A thigh lift is a surgical procedure that tightens the skin across the inner and outer thighs, reduces excess fat and creates a smoother contour in the lower body. It is often sought by those who have experienced a significant weight loss and feel burdened by the excess skin which failed to bounce back to match their new size. If you are not a candidate for a thigh lift or want to avoid the cost and recovery time associated with cosmetic surgery, rest assured that there are noninvasive alternatives. These treatments may not produce the permanent and dramatic results of a surgical lift, but they can still improve the texture of the skin.
Arasys uses bio-waves to target the muscles in the thighs and buttocks, forcing them to contract the same way they would during exercise. Originally developed to treat patients with multiple sclerosis, the Arasys device proved effective at tightening skin across the body and made the transition into the cosmetic industry. A treatment takes 15 to 17 minutes and can result in losses of 2 to 6 inches. The procedure is relatively painless, with no downtime and no side effects.
While this treatment is typically used as an alternative to surgical facelifts, the same device and technology can be used to tighten skin on the thighs. In this procedure, an infrared laser is used to produce heat deep in the skin. This causes collagen strands to contract, which simultaneously contracts the skin on the surface. Some tightening is apparently immediately, but it can take up to six months for the full results to become visible. Typically 2 to 3 treatment sessions, lasting less than an hour each, are required to achieve the best results. There is no downtime, and there are few risks associated with this treatment.
VelaShape and VelaSmooth
VelaShape and VelaSmooth treatments both use elos technology (electrical-optical synergy). This technology combines radio frequency energy, infrared energy, and vacuum and mechanical massage to simultaneously increase collagen growth and tighten skin. A laser is used to heat the skin beneath the surface to target collagen production. Vacuum rollers massage the surface of the skin to increase blood flow and enhance the metabolic breakdown of fat. VelaShape and VelaSmooth can also be effective in reducing cellulite. Repeat treatments are needed to maintain results, which are visible in as little as four weeks.
Mesotherapy and LipoDissolve
Mesotherapy and LipoDissolve are both injection-based cellulite treatments. They are set apart from other treatments because they target the mesoderm, the middle layer of skin, instead of aiming for a deeper layer. The injections are said to break apart fat pockets by weakening the connective tissue that causes the dimples associated with cellulite. The fat itself is liquefied and removed by the body's natural processes. In both treatments, a customized combination of vitamins, pharmaceuticals and homeopathic medications are injected into this layer of the skin. Results must be maintained with repeat treatments. The main difference between the two treatments is the concentration of the injected substances. LipoDissolve is the more concentrated treatment.