A thigh lift or thighplasty is the perfect procedure if you’re looking to decrease the overall circumference of your thighs for a slimmer appearance. By combining liposuction with the removal of excess skin, your board-certified plastic surgeon can make your thighs look more toned, while effectively smoothing out the skin. However, as with all plastic surgeries, whether or not you keep your results is totally up to you.
If you don’t maintain a balanced calorie intake, you can still gain weight back in your thighs. The blood cells removed by liposuction will never grow back, but the leftover fat cells can grow in response to a high caloric intake that isn’t matched by exercise. Essentially, if you aren’t careful, your thighs can go right back to the way they were, stretching your skin even further. Fortunately, a little discipline goes a long way to ensuring that doesn’t happen to you.
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If you’ve already had your thigh lift Houston, then your plastic surgeon has already done the heavy lifting. All you have to do is maintain the status quo. If you’ve struggled with weight gain in the past, then a calorie counting app can be an especially useful tool. Many of them come with the ability to scan the barcodes on foodstuffs, making them easy to use. They also often have social media functions that you can enable if you want to establish better habits with your friends and hold each other accountable.
However, you may be surprised how limited your options are if you live a sedentary lifestyle. For foodies everywhere, 20-30 minutes of high-intensity exercise 3-5 times a week is the best way to ensure that you can still enjoy many of your favorite treats without putting your new legs at risk. You won’t be able to start this regime right away. Dr. Linville will need to clear you for activity first, but once you’re healed, here are a few things you can try.
Keep Your Results after a Thigh Lift: Exercises to Try
For those of you who are eyeing that cheeseburger, your first step is to reintroduce cardio back into your life. You do want to build muscle to increase the number of calories you burn while stationary, but cardio is the best way to jumpstart your metabolism and keep your heart healthy. Just running a mile or two 3-5 days a week can make a huge difference in the way you’re able to eat. However, your legs may need a more targeted approach to keep the tone you love. Here’s some ideas.
Yoga is great exercise for your mind and body, and it has the added bonus of being highly accessible for most people. The warrior poses are especially useful for keeping your leg muscles engaged during a relaxing, yet challenging yoga session.
There are a number of different poses that fit in this category, but Warrior III is perhaps the most challenging. The pose requires you to stand on one foot, keep the knee slightly bent. Then lift the other leg behind you with your toe pointed until it’s parallel to the floor as you bend over with arms outstretched to create a flat plane from your lifted foot through your head and arms.
Lunges are one of the best bodyweight workouts for your legs. Start in a standing position, and step forward with one leg. Your feet should be about two shoulder-widths apart. Then bend the front knee. Your thigh should be parallel to the floor, but your knee should not push past your ankle. Instead, the front leg should form a near-perfect right angle at the knee. You will need to lift the back heel, so make sure your back leg stays in alignment rather than letting your ankle push out or in.
Squats are great for your posterior and your upper thighs. To do a squat place your feet about a shoulder’s width apart, then bend both knees until they’re close to creating a right angle. Try not to push your backside too far out. In fact, a squat works best if you imagine you’re about to sit down onto an invisible chair.
If you’re worried about form, then a chair squat will suffice. Stand against a wall with your feet slightly in front of you, a shoulder-width apart. Press your back to the wall and slowly lower yourself into a sitting position. Hold your place as long as you can. If it’s difficult for you to push back up the wall, then lower yourself down slowly.