photos show you are fit but have a flattened buttock and loose inner upper thighs, a little excess knee fat and what appears to be lower leg looseness.
A thigh lift will tighten the inner upper thighs and a buttock lift - possibly with fat injections (BBL) also - will improve your buttocks.
The lower legs are difficult - anything more than a little liposuction will make them looser and there is no good lift for the lower legs. But thie lower leg has little muscle. It is mostly fascia attaching muscle to the knee.
In this area consider spot liposuction of the knees plus one of the office treatment machines such as Vanquish to try to tighten the rest of this area. Best wishes.
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