At 48, I lost 30 pounds in weight. At 50, I started walking 2-3 miles a day..

Now at 52 I am searching for a way to get rid of this flab around my hips and thighs...and the cellulite that is rolling down my butt and legs...all suggestions gratefully received

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Plastic surgery after weight loss

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Sounds like a lower body lift and a medial thigh lift may take care of your problems. Without pictures or a physical exam it is difficult to determine exactly what you will need. Consult with a properly trained plastic surgeon and they should be able to help you decide what you may need.

A lower body lift might be ideal

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You did not mention the current appearance of your abdomen.  Should you also have sagging skin in the area, you might be a good candidate for a lower body lift in which the resulting scar goes around the entire circumference of the lower torso (just like a belt). 
A lower body lift accomplishes several things in one surgery: tighten the abdomen, reshape the outer thigh, elevate the sagging skin in the hips, and lift the drooping buttocks. 
Nevertheless, only a personal consultation (of course with a board-certified plastic surgeon who performs body contouring surgery after weight loss on a regular basis) can help determine the best surgical approach. 
I hope that helps and good luck. 

Body Lift or Something Else

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Congratulations on the weight loss and the commitment to daily walking you've been achieving for the last few years! While you might benefit from a body lift, you might be better served by another procedure or combination of procedures.
Start by looking for board certified plastic surgeons who perform body lifts and take a look at some of the before and after photos for that procedure. Schedule a consult to discuss your specific goals and the surgeon will help you determine what procedures can help you accomplish those goals.

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Body lifting - what is needed after my weight loss and fitness

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Thank you for asking about your body lifting.
  • You truly need a comprehensive consultation with a plastic surgeon who does post-weight loss body lift.
  • You may need a lower body lift, a thigh lift - or something else.
  • Without an exam and discussion of what you want to achieve, one can't easily create a surgical plan for you.
Always see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. Best wishes  - Elizabeth Morgan MD PHD FACS

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