Thigh Lift

People throughout the country have come to board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Steven Wallach to tone and slim their thighs for a naturally ideal leg contour with minimally visible scars.

What is a Thigh Lift?

A thigh lift is a cosmetic surgery procedure that is performed on people who have concerns about excess skin and fat on their upper thighs or underneath the buttocks. Thigh lifts are a type of body contouring procedure that aim to tighten loose or excess skin in the inside, outside, and back of the thighs to achieve a smooth appearance and firmer lower body, especially in people who have experienced a significant amount of weight loss and who have lots of excess skin throughout their body.

Who is a Good Candidate for a Thigh Lift?

People are good candidates for thigh lift procedures when they have specific, measurable concerns about the appearance of their thighs. The best candidates for thigh lift or any plastic surgical treatment are those who:

  • Do not smoke
  • Have realistic expectations for the outcome of their procedure
  • Are generally healthy
  • Have no underlying medical conditions
  • Are willing and able to spend time recovering from the treatment

Often, people who have lost a significant amount weight quickly are good candidates for body contouring procedures like a thigh lift or lower body lift. Additionally, those who have severe skin laxity in their lower body or have symptoms such as severe chafing due to excess skin and fat in the inner thighs can be good candidates as well.

Thigh Lift Procedures

A thigh lift procedure is performed under general anesthesia. Often the patient is placed face-down and the excess skin and excess fat is removed and closed with dissolvable stitches. The patient usually has drains and is placed in a binder or compression garment, which is worn for several weeks following the procedure.

Patients usually have discomfort in the abdominal midline where the muscle weakness was treated for about a week and a half before they feel back to normal. Strenuous activity should be avoided for up to six weeks depending on your specific surgical plan.

Lateral Thigh Lift

A lateral thigh lift is performed to treat loose frontal thigh skin that often occurs after you have lost a significant amount of weight. This area is often treated during a circumferential abdominoplasty. The incision used is often the same as used during a lower body lift. Often, a formal lateral thigh lift procedure can be performed during a lower body lift with or without the addition of liposuction.

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.

Medial Thigh Lift

The medial thigh lift is performed to improve the appearance and function of the inner thigh. It can treat loose, sagging skin and excess skin as well as deeper soft tissue excess. Variations of this plastic surgery procedure approach will depend upon the severity of the laxity.

Crescent Lift

A crescent excision pattern is a common variation for thigh lift patients in New York City who have moderate laxity of the upper inner thigh. This technique does not treat the lower thigh and is the more common plastic surgery procedure performed for patients who have not had significant weight loss. The incision is usually confined to the pelvic crease and the inner buttock region.

Extended Medial Thigh Lift

This is performed in patients with severe laxity of the inner thigh that extends toward the knee. This is more commonly performed in patients with massive weight loss. An L-shaped incision pattern is used along with a groin crease incision as well as a longitudinal incision down the inner thigh toward the knee.

During your procedure, Dr. Wallach ensures the natural removal of excess skin and soft tissue through these incisions, with the resulting scar appearing like the inseam of a pair of pants.

Results and Recovery from Thigh Lift Surgery

Your thigh lift results will be life-long, and you can enjoy your new contours as long as you maintain a healthy and active lifestyle, following a nutritious diet and exercise regimen. Even though you will be able to see your body contouring results immediately, the final individual results may vary and will be visible in about 1 year. With removal of the excess and loose skin, you can enjoy a slimmer silhouette and smooth skin throughout the thigh region that was treated.

Schedule a Thigh Lift in New York City

If the appearance of your thighs is burdensome or causes undue embarrassment or interferes with your normal lifestyle, Dr. Wallach may be able to help. Thigh lifts and lower body lifts are transformational procedures that have helped many people realize their body contour goals and boost their self-confidence in the clothing they want to look great in. Learn more about a thigh lift by contacting our office by phone or by filling out our online contact form today.

Thigh Lift Frequently Asked Questions

Can you get lipo on your inner thighs?

Yes liposuction can be performed on the inner thighs.

Does running get rid of cellulite?

Running does not improve cellulite.

Can you get surgery to remove arm fat?

Surgery can be performed to remove arm fat.

How are thigh lifts done?

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.

Does a lower body lift include thighs?

A lower body lift does not include a formal thigh lift but you may see some improvement of the thighs during the body lift.

How can I firm up flabby thighs?

Flabby arms can be firmed with some lasers. Flabby arms can be firmed up with liposuction and direct skin excision in some cases.

Does insurance cover skin removal after weight loss?

Insurance does not cover thigh lift skin removal.

How can I reduce my thigh fat?

Thigh fat can be reduced with liposuction or direct excision during a thigh lift.

How dangerous is a thigh lift?

A thigh lift is not dangerous

How much does a thigh lift Cost?

A thigh lift fee will vary. It can cost from $8500-20,000.

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

The best way to get rid of loose thigh skin, is by direct skin excision.

How much does it cost for a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck can cost between $8500-15000.

How do you prepare for a thigh lift?

I tell my patients to eat healthy and exercise regularly, and also to avoid medications or supplements that can cause bleeding.

How much does it cost to remove inner thigh fat?

The fee will vary whether it is liposuction or an inner thigh lift.

How long is recovery from a thigh lift?

Usually patients can go back to light duty after about 7-10 days.

Is having a thigh gap healthy?

Having a thigh gap is not always possible after an inner thigh lift.

What are the different types of thigh lifts?

There are generally two types of thigh lifts: 1)an inner thigh lift using a crescent excision pattern in the groin crease. 2) a vertical incision or hockey stick incision approach.

What is a spiral thigh lift?

A spiral thigh lift is an inner thigh lift using a hockey incision approach.

What does a thigh lift Cost?

The fee for a thigh lift varies from between $8500-$20000

What is a thigh lift?

A thigh lift is a procedure in which inner thigh skin and fat is removed to improve the contour of the inner thigh.

What exercises help lose thigh fat?

A good exercise regimen can help reduce thigh fat.

What is an inner thigh lift surgery?

There are generally two types of thigh lifts: 1)an inner thigh lift using a crescent excision pattern in the groin crease. 2) a vertical incision or hockey stick incision approach.

What is a bilateral thigh lift?

There are generally two types of thigh lifts: 1)an inner thigh lift using a crescent excision pattern in the groin crease. 2) a vertical incision or hockey stick incision approach.

What is considered a thigh gap?

A thigh gap is the space between the two thighs.

Where are the scars for a thigh lift?

The incisions can be in the groin crease and can also go down the inseam of the inner thigh.

Will a thigh lift get rid of cellulite?

A thigh lift does not improve cellulite.

Steven Wallach MD

Steven Wallach MD

Dr. Wallach is a board-certified plastic surgeon in New York City who specializes in performing cosmetic procedures of the face, breast and body. As one of the cutting edge experts in the field, Dr. Wallach consults on a regular basis with people in the beauty, media, and publishing worlds.

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