A thigh lift procedure is performed to lift the thighs by removing excess skin and fat.
A thigh lift can cost between $8-20K
During the consultation, you will spend a lot of time with the doctor reviewing your surgical goals. An exam will then be performed and a surgical plan will be discussed with you at length.
The risks of surgery include poor wound healing, infection, seroma, hematoma, dysesthesia, unfavorable scarring, rebound laxity, and need for further procedures.
The procedure is often performed under general anesthesia and can be performed with a crescent excision pattern in the groin crease or a hockey stick type incision going vertically down the medial thigh. If the lateral thigh lift procedure is performed then this is often accomplished with an incision along the belt line.
Lateral Thigh Lift
A lateral thigh lift is performed to treat loose lateral thigh skin that often occurs after significant amount of weight loss. Commonly, this area is treated during a circumferential abdominoplasty. The incision used is often the same as used during a lower body lift (LBL). Often a formal lateral thigh lift procedure will be performed after a LBL when the patient can be placed on their side with the treated leg in an extended position (abducted). Sometimes liposuction is performed as well. Interestingly, because of the way the skin of the thigh adheres to the leg, pulling up on the lateral thigh spirals around toward the inner thigh, and may provide some improvement of the inner (medial thigh) as well. This plastic surgery procedure can be performed in two to three hours and the recuperation takes one to two weeks.
Medial Thigh Lift
The medial thigh lift is performed to improve the appearance of the inner thigh. It can treat loose, sagging skin and excess skin and the deeper soft tissue excess. Variations of this plastic surgery procedure approach will depend upon the severity of the laxity.
A patient may be placed in a compression garment or have their thighs wrapped with dressings. Drains may be used as well.
Thigh lifts can be performed using an inner thigh crease incision removing a crescent of tissue or an incision can be extended down the inner thigh towards the knee.
A lower body lift does not include a formal thigh lift but you may see some improvement of the thighs during the body lift.
Flabby arms can be firmed with some lasers. Flabby arms can be firmed up with liposuction and direct skin excision in some cases.
Thigh fat can be reduced with liposuction or direct excision during a thigh lift.
I tell my patients to eat healthy and exercise regularly, and also to avoid medications or supplements that can cause bleeding.
Usually patients can go back to light duty after about 7-10 days.
A thigh lift is a procedure in which inner thigh skin and fat is removed to improve the contour of the inner thigh.
A good exercise regimen can help reduce thigh fat.
The incisions can be in the groin crease and can also go down the inseam of the inner thigh.