Thigh Lift

What is a Thigh Lift?

Most patients who have lost a significant amount of weight are also concerned about the appearance of their thighs. As they lose weight, the excess skin may hang from their thighs, causing them to be self-conscious. These patients can benefit from a thigh lift, which can remove the extra skin.

The thigh lift procedure can achieve the following:
• Reduce excess skin and fat
• Achieve smoother skin and improved contours of the thighs
• Improve overall proportions of the thighs compared to the rest of the body

Who can Benefit from a Thigh Lift?

Individuals who are unhappy with excess skin and tissue on their thighs can often benefit from a thigh lift. Ideal candidates are individuals who are at a stable weight, who are overall healthy, and who have realistic goals for the outcome of their surgery. It is also important that patients are committed to following a healthy lifestyle in order to maintain their results. The best way to determine if you are a candidate for this procedure is to schedule a consultation appointment at our office.

The Procedure

The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis in our fully accredited facility. General anesthesia is administered by a physician anesthesiologist to maximize your safety and comfort during and after the procedure. The incision pattern that is used may vary, though there are generally two different techniques, including an inner thigh lift incision and an outer thigh lift incision.
Inner thigh lift incision: Involves incisions in the groin, extending down and wrapping around the back of the thigh.
Outer thigh lift incision: An incision is created extending from the groin around the hip and across the back.
Sutures will be used to close up incisions and support the new contours.

Thigh Lift Recovery

Following a thigh lift, patients may experience bruising and swelling, which will resolve with time. A compression garment may need to be worn to help reduce swelling and hold your new body contours in place. Sutures are often removed after the first week during a follow-up visit with your surgeon. Movement should be kept to a minimum for the first two weeks, and you should avoid stretching your thighs when sitting and bending. In most cases, incisions should be fully healed by the six-week mark, however, it can take up to six months for swelling to completely subside.

Can you get lipo on your inner thighs?

Liposuction can be used to remove fat pockets from the inner thighs. This can help reduce chafing associated with inner thigh fat.

Does a lower body lift include thighs?

A lower body lift is a comprehensive procedure that rejuvenates areas like the hips, buttocks, flanks, thighs, and lower abdomen. A thigh lift is a procedure that specifically deals with the thighs.

Does insurance cover skin removal after weight loss?

This can depend on a variety of factors – some providers cover the cost of excess skin removal while others don’t. We encourage patients to confirm any coverage ahead of their cosmetic consultation.

Does running get rid of cellulite?

Cellulite can’t be gotten rid of through exercise, it may improve the appearance of the skin. Cosmetic treatments are typically needed in order to reduce the appearance of cellulite.

How are thigh lifts done?

A thigh lift uses incisions on the inner thigh to access the underlying tissue. From there, the skin can be tightened and fat removed for a more contoured appearance.

How can I firm up flabby thighs?

Diet and exercise don’t typically produce substantial results for the thighs. The most effective options include non-surgical or surgical body contouring.

How can I reduce my thigh fat?

Procedures like liposuction or the thigh lift are the most effective and permanent way to reduce thigh fat.

How dangerous is a thigh lift?

Like any other surgery, the thigh lift comes with inherent risks. A board-certified plastic surgeon can help you understand them, as well as the best ways to promote a safe and effective procedure.

How do you get rid of loose skin on your thighs?

The thigh lift is the best way to get rid of excess skin on the thighs. It can help reduce symptoms like chafing or irritation common with loose skin, as well as achieve a slimmer and more toned look to the thighs.

How do you prepare for a thigh lift?

Our board-certified plastic surgeons will provide detailed preparation instructions for your thigh lift procedure. This may include steps like avoiding certain medications, fasting, and arranging transportation.

How long is recovery from a thigh lift?

A thigh lift can require 2-3 weeks of dedicated downtime. Your plastic surgeon will give you the best estimate of when you can return to your normal daily schedule.

What are the different types of thigh lifts?

The vertical and longitudinal thigh lifts are the two most common types of thigh lift. They refer to the type of incision used during the procedure.

What exercises help lose thigh fat?

It’s not possible to reduce fat in a specific area of the body through diet and exercise. Body contouring procedures or treatments are the most effective way to get rid of fat in a specific area.

Where are the scars for a thigh lift?

Thigh lift scars are virtually undetectable after the incisions have completely healed. They are typically located along the hip, within the groin crease, or down the inner thigh.

Will a thigh lift get rid of cellulite?

A thigh lift may get improve the appearance cellulite by removing excess fat and tightening the skin, but removing cellulite is not the goal of a thigh lift.

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